The Australian Women’s Cricket Team has taken out the Twenty20 tri-series as part of its Commonwealth Bank Tour of India after defeating England by 57 runs in Mumbai today.
Having posted 4-209 batting first, Australia set out to defend what was the highest score ever in a women’s T20 international, and it all went to plan early with England losing quick wickets to be 2-14.
Opener Danni Wyatt looked dangerous for England, but Delissa Kimmince (2-35) made the important breakthrough for Australia.
Ashleigh Gardner (2-20) then claimed two middle order wickets, while Player of the Series Megan Schutt (3-14) was at her economical best.
England struggled to build any momentum and could only manage to post 9-152, 58 runs short of the target.
Australia batted first having lost the toss, with opener Beth Mooney dismissed without scoring.
Fellow opener Alyssa Healy (33) and Gardner (33) powered on however, the duo taking the score to 62 before they both fell in quick succession.
Captain Meg Lanning (88*) and Elyse Villani (51) settled themselves before launching an assault on the England bowlers, scoring 60 runs off the last five overs to push the total past the 200-mark.
Audio from a press conference with Lanning and Schutt is available below for editorial use:
Commonwealth Bank Tour of India schedule
12 March: First ODI, Vadodara International Cricket Stadium* - Australia won by eight wickets
15 March: Second ODI, Vadodara International Cricket Stadium* - Australia won by 60 runs
18 March: Third ODI, Vadodara International Cricket Stadium* - Australia won by 97 runs
T20I Tri-Series (Australian fixtures only)
22 March: Australia v India, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai - Australia won by six wickets
23 March: Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai - Australia lost by eight wickets
26 March: Australia v India, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai - Australia won by 36 runs
28 March: Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai - Australia won by eight wickets
31 March: Final, Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, Mumbai - Australia won by 57 runs
*ICC Women’s Championship matches