Windies take maiden title dethroning Australia in women’s T20

Windies take maiden title dethroning Australia in women’s T20

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Dhaka – West Indies notched their maiden title of the Women’s World Twenty20 with an emphatic 8-wicket victory dethroning straight three times champion Australia in the 5th edition final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.
The new powerhouse of Women’s cricket West Indies chased down 149 for 2 in 19.3 overs stimulated by the century plus opening pair contribution of 120 runs in 15.4 overs between Hayley Matthews and skipper Stafanie Taylor.
Matthews top-scored for her side firing 66 and was adjudged player of the final. Matthews fired six boundaries and three sixes off 45 balls, before being caught by Alex Blackwell off Kristen Beams.
Taylor stayed for 59 off 57 balls firing six boundaries and was caught by Jess Jonassen off Rene Farrell at 144/2 in 18.4 overs.
Deandra Dottin and Britney Cooper did the remaining job adding unbeaten 18 and 3 runs respectively.
Rene Farrell and Kristen Beams took one wicket each for 27 and 35 runs.
Earlier, Australia scored a fighting total of 148 for 5 in 20 overs spurred a partnership contribution of 77 runs in 10 overs in the 2nd wicket stand between Elyse Villani and skipper Meg Lanning.
Villani and Lanning hammered half centuries scoring 52 runs each besides their partnership contribution in the 2nd wicket.
The 2nd pair started at 15/1 in 2 overs and ended up carrying the team total to a decent 92/2 in 12 overs as Villani was caught by West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor off Deandra Dottin delivery.
Lanning continued her composures with Ellyse Perry in the 3rd wicket for another partnership score of 42 runs in 5.4 overs, before being lbw by Anisa Mohammed at 134/3 in 17.4 overs.
Villani featured nine boundaries facing 37 balls while Lanning hit eight boundaries off 49 balls.
Another double figure scorer Perry was the only six hitters for Aussies, stayed for 28 off 23 balls including two sixes.
Opening bat first after winning the toss, Australia faced early jolt losing their opener Alyssa Healy just for 15 runs in 2 overs, but Villani and Lanning recovered the damage well with their half centuries.
Deandra Dottin checked runs for West Indies in the innings last over grabbing two wickets– Perry and Erin Osborne — for one run.
Dottin conceded total 33 runs in four overs for hre two. Hayley Matthews and Anisa Mohammed took one wicket each for 13 and 19 runs.
Britney Cooper pushed West Indies to set up final berth with a 6-run victory in the 2nd semifinal against New Zealand sticking 61 at number-3 at Wankhede, Mumbai.
Australia confirmed their final berth eliminating England by 5 runs in the first semifinal at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
West Indies reached in the semifinal as Group-B runners-up from while Australia as Group-A runners-up. Both sides collected six points each from their four encounters apiece.
On their way to semifinal, West Indies beat Pakistan, Bangladesh and India by 4, 49 and 3 runs respectively while conceded a 1-wicket defeat against England.
Australia started their group campaign with a 6-wicket victory against South Africa and conceded a 6-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the 2nd match. Australia back in the form with two successive victories against Sri Lanka and Ireland by 9-wicket and 7-wicket respectively.

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