Women's World T20 Final: Form favours England


Colombo: Reigning champions Australia will aim for their second successive title when they take on 2009 winners England in the final of the Women's World T20, at the Premadasa, on Sunday.

The two teams met in the final group match of the women’s event in Galle, with England beating Australia by seven wickets.

England have been undefeated throughout the tournament, posting decisive wins in their group matches and in the semi-final, against two-time runners up New Zealand. England beat the White Ferns by seven wickets to reach their second World T20 final in three years.

Australia advanced to the final after beating a spirited West Indies by 28-runs in the second semi-final. Australia have lost only one match in the tournament, having beaten India and Pakistan in the group stages.

In the first semi-final played on Thursday, England’s spin bowlers restricted the White Ferns to 93 for eight off 20 overs on a slow wicket.

Danielle Wyatt and Holly Colvin finished with two wickets each. Colvin is the leading wicket-taker for England, and is the third-highest wicket-taker of the tournament, with seven.

In addition, three out of the top five run-getters in the tournament are from England, with Edwards the leading run-scorer, Sarah Taylor third and all-rounder Laura Marsh fifth.

In Friday’s second semi-final, it was again the bowlers who sealed victory. Australia’s Julie Hunter took the only five-for in the women’s tournament so far, taking 22 for five in her four overs. Hunter is currently the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, with nine scalps. While no Australian batter has scored a half-century in the tournament, three Australians are in the top 10 run-getters list.