Australian women produced an impressive performance to edge out their English counterparts by four runs in an exciting final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 on Sunday in Colombo.
Australia's Lisa Sthalekar, Ellyse Perry, and Erin Osborne celebrate the dismissal of England's batsman Charlotte Edwards, unseen, during their ICC Women's Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final match in Colombo, Sri Lanka. AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe
Put into bat, Australia put up a competitive 142 for four in 20 overs with almost all the batswoman
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.
In a big ground like Premadasa (although boundaries were shortened), chasing a target of 143 is an uphill task in women's cricket.
Although skipper 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.