Written by Staff Writer
06 Apr, 2014 | 5:05 pm
Australia thrashed England by six wickets to win a third successive Women’s World Twenty20 title.
England collapsed from 55-1 to post a modest 105-8 after losing the toss in Mirpur, with Heather Knight’s 29 the highest score as Sarah Coyte took 3-16 and Ellyse Perry 2-13.
Captain Meg Lanning’s 44 off 30 balls hurried Australia to a comprehensive victory with 4.5 overs to spare.
Australia beat England by four runs in the 2012 final in Sri Lanka.
“Australia were the better team – they deserved to win,” said England seamer Anya Shrubsole, who was named player of the tournament.
“I’d give this [award] back for the trophy the Aussies have just picked up.”
If the 2012 final was a close affair, the latest meeting between cricket’s oldest rivals was anything but.
England laboured with the bat on a blameless pitch, and the result was never in doubt once Australia raced to 43-1 after the first six-over powerplay.
Jess Jonassen provided the early impetus before Lanning, the leading run scorer in the tournament with 257, hit four fours and two sixes. England, by contrast, did not manage one six in the entire competition.
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