Windies women seal WT20 title with emphatic win

Hayley Matthews and captain Stafanie Taylor struck half-centuries to power the West Indies Women to an emphatic eight-wicket win over Australia Women to the capture their first-ever World T20 title in Kolkata on Sunday.

Set 149 for victory at Eden Gardens, West Indies Women reached their target with three balls to spare, with Matthews top-scoring with 66 and Taylor getting 59.

The pair put on a magnificent 120 for the first wicket to take Australia Women out of the contest, and even when Matthews fell in the 16th over, Deandra Dottin (18 not out) joined Taylor to add 24 for the second wicket and see the Caribbean side home.

Earlier, Australia Women captain Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani both struck 52 to get the three-time defending champions up to 148 for five off their 20 overs, after opting to bat first.

Alyssa Healy fell cheaply for four at 15 for one in the second over but Lanning and Villani put on 77 for the second wicket to rally the innings. Medium pacer Dottin picked up two for three.

The 18-year-old Matthews, who struck six fours and three sixes off 45 balls, was voted Player-of-the-Match for her innings.

Taylor, who finished with 246 runs in the tournament, was adjudged Player-of-the-Tournament.

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