Aussies target fourth title, WI bid for double success

Aussies target fourth title, WI bid for double success

Aussies target fourth title, WI bid for double success

 A spirited West Indies women’s team, in their bid to make it a ‘Dream Double’ for the assortment of islands, will come out all guns blazing to stop the juggernaut of the three-time defending champions Australia in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 on Sunday.

The Southern Stars as the Aussie women team are known in the cricketing circuit, have been on a roll since winning the second edition of the Women’s World T20 in 2010.

Lanning has been their leading run-getter with 149 runs and against England in the semifinals her 50-ball 55 on a slow Kotla deck was the cornerstone to their winning total of 132/6.

More than Lanning’s effort it was inspiring with the way Australia prevailed in small contributions from the top-order to inflict their killer instinct on England.

They were provided a strong start from the openers Alyssa Healy and Elyse Villani with a 41-run stand, their highest of the tournament.

Under criticism for over dependence on Lanning, Alyssa took the attack to the English pace spearhead Katherine Brunt, that really set the tone as they could muster a fine Powerplay performance.

“We’ve been pleased with our squad of 15 and our overall performance. I disagree that we relied heavily on one player. We’ve chased low totals. We’ve really benefited from the way Elyse Villani has kicked into gears and taken the game away in the opening overs,” Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell said.

“You can’t ignore the impact of someone like Alyssa Healy and the way she took on Katherine... Small contributions can really be of high impact. Obviously Meg Lanning has been a real rock for us throughout. We’ve got plenty of players around. Ellyse Perry has been instrumental in our batting order in the recent years.”

In the spin-friendly and slow conditions of Eden Gardens their leg-break bowler Kristen Beams will look to make a potent force with left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen. Megan Schutt and Rene Farrell with their change of pace and the accuracy will be key to their pace bowling as they aim to win an unprecedented fourth successive title.

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