Australia’s attack found its spearhead in Ellyse Perry while off-spinner Lisa Sthalekar deceived them with flight and turn as first time finalist West Indies, chasing 259 for victory, fell short by 114 runs in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
Australia wrapped its hands around the World Cup for the sixth time.
Despite Deandra Dottin’s ruthless smashing of the ball at the Brabourne stadium here West Indies was all out for 145 in 43.1 overs.
Ellyse, who had missed the Super Six due to a leg injury, lopped off the West Indian top order, her figures reading three for 19.
Weaving a web
Lisa weaved a web around strokemakers Merissa Aguilleira and the dangerous Deandra and returned figures of two for 20 in her third World Cup appearance.
Lisa turned one into Merissa for her first wicket, the ball sneaking through bat and pad. The Pune-born off-spinner won the battle by beating Deandra in the air, the ball taking leg-stump as the West Indies batter swung and missed.
The chase under floodlights began with classical batting from Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean.
However, Ellyse struck twice in alternate overs. Kycia was struck on the pad while Stafanie Taylor scooped the ball back to the tall pacer.
Ellyse was firing away at the wickets and any batter missing the line was in peril, as Natasha realised to her horror.
Australia turned to Lisa for pressure on the batters from the other end.
Earlier in the afternoon, three wickets in the Batting Powerplay restrained Australia from breaking away to a huge score after Jodie Fields won the toss.
West Indies was unable to make any impact on the first three batters — the ferocious Meghann Lanning, stylish Rachael Haynes and savage Alexandra Blackwell — and did well to fight back after Australia was 180 for three in 35 overs.
Australia burst off the blocks in style, the left-right combo of openers Meghann and Rachael stealing 28 in five overs, helped by West Indies’ fielding spills.
Merissa’s faith in spinners worked to some extent, effecting a middle-order collapse as batters gave the charge. Kyshona snapped up two catches in the outfield, while Kycia pouched a vital catch. Australia’s eighth-wicket pair of Jodie (36 not out) and Ellsye (25 not out) pushed the total beyond 250 with calculated hitting. Shaquana Quintyne (three for 27) was the most successful bowler for West Indies.
Australia: M. Lanning c Kyshona Knight b Taylor 31, R. Haynes c Kyshona Knight b Quintyne 52, J. Cameron c Kyshona Knight b Daley 75, A. Blackwell c Aguilleira b Smartt 3, L. Sthalekar c Campbelle b Quintyne 12, S. Coyte c Daley b Quintyne 7, J. Fields (not out) 36, E. Osborne c Quintyne b Mohammed 7, E. Perry (not out) 25. Extras (lb-3, nb-4, w-4) 11; Total (for seven wkts. in 50 overs) 259.
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-116, 3-126, 4-181, 5-187, 6-190, 7-209.
West Indies bowling: S. Daley 10-0-43-1, T. Smartt 5-0-43-1, S. Taylor 9-1-44-1, S. Quintyne 10-1-27-3, A. Mohammed 10-0-61-1, Kyshona Knight 3-0-23-0, S. Campbelle 3-0-15-0.
West Indies: Kycia Knight lbw b Perry 17, N. Mclean lbw b Perry 13, Stafanie Taylor c & b Perry 5, Kyshona Knight (not out) 21, M. Aguilleira b Sthalekar 23, D. Dottin b Sthalekar 22, S. Campbelle c Lanning b Schutt 11, S. Quintyne c Blackwell b Osborne 2, S. Daley c & b Schutt 2, Anisa Mohammed c Schutt b Osborne 14, T. Smartt c Sthalekar b Hunter 0; Extras (b-1, lb-8, w-6): 15; Total (in 43.1 overs): 145.
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-38, 3-41, 4-88, 5-109, 6-109, 7-114, 8-114, 9-141.
Australia bowling: Schutt 10-3-38-2, Hunter 4.1-0-18-1, Sthalekar 10-3-20-2, Perry 10-3-19-3, Osborne 7-2-26-2, Coyte 2-0-5-0.
Player-of-the-match: J. Cameron (Aus). Player-of-the-series: S. Bates.