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Australia Women win by 4 runs

England vs Australia

Australia defended their women's World Twenty20 title with four-run win over England in final

Celebration: Australia enjoy their final victory in Colombo

Lisa Sthalekar: Australia all-rounder hit 23 not out and took two wickets

Australia made a successful defence of their women's World Twenty 20 title as England came up short in the final.

Set a target of 143 in Colombo, England finished on 138-9 despite the best efforts of skipper Charlotte Edwards (28).

England fell behind the required-rate early and then lost regular wickets, Australia left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen claiming 3-25.

Danielle Hazell's 16 not out almost scripted a late turnaround but, with 16 required from the final over, off-spinner Erin Osborne held her nerve (0-33) to close out a four-run success.

Edwards' decision to bowl first had earlier backfired when Australia openers Meg Lanning (25) and Alyssa Healy (26) got off to a flying start with a 51-run stand off 37 balls.

Number three Jess Cameron built on those foundations with 45 from 34 deliveries, including five fours and a six.

England spinner Holly Colvin picked up 2-21 in her four overs, including the wickets of Lanning and Cameron, before Lisa Sthalekar (23) guided Australia up to 142-4.

Match Details

Date
7th Oct 2012
Toss
England Women won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
R. Premadasa Stadium
Umpires
B F Bowden and M Erasmus

england BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Edwards c Perry b Sthalekar 28
Marsh c&b J.L. Hunter 8
Taylor c Fields b Perry 19
Greenway c Perry b J.L. Jonassen 4
Brindle b Sthalekar 13
D.N. Wyatt c A.J. Blackwell b J.L. Jonassen 9
J.L. Gunn c J.L. Jonassen b J.L. Hunter 19
Brunt b J.L. Jonassen 3
D. Hazell not out 16
Colvin run out 8
Extras 1nb, 6w, 2b, 2lb 11
Total 20.0 Overs 138 - 9
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Perry 4 0 24 1
Sthalekar 4 0 16 2
J.L. Hunter 4 0 36 2
Osborne 4 0 33 0
J.L. Jonassen 4 0 25 3
Full Bowling Card