Reigning champions Australia will aim for their second successive title when they take on 2009 winners England in the final of the ICC Womens World Twenty20 at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday. The two teams met in the final group match of the womens event in Galle,with England beating Australia by seven wickets with 11 balls remaining.
England has been undefeated throughout this tournament,posting decisive wins in its group matches and in the semi-final,played against two-time runners up New Zealand. England beat the White Ferns by seven wickets to reach its second ICC World Twenty20 final in three years. Australia advanced to the final after beating a spirited West Indies by 28-runs in the second semi-final. Australia haves lost only one match in the tournament,having beaten India and Pakistan in the group stages in Galle.
In the first semi-final played on Thursday,Englands spin bowlers did their job with Holly Colvin being the leading wicket-taker for England with seven scalps. In addition,three out of the top five run-getters in the tournament are from England,with Edwards the leading run-scorer,Sarah Taylor third and all-rounder Laura Marsh fifth. In Fridays second semi-final,it was again the bowlers who sealed victory for Australia as Julie Hunter took the only five-for in the tournament so far. Hunter is currently the leading wicket-taker with nine scalps.
While no Australian batter has scored a half century in the tournament to date,three Australians are in the top 10 run-getters list of the tournament,with Meg Lanning fourth,Jess Cameron sixth and Lisa Sthalekar ninth. Its been a great tournament, said Fields.
England have played well right through. In our match against them,we werent that far off the mark. We just werent quite disciplined enough. Tomorrow,well need to be disciplined 100 per cent of the time. Thatll keep us in good stead, Fields added.
For Fields,the priority is to not relinquish Australias hold on the trophy. Going out tomorrow,both teams will be very competitive, she said. We want to win that trophy,going in as defending champions. However,Fields is not taking England lightly.
On her part,Edwards was relaxed and confident ahead of a contest that sees both the teams seeking a second World Twenty20 title. What weve talked about a lot in team meetings so far is to keep doing the basics well, said Edwards. We need to keep it as simple as possible tomorrow. We all know its a World Twenty20 final but its still important that we do the basics well and execute our plans. If we do that,we know we can win this trophy.