Australian women produced an impressive performance to edge out their English counterparts by four runs in an exciting final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 here today.
Put into bat,Australia put up a competitive 142 for four in 20 overs with almost all the batswoman getting runs.
Jess Cameron with 45 was the top scorer but openers MegLanning (25),Alyssa Healey (26) and Lisa Sthalekar (23 not out) all chipped in with useful contributions.
In reply England could manage 138 for nine as Australian bowlers got wickets at regular intervals.
Needing 16 of the last over,England managed only 11 runs off spinner Erin Osborne’s over. England needed an over boundary of the last delivery but could manage a single as girls in canary yellow celebrated enthusiastically.
In a big ground like Premadasa (although boundaries were shortened),chasing a target of 143 is an uphill task in women’s cricket.
Although skipper Edwards showed positive intent but once she was dismissed for 28,the other batswomen could hardly make any impact.
They did get the boundaries but couldn’t stay long enough to get a decisive result in their favour.
Players like Sarah Taylor,Aaran Brindle all got starts but couldn’t carry on as left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen turned out to be the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 25. She could have taken four had she not dropped a sharp return catch offered by Jenny Gunn.
The main wicket of Edwards was however taken by veteran Lisa Sthalekar.
While batting,Australia had two significant partnerships that clinched the issue in their favour. The opening partnership of 51 runs between Lanning and Healy and another of 51 runs in six overs between Sthalekar (23) and Cameron.
Cameron hit five fours and a six during his 34-ball knock.
Australia: 142 for 4 in 20 overs (Jess Cameron 45,Alyssa Healey 26,Meg Lanning 25; Holly Colvin 2/21)
England: 138 for 9 in 20 overs (Charlotte Edwards 28; Jess Jonassen 3/25,Lisa Sthalekar 2/16).