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West Indies bt Australia for ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 Title

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Windies Opening Partnership and Powerplay chase Southern Stars for Eight Wicket Win to Claim First T20 Champions Trophy

West Indies claimed their first ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title with stellar opening partnership taking them to eight wicket victory in Kolkata.

Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning posted half-centuries as the three-time defending champions set an imposing target of 149 to win after winning the toss.

But captain Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews would set the Windies on their way with a century partnership before an overthrow in the final over clinched a record-breaking run chase.

Prior to the final, West Indies had never beaten Australia in T20Is, while the Southern Stars were looking to win their fourth consecutive T20 title.

|  “Words can’t really explain how much it would mean for both teams. Especially for us (the women), because we’ve never been to the final before. For us to get this one would be like a dream come true.”

Despite losing Alyssa Healy early, Villani punished the Windies bowling attack, crushing nine fours in her 52 as the three-time defending champions were 54 for one after the power play.

Lanning would join Villani to record a 77-run second-wicket stand before Deandra Dottin dismissed the latter and Anisa Mohammed trapped Lanning lbw on 52.

Dottin went on to bowl four precious dot balls in the final over, as well as ending Ellyse Perry’s entertaining 28 and running out Erin Osbourne for a duck, as Australia posted an imposing 148 for five – the highest score in a T20 final.

Taylor and Matthews got the Windies off to a strong start with both openers posting half-centuries as the latter became the youngest player, at 18 years of age, to score fifty in the World T20 final.

Matthews would go on to post the highest score in a women’s World T20 final as she fell for 66 off Kristen Beams.

Rene Farrell set up a tense finish as she claimed the prize wicket of Taylor for 58 with West Indies needing five runs from eight balls.

A Megan Schutt overthrow would seal a memorable triumph and end Australia’s dominance in the competition.

Teams
Australia: Meg Lanning (capt), Elyse Villani, Alyssa Healy (wk), Alex Blackwell, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Megan Schutt, Kristen Beams, Rene Farrell.

West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Hayley Matthews, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Stacy-Ann King, Merissa Aquilleira (wk), Shemaine Campbelle, Shaquana Quintyne, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Shamilia Connell.

Source: ICC /ECB

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