England v Australia, women's World Twenty20 final, Colombo

Women's World Twenty20 2012-13

At Colombo (RPS), October 7, 2012. Australia won by four runs. Toss: England.

Australia's women defended their World Twenty20 title. Although England took the match down to the last ball, they were always playing catch-up after their successful formula - bowl first, suffocate the batsmen with spin - was thrown off course by Australia's aggressive openers, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy. They harnessed the pace of the ball, and any deviation from the required line and length by Katherine Brunt seemed to result in a boundary. Jess Cameron rattled up 45 off 34 deliveries, including a six over midwicket off Anya Shrubsole in an over that cost 17 as she insisted on bowling full. After that, Charlotte Edwards wisely kept her spinners on until the end. Australia bowled with greater discipline, and England immediately fell behind the rate. But Australian nerves began to fray: four catches went down in the second half of the innings, and Jenny Gunn diluted the equation to 16 from the last over. When Erin Osborne delivered a beamer second ball, England had a sniff. Danielle Hazell needed to hit Osborne's last ball for six, but she mistimed it to midwicket, and Australian celebrations began.

Player of the Match: J. E. Cameron. Player of the Tournament: C. M. Edwards.

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