Bowled Over – Australia beat WI – By Luqman Liaqat

Emerging star Ellyse Perry ripped through the West Indies top order to help Australia beat West Indies by 114 runs in the ICC women’s World Cup final at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

After batting first Jess Cameron (75) and Rachael Haynes (52) guided the newly crowned champions to a strong score of 259-7 and then bowled out West Indies for just 145.

Merissa Aguilleira top scored with 23 and in reality the Windies were never on their way in chasing down the daunting target the Aussies put on the scoreboard.

Meg Lanning (31) and Haynes put on an opening stand of 52 in ten overs; Lanning was on her way when she was caught at mid-off trying to hit Stafanie Taylor for successive fours.

Haynes swept on frequent occasions and used the reverse-sweep very effectively and at the other end Cameron smacked Tremayne Smartt for two sixes in an over. The pair put on strong partnership of 64 in process raising the scoring run-rate to 4.25 and moved the score onto 116 at the half way stage.

Haynes was on her way top-edging a pull to midwicket off Shaquana Quintyne (3-27), Cameron’s innings came to an end when she was on 75 off 76 balls blasting Shanel Daley’s full toss to deep midwicket in the 36th over.

Cameron struck two sixes and eight fours to leave the Aussies in a strong position for a large score. The bowler finally fought back dismissing Lisa Sthalekar, Sarah Coyte and Erin Osbourne in quick succession.

However from 209-7 skipper Jodie Fields (36 off 38) and Perry (25 from 22 balls) combined adding 50 runs, Perry hit a maximum over long on and Fields improvised with strong pulling and sweeping.

In chase, Natasha Mclean and Kycia Knight were comfortable taking the Windies to a steady 32 in 10 overs. Perry’s introduction came to their downfall as she trapped Knight and Mclean plumb in front on both occasions.

Perry continued her fantastic bowling effort having Taylor caught and bowled in stunning fashion finishing with outstanding figures of 3-19.

From this point West Indies never recovered, the dangerous Deandra Dottin came out to bat in the 21nd over with the score on 57-3. The asking rate was now touching seven due to Sthalekar’s spell stopping the run flow (7 overs, 2 maidens and only 12 runs).

Dottin swept Osbourne into the stands and one hit a six off Coyte over the leg-side, but it didn’t harm the Aussies at all.

Sthalekar bowled both Dottin and Aguilleira when she found turn with her slow off breaks and the contest was virtually over with the dismissal off Dottin leaving the West Indies reeling on 109-5.

Anisa Mohammed (14) and Shermaine Campbell (11) showed some resistance taking the final score to 145; the off breaker Sthalekar sealed the victory with a sensational one-handed catch at short wicket off the bowling of Julie Hunter.

Megan Schutt finished the tournament with the most wickets elapsing England’s Anya Shrubsole’s 15, a fantastic team effort saw the Australian women claim their sixth World Title.

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