Cricket: West Indies stun Australia to take women's World T20 title

West Indies's Stafanie Taylor (left) with Hayley Matthews (right) and teammates celebrate their victory in the World T20 cricket tournament women's final match at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata.
West Indies's Stafanie Taylor (left) with Hayley Matthews (right) and teammates celebrate their victory in the World T20 cricket tournament women's final match at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata.PHOTO: AFP

KOLKATA (REUTERS) - Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor both struck half-centuries, as West Indies beat three-time defending champions Australia by eight wickets to win their first women's World Twenty20 title at Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Matthews (66) and captain Taylor (59) added 120 for their opening stand, as West Indies chased down a 149-run target with three balls to spare for their first win against the Southern Stars in nine attempts in World Twenty20.

Deandra Dottin, who took two wickets for 33, remained unbeaten on 18 to see West Indies through and spark wild celebrations among her team-mates.

Australia's Elyse Villani and captain Meg Lanning had both hit 52 and added 77 for the second wicket to take their side to 148 for five after they won the toss and opted to bat.