West Indies women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira was crestfallen after her team was knocked out of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in the semi-final for the third time in a row.
After their eight-run loss to Australiain Mirpur on Thursday, she struggled to put together words, quite unlike her usual affable self. The deep sense of disappointment was not because the loss came against the defending champions, but because the game slipped out of its grasp, despite a win being in sight for 18 overs of the chase.
Chasing 141, Deandra Dottin reduced the chase to a cruise, till her dismissal, with the team needing 23 off 11 balls, turned the tide.
“It is a setback, but we need to still have faith to go to the next level,” she said. “After coming back from New Zealand where we lost 4-0 in the T20 Internationals, it was hard for us. But the way we overcame the disappointment and started this tournament was fantastic. Even today, right from the time we went out to bat, we believed we could have chased it down, especially with the potential we have.
“We are a team that believes in each other, even when Deandra fell we thought the game was in our hands, Stacy-Ann King was set and ready to go, but then we lost our way. It’s really tough but we have to find ways to move on. It’s about going back to the drawing board and seeing how we can come up and reach the next level.”