Australia Women Seal WT20 Hat-Trick
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets
ICC Women's World Twenty 2014 Final, Mirpur
Australia won the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 final against England by six wickets in Mirpur, thereby completing a hat-trick of titles.
At the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, they scored 106 for four to chase down their arch-rivals' inadequate total of 105 for eight, with 29 balls to spare.
Previously, Australia had won the 2012 title by beating England in the final, while they had beaten New Zealand in the 2010 final.
Chasing 106 for their hat-trick, Australia didn’t get off to the best starts, losing Jess Jonasson (15) in the third over with only 17 runs on the board. Her opening partner Elyse Villani (12) though held one end up and added 27 runs for the second wicket with skipper Meg Lanning.
The latter played a winning hand, scoring 44 runs off just 30 balls, as she didn’t allow England to make any more inroads. She hit four fours and two sixes, making light weather of the chase.
After Villani’s dismissal in the seventh over, giving her support was Ellyse Perry, who scored 31 runs off 32 balls. She hit three fours and one six during her stay at the crease, wherein she put up a 60-run stand for the third wicket with Lanning and took her team to the edge of victory.
On the cusp of their third title win, Australia lost Lanning and Alex Blackwell (0) in quick succession, but Perry complete the formalities in the 16th over. Natalie Sciver (2-12) was England’s best bowler, while Anya Shrubsole (1-29) and Jenny Gunn (1-13) took a wicket apiece.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. It was once again down to their best bats Sarah Taylor (18) and Charlotte Edwards (13) to give them a heady start and make trouble for Australia. But today they failed to do so, both returning to the dug-out by the tenth over with only 55 runs on the board for the loss of their two wickets.
It was then that Australia sensed blood and went in for the kill, picking up the next six wickets for only 60 runs conceded off the last 61 deliveries in the innings.
Heather Knight was the top scorer with 29 runs off 24 balls, with three fours included in her knock, but she didn’t find any support forthcoming from her team-mates. Only Amy Jones (12) reached double figures from among the middle and lower bats, even as Sarah Coyte (3-16) and Ellyse Perry (2-13) took five wickets between them to wreck the English innings.
Rene Farrell (2-27) and Erin Osborne (1-24) were the other wicket-takers as Australia restricted their opponents to a sub-par total and set up an easy chase.
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