Australia’s win was set up by a good batting effort led up by Jess Cameron’s belligerent 75 (76 balls) that took the team to 259-7 after Jode Fields, the captain, had won the toss and opted to bat on Sunday at the Brabourne Stadium, home of the Cricket Club of India.
West Indies gifted wickets away on a platter, to be dismissed for 145 in 43.1 overs, with Ellye Perry’s early strikes setting the tone when Australia bowled. Perry, who had missed the previous three matches with an ankle injury, took 3-19 from ten overs, to go with an unbeaten 25 (22 balls) that propped Australia up in the final overs.
Perry came into the attack in the ninth over after Megan Shutt and Julie Hunter, the new-ball pair, had kept things under control. She bowled a miserly first spell of six overs, picking up three wickets and yielding only eight runs. Kycia Knight was her first victim, trapped leg before wicket in a wicket-maiden, and soon after had Stafanie Taylor edging the ball to Meg Lanning in the slips. However, Taylor was ruled not out since it wasn’t clear if the ball had carried. The Australians didn’t take long to strike though, with Taylor popping an easy return catch to Perry three balls later.
West Indies never really looked in the chase taking 106 balls to bring up fifty runs, which was in stark contrast to Australia’s innings with the first 50 runs raised in 58 balls. West Indies briefly looked like mounting a comeback when Merissa Aguilleira, the captain, and Deandra Dottin added 31 runs off 27 balls for the fourth wicket.
With her big hitting prowess Dottin, who came in to bat after Kyshona Knight retired hurt, entertained the crowd with some brilliant shots, but couldn’t stay for long, perishing to Lisa Sthalekar’s guile.
There was no further resistance from West Indies, with wickets tumbling in quick succession as the match headed Australia’s way. Schutt, ended with figures of 2 for 38, to become the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, with 15 scalps.
Australia’s total was built around useful contributions at the top of the order by Meg Lenning and Rachael Haynes and late fireworks by Fields and Perry in addition to Cameron’s sterling knock.
Australia got off to a flying start as Lanning (31) and Haynes (52) exploited the flat deck that was being used for the first time in the tournament. Along the way Lanning got a slice of luck when she was dropped by Anisa Mohammed on 21.
Australia was pulled back from what looked likely to be a score in excess of 280 thanks to Shaquana Quintyne’s strikes in the middle-overs, that saw Australia’s middle-order stutter.
Lanning brought up Australia’s 50 in the ninth over with a lofted drive over extra cover but perished to Stafanie Taylor off the next delivery when she attempted a repeat of the shot.
After Lanning’s exit, Cameron led the assault, with runs against spinners and seamers alike. Untroubled for most part of their stand, Cameron and Haynes added 64 runs in 90 balls with Haynes bringing up her sixth One-Day International fifty. Soon thereafter, Quintyne elicited a top edge from Haynes that was smartly taken by Kyshona Knight at midwicket. Two overs later, a bowling change saw Tremayne Smartt dismiss Alex Blackwell, who was playing her 100th ODI.
Unfazed by the fall of wickets at the other end, Cameron continued to attack as she launched the first six of the Australian innings off Smartt in the 29th over. Three deliveries later, Cameron struck again making the most of Smartt’s full length delivery and sending it across the fence.
However, the West Indies’ bowlers pulled things back, making up for a sloppy fielding display early on, as Australia lost Sarah Coyte, Lisa Sthalekar and Erin Osborne within six overs. With West Indies gaining momentum, Fields and Perry wrested the advantage back with an unbroken, quickfire partnership, adding 50 runs in 40 balls for the eighth wicket.
In the end, the combined might of Australia’s batters and the efficiency of its bowlers ensured a thumping victory.
AUSTRALIA 259 for seven off 50 overs (Jess Cameron 75, Rachael Haynes 52, Jodie Fields 36 not out, Meg Lanning 31, Ellyse Perry 25; Shaquana Quintyne 3-31)
WEST INDIES 145 all out off 43.1 overs (Merissa Aguilleira 23, Deandra Dottin 22, Kyshona Knight 21 not out; Ellyse Perry 3-19, Lisa Sthalekar 2-20, Erin Osborne 2-26, Megan Schutt 2-38)
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 wkp 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 (lb3, w4, nb4) 11
TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 259
Did not bat: J Hunter, M Schutt.
Fall of wickets: 1-52 (Lanning, 10 overs), 2-116 (Haynes, 25), 3-126 (Blackwell, 27.5), 4-181 (Cameron, 35.5), 5-187 (Sthalekar, 37.1), 6-190 (Coyte, 39.2), 7-209 (Osborne, 43.2)
Bowling: Daley 10-0-43-1 (w1), Smartt 5-0-43-1 (nb4), Taylor 9-1-44-1, Quintyne10-1-27-3 (w1), Mohammed 10-1-61-1, Kyshona Knight 3-0-23-0 (w1), Campbelle 3-0-15-0 (w1)
Kycia A Knight lbw b Perry 17
N McLean lbw b Perry 13
S 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 Daley c & b Schutt 2
S Quintyne c Blackwell b Osborne 2
A Mohammed c Schutt b Osborne 14
T Smartt c Sthalekar b Hunter 0
Extras (b1, lb8, w6) 15
TOTAL (all out; 43.1 overs) 145
Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Kycia A Knight, 10), 2-38 (Taylor, 11.4), 3-41 (McLean, 13.3), 3-57* (Kyshona A Knight, ret. not out, 21.3), 4-88 (Aguilleira, 26.1), 5-109 (Dottin, 30.4), 6-109 (Campbelle, 31.1), 7-114 (Quintyne, 34.1), 8-114 (Daley, 35.4), 9-141 (Mohammed, 42.2), 10-145 (Smartt, 43.1)
Bowling: Schutt 10-2-38-2, Hunter 4.1-0-18-1 (w3), Sthalekar 10-3-20-2, Perry 10-3-19-3 (w3), Osborne 7-2-26-2, Coyte 2-0-15-0.
Result: Australia won by 114 runs.
Series: Australia Women win ICC Women’s World Cup.
Player-of-the-Match: Jess Cameron.
Player-of-the-Series: Suzie Bates
Umpires: S George, V Kulkarni; TV – R Palliyaguruge.