Matthews, Taylor set up West Indies WWT20 title success

West Indies lift the ICC Women's World T20 trophy
West Indies lift the ICC Women's World T20 trophy
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Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews make a run during their partnership
Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews make a run during their partnership
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West Indies Women 149-2 (Matthews 66, Taylor 59) beat
Australia Women
148-5 (Villani 52, Lanning 52) by eight wickets
ICC Women's World T20 2016 final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata

West Indies Women claimed their maiden ICC Women's World T20 title by beating three-time champions Australia Women by eight wickets in the 2016 final in Kolkata.

Half-centuries from Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews put West Indies course before they scrambled home in the final over of an excellent game.

Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. Elyse Villani (52) and Meg Lanning (52) continued their good run in the tournament and added 77 runs for the second wicket after the early loss of Alyssa Healy (4).

Villani brought her half-century off just 34 deliveries and was the aggressive among the two with nine boundaries while Lanning reached her fifty off 45 deliveries.

Deandra Dottin (2-33) provided the breakthrough for West Indies after dismissing Villani but Lanning went on to add another 42 runs off 34 deliveries with Ellyse Perry (28).

After losing three more wickets and managing just 17 runs in the final three overs, Australia reached 148 for five in the 20 overs.

Dottin was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with two wickets and also was involved in the run-out dismissal of Erin Osborne (0).

Chasing the total, West Indies got off to a cautious start of nine for naught in the first three overs but both Taylor (59) and Matthews (66) upped the ante and scored 36 runs in the next three overs to take the total to 45 for naught in the powerplay.

The boundaries kept coming at regular intervals and at the halfway mark, West Indies were comfortable at 76 without losing a wicket.

Matthews brought up her fifty off just 35 deliveries with a six followed by a four in the 13th over and the duo brought the 100-run opening stand in the second over off just 81 deliveries.

The West Indies skipper on the other hand reached a calm fifty in 48 deliveries and West Indies needed 32 runs off the final five overs.

Even though Australia managed to remove Matthews and Taylor in the 16th and 19th over respectively, Dottin (18 not out) scored a couple of boundaries in the penultimate over to bring down the equation to three runs off the final over which they went on to complete in 19.3 overs.

The eight-wicket win led West Indies to their maiden Women's World T20 title victory which is the second major triumph for the country in this year after the Men's Under-19 team clinched the 50-over World Cup in February.

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