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

Australia champions for the sixth time

The Report by Abhishek Purohit in Mumbai

February 17, 2013

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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

Jess Cameron raises her bat after scoring a fifty, Australia v West Indies, Final, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai, February 17, 2013
Jess Cameron's half-century was the centrepiece of a strong Australian batting performance © Associated Press

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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Posted by dinesh.lovecricket 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.

Posted by JB26 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by Zahidsaltin 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.

Posted by CricketingStargazer 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.

Posted by valleypf 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!

Posted by Nutcutlet 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.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge 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.

Posted by Akshita29 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 ..

Posted by   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)

Posted by anver777 on (February 18, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

A much improved & competitive cricket from ladies in this year's Women World Cup. My congrats to Champions & Runner Up !!!!!

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (February 18, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Congrats to Aus! The best improving team, the Windies, already won a victory just by being able to make it to the final. So congrats to both.

Posted by kandykolla on (February 18, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Greetings from Sri lanka..!! Well done Aussie girls... you girls were far ahead than others and rightly deserved to be champs !! Aussie girls are so big,strong and powerful, they look like rugby players..!! Nothing to loose from the West Indies lasses..great show.!!! I would say luck was not with the English ladies this time !! I hope more ladies in Sri Lanka would take cricket seriously and put a great show in future..!!

Posted by bighit14 on (February 18, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

It seems Aussies purposefully lost the match against WI in Super 6 so that they don't face England in the finals. If true, then its not the champion's tactic. Anyways, well played champions!!!

Posted by xylo on (February 18, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

Be it men or women, the Aussies surely know how to win a world tournament! Congratulations!!

Posted by D-Ascendant on (February 18, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

At least two or three of the Australians should stay on and take part in the men's Test series against India. They seem to be more skilled than some of their male counterparts!

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 18, 2013, 0:30 GMT)

Well done girls, you have ade the country proud

Posted by Meety on (February 17, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

@Nutcutlet on (February 17, 2013, 21:15 GMT) - agree 100% with comms regarding the hosts of the W/Cup. It's not like the BCCI are short of a quid! == == == Well done girls, the dual T20 & ODI champs of the world. Sorry for the WIndies who probably choked under the spotlight. As an another article stated recently, even though Oz ultimately won (again), the standard is rising in teams like SL & WIndies, so bodes well for the future.

Posted by here2rock on (February 17, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

A great result for Australia where Cricket is seen as a sport rather than just a money spinning machine.

Posted by here2rock on (February 17, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Congratulations to Australia on a very professional effort and a job well done! It shows that just talent alone does not get you the results. West Indies were very entertaining at times but Australia was just too good for them.

Posted by RobTay14 on (February 17, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Good Job Australia, a shame you weren't playing the rightfully deserved English or NZ team in the final..

Posted by   on (February 17, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

Only watched the Aussie batting (pretty late in Australia). Jess Cameron was awesome. If she stayed in, Australia were looking at 300. Ellyse Perry batted really well backed up by great bowling. Pity it wasn't on free to air tv.

Posted by JimmyDean on (February 17, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

WoW what a game..pure class..Congratulations to the WC champions Aussie girls you play the sort of games worthy of champions and with stealth. Commiseration goes to the WI girls. It was not your day today. You too play a fantastic World Cups. To India, thank you for putting up a great tournament. Also to the other teams; England, New Zealand & Sri Lanka , Well play. @oze13, mate ! What don't you like about this WC?Batting were marvelous, bowling were tremendous and fielding were fantastic to win their 6th WC! Now the endless empty rows of seats were out of the hands of the Aussie girl my friend! Why the negativity, did your team not reach the finals? @ Jose puliampatta...haha..buddy the shame is your comments...the lost of sheen & farce of finals is your humourous read of the game in your small mind my friend. Go take a chill pill!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 17, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

Undoubtedly the best team won and would, most likely, have won whichever team the had played in the Final. It all made the strange goings-on in the final Super Six match so unnecessary.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (February 17, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

Congratz Australia. Champions again. WI did a pretty good job to surprisingly reach the final. Much developed team within past few years. England and New Zealand were also good as usual. Anyway people can comment SL wins in this tournament were surprises and based on luck. Possibly. But their win against England prevented the Reigning Champions entering the Finals. Then win against India prevented the hosts chances to enter super 6. Finally win against SA sealed the 5th place in the world.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 17, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Well played Ladies...That's the real example of Mighty Aussies..Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by kc69 on (February 17, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

As far as the History of Womens world cup goes its always an Australia and England affair(Except NZ won once in 80's) and it remains the same till date.

Posted by tickcric on (February 17, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

Would have liked a close match to end the World Cup but limping Perry broke the back of Winidies batting! Really liked her bowling and stamina. Congrats Australia for winning the Cup once again! Six time women's champions , 4 times men's champion- you truly are the land of cricket. Credit goes to the other teams as well, especially the Windies, England, Sri Lanka & New Zealand, in making the WWC competitive and enjoying.

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 17, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Australia is once again on top of the world. This continues our tradition of being the greatest cricketing nation in the history of cricket.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

With this young West Indies team there is nothing to be ashamed of , you beat the best but unfortunately , you could not repeat that today. Well done on reaching your first WCup 50 over final and take the lessons well from today.

Posted by aj_123 on (February 17, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

First the Ashes , the two t-20 world cup's n now the 50-over world cup . The best team in the end won .

Posted by Indefatigible on (February 17, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Well the Aussies are champions once again and rightly so. How well they played as a unit to win the trophy. Great batting by Jess Cameron, great bowling by Ellyse Perry and Lisa Sthalekar and inspirational captaincy coupled with good field placements by Jodie Fields. Lisa's flight, loop and guile were a treat to the eyes. Lisa, please coach Harbhajan Singh. He seems to have forgotten the art of off spin bowling. He's playing too much IPL cricket and is only bowling darts, looking to contain batsman rather than get wickets. He could do with a lesson from you. Well done ladies and congratulations on winning the World Cup.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Australia Vs England would have made a better and more absorbing final. Australia's win today, lost a lot of sheen with this farce of a final with WI. What a shame, for cricket lovers. And to the Oz girls!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Congratulations to Australian women's Team

Posted by oze13 on (February 17, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Pretty lame stuff in this World Cup Final. Batting, bowling and fielding were all pretty dire. How the WI 'overpowered' the Aussies in the previous match will remain one of cricket's great mysteries. Women's cricket will have to do better than this if they expect to even half fill the endless rows of empty seats in evidence today.

Posted by TVicky on (February 17, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Congratulations to Australia,the deserved winners.Brilliant display of spin bowling from Lisa Sthalekar. The flight,the loop,the trajectory,the dip was just a treat to watch.I would hope that such bowling could be seen more in men's cricket as well.

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 17, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Congrats to SOUTHERN STARS.I knew it all along.They deserve it.

Posted by Energetic. on (February 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

There are no crowd for this so called 'world' cup :)

Posted by   on (February 17, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

No worries WI ladies. We have one of the youngest teams. This is good experience. I think some nerves crept in. Can only get better from here. Semi finals in t20 and finals in the world cup now. We have alot of potential. Let's see what happens.

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