Colombo, Oct 7: Australia women made it two titles in a row as they defeated England by four runs in a thrilling final to win the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 here at R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. Australia had won the trophy in 2010 in the Caribbean when they had beaten New Zealand by three runs in the final. England are the 2009 champions.
Chasing 143 to win, England women were off to a good start but once their captain and opener Charlotte Edwards was dismissed they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and fell short by four runs, finishing 138/9 in 20 overs. It came down to 16 runs to win off the final over bowled by Erin Osborne. A no-ball and a dropped catch in the over made things interesting. On the final ball England needed a six to win but managed only one run from Danielle Hazell.
Edwards was the top scorer for the loser with 28. For Australia Lisa Sthalekar took 2/16 in four overs. Jess Jonassen was the highest wicket-taker with 3/25 in four.
Edwards, who was adjudged the Player of the match, said: "Obviously we are all disappointed, we wanted to be lifting that trophy tonight."
"Australia were better than us today, we were under par with the ball and the first six overs of their innings was probably the difference between the two teams. Our lack of discipline up front proved costly for us.
"We were confident we could chase that target down, we did it before in Galle and back all our batters, but we lost wickets in clustered and made it harder for ourselves.
"I'm disappointed to have lost, but I'd much rather play in an exciting final and we saw some great shots played today, I think it was a great spectacle for women's cricket and we're all proud to have been part of that.
"We'll go away and put this game to bed and then turn our focus to preparations for the ICC Women's World Cup."
Australia Innings Report
Australia women, after being sent to bat, posted 142/4 in 20 overs against England in the final of ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 here at R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Jess Cameron was the top scorer with a 34-ball 45 which included five boundaries and a six.
Australian openers Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy were off to a blazing start raising the half century of the team in 6.3 overs. However, Lanning was dismissed by Holly Colvin in the seventh over with score on 51. The right-handed Lanning made a 24-ball 25 with four boundaries.
After Lanning's departure, England pulled things back and the run rate dipped. Healy too followed her partner in the 11th over as Australia were 68/2. Healy made 26 off 25 balls with three fours.
Cameron and Lisa Sthalekar joined in the middle and made quick runs. Their 51-run partnership for the third wicket came in six overs. Cameron was the more aggressive of the two. Sthalekar stayed till the end and remained unbeaten on 23 off 26 balls with one boundary.
For England, Colvin took 2/21 in four overs with her left-arm spin. Danielle Hazell had bowling figures of 1/23 in four. The other dismissal was a run out of Alex Blackwell on the last ball of the innings.
Australia women 142/4 in 20 overs (Jess Cameron 45, Lisa Sthalekar 23 not out, Alyssa Healy 26, Meg Lanning 25, Holly Colvin 2/21, Danielle Hazell 1/23) beat England 138/9 in 20 overs (Charlotte Edwards 28, Jess Jonassen 3/25, Lisa Sthalekar 2/16, Julie Hunter 2/36, Ellyse Perry 1/24)