Australia's women continued their dominance of the World Twenty20 trophy after
they thoroughly outplayed England in a one-sided final in Dhaka.
Heading into the game, many pundits felt it could be a close contest with the two sides playing a total of 14 matches against each other in all formats since August. It was also deemed a fitting final as both Australia and England were considered as the best two sides in the tournament.
Both sides were also confident after winning all their games following opening defeats. However, it proved anything but close as Australia dominated almost from the outset.
Australian captain Meg Lanning won the toss and decided to bowl on what was a very hot and sticky day. England started nervously and, in truth, never really recovered from their slow start.
Openers Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor found the going tough in the face of some very accurate Australian bowling and sound fielding.
England's top order failed to find the boundary until the third over and the power play looked to be going in Australia's favour, particularly when England captain Edwards was dismissed by Sarah Coyte in the sixth over with the score on just 23. She was fantastically caught by Jess Cameron at mid-on.
This left Australia in the ascendancy and they never let England back into the game from that point onwards. England's number three - Heather Knight - did her best to up the scoring rate with 29 off 24 balls but England were struggling to find the boundary regularly.
Once Taylor was dismissed for 18 - again by Coyte - with the score on 55, England began to lose regular wickets which stunted the run rate further.
England's middle and lower order had not had much game time during the tournament and it showed when it mattered the most. England had been unable to muster a six all tournament and they could not threaten that statistic during this innings either as they reached just 105-8 from their 20 overs.
Coyte (3-16) and Ellyse Perry (2-13) were the pick of the Aussie bowlers as they restricted England to a below-par total.
In reply, Australia never fell behind the required run rate. Despite the tournament's leading wicket taker - Anya Shrubsole - capturing the early wicket of Jess Jonassen, England could not do anything to halt the Australians victory march.
Australian captain and world number one Lanning added extra impetus with a sublime innings of 44 from just 30 balls and Perry added 31 runs at a run a ball.
Lanning also became the tournament's leading run scorer in the process of her innings.
Despite Natalie Sciver (2-12) capturing two late wickets for England, Australia cruised to a six-wicket victory with 29 balls to spare - a huge margin in the Twenty20 format.
England can take solace from the fact that opening bowler Shrubsole ended the tournament as the leading wicket taker.
England, though, must rue their poor batting display and a severe inability to find the boundary more regularly. There was a clear difference between both sides in this respect.
Australia have now won the last three World T20 tournaments and have also avenged their Ashes defeat against England earlier in the winter.
England should be proud of their campaign but will also need to regroup and address the clear batting deficiencies they showed during this game.
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