West Indies Women stun Australia to lift World Cup
KOLKATA – Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor both struck half-centuries as West Indies beat three-times defending champions Australia by eight wickets to win the women’s ICC World Twenty20 title at Eden Gardens on Sunday.
Matthews (66) and captain Taylor (59) added 120 for their opening stand as West Indies chased down a 148-run target with three balls to spare for their first win against the Southern Stars in nine attempts in World Twenty20.
Deandra Dottin, who took two wickets for 33, remained unbeaten on 18 to see West Indies through and spark wild celebrations among her team mates.
Australia’s Elyse Villani and captain Meg Lanning had both hit 52 and added 77 for the second wicket to take their side to 148 for five after they won the toss and opted to bat.
There were also individual award winners.
With the captain leading from the front.
The men also shared in the celebration ahead of their match against England.
Australia Women 148 for five in 20 overs (Elyse Villani 52, Meg Lanning 52, Ellyse Perry 28; Deandra Dottin 2-33). West Indies Women 129 for two in 19.3 overs (Hayley Matthews 66, Stafanie Raylor 59, Deandra Dottin 18 n.o.). West Indies won by eight wickets with three balls to spare.