Lanning: We played a near-perfect match

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Australia women's captain Meg Lanning was over the moon with her side's win in the World Twenty20 final against England, saying they peaked at exactly the right time to win their third such title in a row.

Australia women's captain Meg Lanning was over the moon with her side's win in the World Twenty20 final against England, saying they peaked at exactly the right time to win their third such title in a row.

England only managed to score 105 runs, and that was never going to be enough with Lanning and Ellyse Perry in full flow. The pair made 44 and 31 not out respectively and got the runs with nearly five overs to spare and six wickets in hand.

A delighted Lanning said after the game, and post-team song: "It's amazing, great to be able to play so well. (It was) Almost the perfect match today.

"The bowlers did it for us, we had our plans and we executed well. Perhaps, we're attacking in nature and we love to play our shots. Even chasing a small total we wanted to be positive.

"We had a great team here and the support's been so good. I'm just really happy right now. We've had a lot of experience even though we are young, we can build something really big. We have a great core of players."

The player of the match was bowler Sarah Coyte, who took three crucial wickets to cripple England's knock, including those of openers Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards, who had been crucial to England's cause all tournament.

Coyte said: "I'm not sure I can put it into words. It's an amazing feeling. So proud. To get Taylor and Edwards, two world class betters early was so great. Disciplined lines and lengths was what I've been working on and it came through."

A disappointed Edwards admitted England were below par on the day. saying: "They bowled very well and they came out and batted good. We just weren't enough today.

"We never got going, kept losing wickets at key stages. 105 was never going to be enough in a World Cup final. Anya's been exceptional, all the bowlers have been."

When asked about hitting sixes, of which England had none all tournament, Edwards added: "It's a scenario we have to improve on. In the past our strength is boundary hitting and we'll go back to work on and hopefully we go better. Just bitterly disappointed we couldn't get over the line."

Anya Shrubsole, the player of the tournament with 13 wickets, added: "It's been a really good tournament. As a team we can be proud of what we've done. Just keeping it simple and it seems to have worked.

"Congratulations to Meg and her team, they were the better team today."

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