Dhaka: They mostly reside in the shadows of the fame that their male counterparts enjoy, but what Sarah Coyte and Meg Lanning helped Australia achieve would have certainly done the George Baileys proud.
Sarah’s three for 16 and Meg’s 30-ball 44 helped the Australian women’s team to complete a hat-trick of World T20 triumphs, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, on Sunday. Australia dominated the final against England to record a six-wicket victory. Lanning, understandably, was very happy with the achievement.
Speaking after the match, Lanning, who is also the Australia captain, said: “It’s amazing... It’s great to be able to play so well. We played an almost perfect match today.”
“Perhaps, we’re attacking in nature and we love to play our shots. Even while chasing a small total we wanted to be positive. We had a great team here and the support’s been so good. I’m just really happy right now. We’ve had a lot of experience even though we are young, we can build something really big. We have a great core of players,” Lanning said.
Praising the bowlers, she said: “Bowlers did it for us... We had our plans and we executed them well.”
The platform was prepared by Sarah when she, along with Rene Farrell (2/27) and Ellyse Perry (2/13), bowled with accuracy to restrict the England team to just 105 for eight.
England didn’t get a good start and thereafter kept losing wickets at regular intervals. That never allowed them to work on their run rate.
The opening pair of Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards could put together just 23 before the latter was dismissed by Coyte. Charlotte could make only 13. Sarah got 18 before she too fell to Coyte.
Heather Knight was the top scorer for England with a 24-ball 29. But she never got support from the other end.
During Australia’s chase, England got an early wicket in the form of Jess Jonassen.