KOLKATA, India, Sporting Alert – West Indies Women, inspired by opening pair Hayley Matthews and captain Stafanie Taylor beat Australia Women by eight wickets to secure their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup here Sunday.
Replying to Australia’s 148 for 5, the West Indies got off to a flying start, as teenager Matthews and Taylor both scored half-centuries in an opening partnership of 120 runs at Eden Gardens.
Matthews top scored with 66 runs off 45 balls, blessed with 6 fours and 3 sixes while Taylor got 59 from 57 deliveries and struck 6 fours, as the West Indies reached their victory target of 149 with two dropped wickets and had three balls to spare.
Deandra Dottin, who made 18 not out and Britney Cooper (3 not out) guided the Caribbean side home.
Meanwhile, Matthews, for her impressive knock, was voted Player-of-the-Match while Taylor, who tallied with 246 runs in the tournament, was handed the Player-of-the-Tournament award.
President of the West Indies Cricket Board, Dave Cameron congratulated the regional side for a job well done.
“The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), its Board of Directors, Management, Staff and the people of the Caribbean/West Indies are extremely proud of the achievement of the women’s team for its emphatic win over Australia to take the 2016 ICC World T20 crown.
“The region is celebrating the victory. The women displayed grit and determination throughout the entire tournament and ended in a thrilling overall win. Congratulations to the player of the tournament and Captain, Stafanie Taylor and player of the match, Hayley Matthews.
“We also offer all-round praise to the team management and all the persons who worked with this unit in preparation for this tournament. We look forward to the delegation returning home to celebrate.”
Earlier, Australia Women opted to bat first and made 148 for five off their 20 overs with skipper Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani both making 52.
West Indies best bowler on the day was medium seamer Dottin, who picked up two wickets for 33 runs against the three-time defending champions.