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The three-peat dream is alive.

Australia is one victory away from winning a sixth Women’s T20 World Cup title after defeating India in a nailbiting semi-final at Newlands on Friday morning AEDT.

A freak run-out of Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur and some superb death bowling from Australia’s spinners ensured Meg Lanning’s side clinched a narrow five-run win in Cape Town, knocking India out of the tournament.

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India was seemingly on track for victory in the 15th over of the run chase until Kaur’s bat got stuck in the pitch while scampering through for a second run, with Australian wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy whipping off the bails.

Kaur (52 from 34 balls) was run out in heartbreaking scenes, flinging her bat across the outfield in disgust while trudging back to the dugout – it proved a massive turning point in the match.

“Can’t feel unluckier than this,” Kaur, who was battling illness this week, confessed after the defeat.

“We got the momentum back… to lose from there, we weren‘t expecting this.

“The way I got run out, can‘t be unluckier than that.

“It was definitely a disappointment because the way I was batting, maybe that was the only chance I could get out. Otherwise, the way I was hitting the ball, I was taking this innings until the end.”

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, with Healy and Beth Mooney combining for a 52-run opening partnership as India repeatedly shot itself in the foot with sloppy fielding and dropped catches.

Mooney scored a belligerent 54 (37) before captain Lanning smacked an unbeaten 49 (34) at the death, slapping the final delivery of the innings over square leg for six. Player of the Match Ash Gardner muscled a quickfire 31 (18) in the dying overs as Australia registered 4-172.

India’s run chase got off to a rocky start, crumbling to 3-28 in the fourth over before Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues swung momentum back in their favour with a 69-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Rodrigues (43 from 24 balls) fell victim to young quick Darcie Brown in the 11th over before Kaur’s run-out set up a thrilling finish.

India’s lower order couldn’t get the job done at the death – Brown conceded one run from her last over of the match, while spinner Jess Jonassen leaked just four runs from the penultimate over, headlined by Ellyse Perry’s diving effort on the rope that prevented a certain boundary.

Needing 16 runs from the final over for victory, India could only muster 10, finishing with 8-167.

“Bowling the last over, I reckon my average heart rate was 190 to be honest with you,” Gardner said after the victory.

“I think that shows the way that we fight at the end as a team. That’s what we spoke about in the huddle right at the end was that we probably weren’t in a winning position, but that’s what this team does best.

“When our backs are up against the ball, we find a way and we scrap really hard.

“The fight that we showed shows the character of this team.”

Lanning described it as “one of the best games I have played in”.

“To fight back from the position we were in, probably not playing our best game in all three facets was great fighting spirit from the girls, couldn‘t be more proud of them,” she said.

“We probably missed our lengths a little bit, gave a bit of width at times. But India were coming hard at us. They have got some incredible players, so we knew it‘s got to be hard to defend and it came right down to the wire as we expected.

“I think we are able to stay calm and composed. We didn‘t execute as well as we would have liked but there was no panic out there. We knew that a couple of wickets will change it in our favour and we love the big moments. These are the games we want to play in.”

Australia will face either England or South Africa in its seventh consecutive T20 World Cup final on Monday morning AEDT.

Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images