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Aussies retain title

Calcutta/Colombo: Reigning champions Australia defeated 2009 winner England in the final of the Women’s World T20 at R.Premadasa Stadium on Sunday and in doing so, Australia, became the first team (male or female) to retain the World T20 trophy.

Put into bat, Australia put up a competitive 142 for four in 20 overs with almost all the batswoman getting runs.

England captain Charlotte Edwards was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.

Jess Cameron with 45 was the top scorer but openers Meg Lanning (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.

Although captain 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.