Result
Final (N), North Sound, Nov 24 2018, ICC Women's World T20
(15.1/20 ov, target 106)
106/2
AUS Women won by 8 wickets
Player Of The Match
Australia Women
1y
• The Report by Shashank Kishore

Gardner, Wareham help Australia lift fourth title

England's quest for being double world champions ended in a whimper after batting implosion

Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
England Women105(19.4 overs)
Australia Women106/2(15.1 overs)

11.20pm Sir Viv Richards hands over the trophy to Lanning at the ground named after him. Australia celebrate under fire-work filled skies. That's all she wrote for the first-ever Women's World T20. I'll leave you with Shashank Kishore's report. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Shashank and Raghav.

Presentation:

Lanning, Australia captain: We did not have our best day in the field. But the bowlers did a good job. Wareham today was outstanding with the direct hit and her control with the bowling was excellent. I thought it was pad first - and I wanted to review. Worked out pretty well. The last two World Cups really hurt and we had to change a few things and move it forward. The group embraced it and it was a very satisfying win. The loss against India did not rock us - maybe a couple of years before it would have rocked us - but we were very calm. All the support staff did a great job and Aussie fans have travelled a long way. Ash said to me: 'no silly singles'. The last couple of World Cups did not go well for us, but we were ready today.

Knight, England captain: I thought it was a much better pitch than the semis. Wyatt started well, but we lost wickets through the innings. We knew there would be dew, more dew than there was in the semis. We wanted to bat first, though. We came with some inexperience, but the girls have stepped up. Pleased with Sophie, Gordon how they stepped up.

Gardner is the Player of the final: There was obviously a lot of nerves but we took confidence from the semi-final. It's pretty amazing that we got the win. I don't think I had to stray too far away from my stock ball. Every single bowler did a good job today. Yeah, I did not have the tournament I would have liked. I was fortunate enough to hit some boundaries. To finish it with Meg… I was seeing it okay, when the bowler tossed it up, I went through with the shots. I'm speechless to be honest

Alyssa Healy, Player of the tournament: The girls played beautifully tonight and proud of the team's effort. I don't have an answer but I've played freely and knew it would come off eventually. Hoping to continue at the Big Bash. It's pretty special and we've worked hard in the last 12 months. Win or less today, we're proud of the way we played. The 2010 World Cup in the Caribbean is my favourite, but this one could well top it. It takes us three days to get to the West Indies but it's a fun place to tour.

Let's hear from the winners

Perry: Very special, it has been a long 24 months. Wonderful tournament and a lot of fun. It as been a huge pleasure, hopefully it inspires young boys and girls back home. We're really good friends and it has been a wonderful journey for us.

Healy: I don't know I'm enjoying playing with freedom. The batting line-up we have is unbelievable.

Wareham: Pretty unreal and it hasn't sunk in yet. We were counting it down and we were all trusting each other. Getting the opportunity at the world stage has been enormous for me.

Kimmince: Pretty emotional. My journey in cricket has been very up and down, pretty emotional. This is the reason why you play the game. To win a World Cup is absolutely amazing.

Mooney: Yeah, we've done well in the whole tournament. Consistent and clinical. The bowlers were good, backed up by the batsmen and especially Gardner was fantastic hitting out in the end… It's been an amazing journey for Australian cricket. A lot of support from the public back home.

Schutt: Pretty happy, I am trying to hold back my tears. It's pretty hard to hear Meg out there but it's a good distraction to have. I love noise so good crowd works for me.

The celebrations begin in Australia's camp. All the women get together, huddle up, and belt out the team song. What a moment for them! This is their fourth World T20 title. All other teams have two titles among them. Australia just had one minor blip against India in their road to victory. This win was set up by Schutt, Gardner, and Wareham. Perry also pitched in, dismissing Sciver for her 100th T20I wicket. Gardner wasn't done just yet. She starred with the bat, again, marshalling the 106 chase with her captain Lanning. England will be gutted. The trophy isn't coming home, again. They might rue some of their tactical decisions: opting to bat after winning the toss, going after the bowlers on a two-paced pitch, where a more measured approach could have worked, and packing their attack with spin.

15.1
1
Sciver to Lanning, 1 run
AUSTRALIA WIN THE TITLE. Their captain Lanning hits the winning runs. Back of a length and angling in towards the top of off, Lanning sits back and tickles a single in front of point. She's mobbed by her team-mates

Australia's players line up near the boundary

end of over 158 runs
AUS-W: 105/2CRR: 7 • RRR: 0.20 • Need 1 from 30b
Ashleigh Gardner33 (26)
Meg Lanning27 (29)
Anya Shrubsole3-0-30-0
Sophie Ecclestone4-0-12-1
14.6
4
Shrubsole to Gardner, FOUR runs
back of a length and outside off, Gardner gets on top of it and executes a back-foot punch through the covers
14.5
Shrubsole to Gardner, no run
works this off a length on middle to midwicket
14.4
1
Shrubsole to Lanning, 1 run
uses the pace to steer this length delivery to square third man.
14.3
Shrubsole to Lanning, no run
pulled but can't pick the gap at midwicket
14.2
1
Shrubsole to Gardner, 1 run
squirts this behind point for a single
14.1
2
Shrubsole to Gardner, 2 runs
sliding down leg, tickles this down to fine leg for a couple
end of over 144 runs
AUS-W: 97/2CRR: 6.92 • RRR: 1.50 • Need 9 from 36b
Meg Lanning26 (27)
Ashleigh Gardner26 (22)
Sophie Ecclestone4-0-12-1
Kirstie Gordon3-0-30-0
13.6
Ecclestone to Lanning, no run
skids one through on off, squeezes this to point. A second late and this would've sneaked through.
13.5
2lb
Ecclestone to Lanning, 2 leg byes
off the pad as this deflects to fine leg, she was looking to work it square.
13.4
1
Ecclestone to Gardner, 1 run
gives her the charge and whips this down to mid-on for a quick single.
13.3
Ecclestone to Gardner, no run
drifts in from wide of the crease, squeezed back to the bowler
13.2
1
Ecclestone to Lanning, 1 run
flicks this full toss towards midwicket to bring up the 50 stand
13.1
Ecclestone to Lanning, no run
gentle little dab into the off side
end of over 1315 runs
AUS-W: 93/2CRR: 7.15 • RRR: 1.85 • Need 13 from 42b
Ashleigh Gardner25 (20)
Meg Lanning25 (23)
Kirstie Gordon3-0-30-0
Heather Knight1-0-10-0
12.6
6
Gordon to Gardner, SIX runs
whoa! What a final Gardner is having. Flighted on middle, she twinkles down the track and lifts it over Gordon's head
12.5
1
Gordon to Lanning, 1 run
shorter outside off, forced through midwicket
12.4
1
Gordon to Gardner, 1 run
fired outside off, down the track and drilled down to long-off

Gordon wipes the ball with her towel

12.3
Gordon to Gardner, no run
flatter and outside off, driven to the covers
12.2
6
Gordon to Gardner, SIX runs
shot, Gardner. Tossed up and drifts in on middle, she comes down the track and blasts it over long-on for a mighty six
Best performances - batsmen
DN Wyatt
43 runs (37)
5 fours
1 sixes
Control72%
Productive shot
off drive
11 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
5211051541
A Gardner
33 runs (26)
1 fours
3 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
on drive
14 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
022144146
Best performances - bowlers
A Gardner
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
3
Eco
5.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W1W
G Wareham
O
3
M
0
R
11
W
2
Eco
3.66
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
Match details
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
TossEngland Women , elected to bat first
SeriesICC Women's World T20 2018
Player Of The Match
Ashleigh Gardner
Player Of The Series
Alyssa Healy
Series resultAustralia Women won the 2018/19 ICC Women's World T20
Match numberWomen's T20I no. 536
Season2018/19
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50-23.20
Match days24 November 2018 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Langton Rusere
Shaun George
TV Umpire
Gregory Brathwaite
Reserve Umpire
Nitin Menon
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson