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Cricket

Aussies favourites to win sixth World Cup crown
PTI
Mumbai, February 17, 2013
First Published: 00:48 IST(17/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:49 IST(17/2/2013)

Five-time champions Australia will walk in with the twin aims of revenge and title triumph when they take on a spirited West Indies, a team which has punched above its weight all through, in the summit clash of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

Australia were undefeated in the series until the West Indies beat them by eight runs in their last Super Six match.

The team from Down Under would be keen to take avange that loss and win the trophy for the sixth time. But the Aussies have a few issues to sort out ahead of the clash against the Caribbeans, who have made the final for the first time.

The batters have not fired in unison for Australia and openers Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes haven't been able to provide a good platform, except the 55-run stand they shared in the game against Sri Lanka.

West Indies will look to rewrite history and get their hands around the coveted trophy for the first time.

The odds might favour Australia but the Caribbean side will have the psychological advantage of defeating them in the previous game.

Kulkarni to officiate
India's Vineet Kulkarni and Shaun George of South Africa was officiate the final . According to an ICC statement, Sri Lanka's Ruchira Palliyaguru will be the TV umpire.


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