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article imageAustralia bag hat-trick of women's World T20 titles

By AFP     Apr 6, 2014 in World

Two-time defending champions Australia powered to a six-wicket win over old foes England to win their third consecutive title in the women's World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday.

Sarah Coyte grabbed 3-16 in her four overs and Ellyse Perry and Rene Farrell claimed two wickets each to restrict England to a modest 105-8 after Australia won the toss and elected to field.

Heather Knight's 29 off 24 balls and Sarah Taylor's 18 lifted England to 55-1 before seven wickets crashed for 46 runs against the steady Australian attack that was backed by smart fielding.

Australian captain Meg Lanning then smashed a 30-ball 44 studded with two sixes and four boundaries as the champions raced home with 29 deliveries to spare in a one-sided final.

Australian cricketer Ellyse Perry (L) reacts after hitting the winning run as England wicketkeeper S...
Australian cricketer Ellyse Perry (L) reacts after hitting the winning run as England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor (R) looks on during the ICC World Twenty20 final in Dhaka on April 6, 2014
Munir Uz Zaman, AFP

Perry completed a remarkable all-round display with an unbeaten 31, having added 60 for the fourth wicket with Lanning.

England had won the inaugural women's World T20 competition at home in 2009 before Australia took the next two in the Caribbean in 2010 and Sri Lanka in 2012.

The match was played at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium ahead of the men's final between India and Sri Lanka at the same venue later on Sunday.

Brief scores:

England 105-8 in 20 overs (Heather Knight 29, Sarah Taylor 18, Charlotte Edwards 13, Sarah Coyte 3-16, Ellyse Perry 2-13, Rene Farrell 2-27)

Australia 106-4 in 15.1 overs (Meg Lanning 44, Ellyse Perry 31 not out)

Australia won by six wickets

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