Windies Women clinch first T20 World Cup

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April 04, 2016
West Indies' cricketers celebrate with the trophy after winning against Autralia during the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, yesterday. (AP Photo)
@Normal:West Indies' Hayley Matthews plays a shot against Australia during the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, on Sunday.
West Indies' cricketers celebrate after winning against Autralia during the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, yesterday. (AP Photo)
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KOLKATA (CMC):

Teenager Hayley Matthews and captain Stafanie Taylor fashioned half-centuries as West Indies Women produced a superb run chase to beat three-time defending champions Australia Women by eight wickets, and lift their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title here yesterday.

Set 149 for victory at the historic Eden Gardens, West Indies Women reached their target with three balls to spare, with the 18-year-old Matthews top-scoring with 66 from 45 balls and the in-form Taylor getting 59 from 57 balls.

The pair put on a magnificent 120 for the first wicket to take Australia Women out of the contest; and even when Matthews fell in the 16th over, Deandra Dottin (18 not out) joined Taylor to add 24 for the second wicket to keep the Caribbean side on top.

West Indies Women entered the final over requiring three to win and Dottin reduced the target even further with a single to cover off seamer Ellyse Perry.

"I am [on top of the world]. I've been waiting for this for a long time," an elated Taylor said afterwards.

"I think it has actually came at the right time because we've played some fantastic cricket today. We didn't get the start that we wanted with the ball, but I think the batting gave us the edge."

Matthews, who struck six fours and three sixes to post her maiden T20 International half-century, was voted Player of the Match, while Taylor was adjudged Player of the Tournament for her 246 runs overall.

Earlier, Australia Women captain Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani both struck 52 to get the title favourites up to 148 for five off their 20 overs, after opting to bat first.

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