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Australia win Dhaka final for hat-trick of women’s T20 titles


Two-time defending champions Australia powered to a six-wicket win over old foes England to win their third consecutive title yesterday in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Dhaka.

Sarah Coyte grabbed 3-16 in her four overs and Ellyse Perry and Rene Farrell claimed two wickets each to restrict England to a modest 105-8 after Australia won the toss and elected to field.

Heather Knight’s 29 off 24 balls and Sarah Taylor’s 18 lifted England to 55-1 before seven wickets crashed for 46 runs against the steady Australia attack that was backed by smart fielding.

Australia captain Meg Lanning then smashed a 30-ball 44 studded with two sixes and four boundaries, as the champions raced home with 29 deliveries to spare in a one-sided final.

Perry completed a remarkable all-round display with an unbeaten 31, having added 60 for the fourth wicket with Lanning.

“It’s amazing to win this and great to be able to play so well,” the Australia skipper said. “It was almost the perfect match today.

“The bowlers did it for us. We had our plans and executed them well. Even while chasing a small total we wanted to be positive,” Lanning added. I’m really happy right now. We have a lot of experience even though we are young and we can build something really big. We have a great core of players.”

England captain Charlotte Edwards said her team was outplayed by Australia.

“They bowled very well and they came out and batted good,” she said. “We were just not good enough today.

“We never got going and kept losing wickets at key stages. 105 was never going to be enough in a World Cup final,” Edwards said. “I am just bitterly disappointed we could not get over the line.”

England won the inaugural women’s World T20 competition at home in 2009 before Australia took the next two in the Caribbean in 2010 and Sri Lanka in 2012.

The match was played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium ahead of the men’s Twenty20 final between India and Sri Lanka, which was to be played at the venue later yesterday.

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