Australia v West Indies, Women's World Cup final, Mumbai February 17, 2013

Australia champions for the sixth time


Australia 259 for 7 (Cameron 75, Haynes 52, Quintyne 3-27) beat West Indies 145 (Perry 3-19, Sthalekar 2-20) by 114 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On the day it mattered, every aspect of Australia's game came good to earn them their sixth Women's World Cup. The batting, wobbly for most of the tournament, started with a bang and ended with a bang, despite another wobble in between. The bowling and fielding, top class through the tournament, choked West Indies in the chase. Jodie Fields, a captain who wants to get wickets at all costs, took her aggression to another level, consistently targetting the opposition's best batsmen with her best bowlers. Ellyse Perry did not disappoint her captain, neither did Lisa Sthalekar. It was no surprise and indeed no shame for West Indies to be outclassed by a team that lost just one of seven games, that too, by eight runs.

All three day-night games at Brabourne Stadium in the tournament had been won by sides who batted first and posted big totals. Australia did the same after winning the toss and left West Indies needing to chase the highest total in a World Cup final.

Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning went after the new ball, and No. 3 Jess Cameron ensured no let-up for the West Indies bowlers with 75 off 76. Australia's middle-order worries came to haunt them, though, as they slipped from 181 for 3 to 209 for 7, before Fields and premier fast bowler Perry helped the side rebound with an unbeaten stand of 50 off 40.

The pressure of their maiden final seemed to get to West Indies as they fielded rather poorly and conceded too many runs upfront. Medium-pacer Tremayne Smartt was especially ordinary with her lines and lengths and was taken for 43 in five overs. Smartt rounded off a horror day when she hurt herself following a couple of misfields at point and had to leave the field.

All three top-order batsmen, Lanning, Haynes and Cameron were severe on anything wide or short. There were several cuts and pulls in the innings, with Cameron also lofting down the ground for boundaries. Lanning departed after an opening stand of 52 in ten overs, as she found mid-off when trying to hit Stafanie Taylor for successive fours. That hardly hurt the progress of the innings, as Cameron arrived. Haynes swept frequently and also used the reverse-sweep, and Cameron carted Smartt for two sixes in an over.

Most of the Australia batsmen fell going for more shots. The 17-year old legspinner Shaquana Quintyne helped West Indies claw back with a spell of 10-1-27-3. Haynes top-edged an attempted pull to midwicket off Quintyne. Cameron blasted a Shanel Daley full toss to deep midwicket in the 36th over.

That began a period of about seven-eight overs when West Indies regained some lost ground. Sthalekar, Sarah Coyte and Erin Osborne went cheaply trying to go after the spinners. But Australia had more left in the tank. Fields, who had done little with the bat in the tournament, came good with an unbeaten 36 off 38 while Perry, returning after missing the Super Six stage with an ankle injury, contributed 25 off 22.

The highest Australia's bowling had conceded in the tournament was 227, and West Indies needed their key batsmen Taylor and Deandra Dottin to fire. Perry and Sthalekar were to end the game soon.

Perry gave Australia a scare when she aborted her run-up for her first delivery twice and felt her left leg. That didn't stop her from striking off the last ball of her first over, the tenth, trapping Kycia Knight in front with a length ball that straightened into the left-hander.

With the first ball of her second over, Perry found the outside edge off Taylor's bat and Lanning took the ball at slip but the batsman stayed after replays proved inconclusive. Bowling with superb rhythm now, Perry needed three more balls to take out Taylor, who pushed a length delivery back to the bowler. In her third over, Perry sent back Natasha McLean, who swiped across at a full delivery and was caught plumb in front.

West Indies delayed the arrival of the powerful Dottin, who eventually came out in the 22nd over after No. 4 Kyshona Knight retired hurt following an extremely defensive stay. The asking-rate was over seven now with Sthalekar's spell reading 7-2-12-0.

Fields brought back Perry against Dottin, giving her two more overs, but Dottin played them out calmly. Sthalekar responded at the other end, flighting the ball and turning it in through the gate to bowl the captain Merissa Aguilleira. Four overs later, the game was all but over as Sthalekar lured Dottin down the track with another flighted delivery, which Dottin completely missed and was bowled. Dottin had hit a few meaty blows, but Fields had stuck with her best bowlers, and got the reward.

At 109 for 5 in the 31st overs, it was game over for West Indies and though they lasted until the 44th, there was no doubt over who would be crowned world champions.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dinesh on February 19, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    I could not understand the selector's policy of playing 31 year old rakesh dhruv in this match.Any young spinner could have been given a chance to have a go at this brittle aussie batting.Besides this why was not sidharth kaul given a go in this match who has good pace and swing and has bowled superbly this season.

  • James on February 18, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Impressive tournament to say the least...great standard of skills the men should observe. Just a pity with the crowds. Congrats!

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Australia was by far the best team in the tournament. They truly deserved to win the sixth world cup. A much improved & competitive cricket from ladies in this year's Women's World Cup. Australia is still by far and away the best team in women's' cricket. ICC should have had a different format for the tournament and also the lowest possible level of umpiring has devalued the tournament a little bit. WI also has done really well to reach the final. SL's performance in the group stage was another positive point for the tournament. England was really unlucky having lost just two matches by the narrowest of margins. Indian team performance was very disappointing.

  • shahid on February 18, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    How in the world they didn't choose PERRY as POM(woman of the match)?? 22 ball 25 notout and 10-19-3. And those were the top 3 wickets. Something very fishy here. How could a 75 be prefered over these remarkable figures.

  • Mark on February 18, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Good to see Australia giving an Indian cricketer a chance ;-)! I can just imagine the posts had the England captain been born in India. In general though the tournament showed two big things: (1) Australia are still far and away the best team in womens' cricket but, (2) overall the standards have risen and the depth has increased. That can only be good for the growth of the game. Sri Lanka and the West Indies both showed that sides outside the traditional powerhouses of Australia, New Zealand and England are beginning to become highly competitive. With the Caribbean love of the game they must be potential winners in a few years if they can build on this result.

  • Rex on February 18, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge You mean the hopeless Australians who are one point below England in the Test rankings and above them in ODI's. Australia 12 Test wins from their last 20, England just 9. England couldn't win a game against Pakistan, didn't win a game against SA and even managed to lose one to SL. Dominant team that England!

  • ian on February 18, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    @Meety: Thank you for endorsing my POV. You'll notice that the comment you liked & the one I spent a little time thinking about carefully (because I do like to make some constructive & realistic suggestions where I can) has been scrubbed. I would repectfully ask for it to be reconsidered as it was not in anyway offensive or libellous. Thank you.

  • j on February 18, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    What a contrast between the women's and the men's team, who these days struggle against the minnow sides of the world and have had to endure England beating them at every turn. Well played girls, you've done Australia proud.

  • Akshita on February 18, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Australia was by far the best team in tournament . They deserved to win . But at the same time have to say ICC should have had a different format for the tournament and also the lowest possible level of umpiring has devalued the tournament a little bit . WI also have done really well to reach the final . SL's performance in the group stage was another positive point for the tournament . England was real unlucky having lost just two matches by the narrowest of margins . Anyways congrats to Aussie ladies ..

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    "Perry" "Perry" good performance indeed! Of course others' too. You, Oz girls are pretty good cricketers. You would have won against England too. (Instead of the mystery loss to WI in the super-6)