Lanning leads Oz to third T20 title

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Australia won their third consecutive Women's World Twenty20 on Sunday, beating England by a six wickets and with nearly five overs remaining, adding this year's gong to the titles they won in 2010 and 2012.

Australia won their third consecutive Women's World Twenty20 on Sunday, beating England by a six wickets and with nearly five overs remaining, adding this year's gong to the titles they won in 2010 and 2012.

Once again it was superstar batsman Meg Lanning who led the charge to the title, as the Southern Stars chased the 106 required without much of a fuss. Skipper Lanning scored 44 off just 30 balls, while Ellyse Perry made 31 not out.

The Aussies won the toss and chose to let England have a bat, and for once the powerhouses of Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor were unable to overpower the bowlers. The openers put on just 23 for the first wicket.

They were both out for under 20 runs, leaving Heather Knight to try and lead the side to a defendable score. She made 29 off 23 balls before falling to Erin Osborne, and from there is was a case of collapsing under the pressure.

The chase was not a tricky one for Lanning and Perry, both high-profile stars with the bat. Perry, who had take two wickets earlier on, was the more sedate partner, watching as Lanning hit two huge sixes before being removed by Nat Sciver.

Alex Blackwell was the last wicket to fall, but at that stage the scores were already level and all Perry had to do was pull the ball to mid wicket for the winning single, allowing the Aussies to sing their mid-pitch victory song.

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