Hayley Matthews
Hayley Matthews scored 66 runs from 45 balls and was adjudged the man of the match.IANS

West Indies Women have been crowned as the ICC World T20 champions. They have beaten Australia by eight wickets at the Eden Gardens. 

Australia Women won the toss and opted to bat first on a wicket that looked like a tricky one. They could only manage to get 148 runs for the loss of nine wickets. 

In reply, West Indies Women chased down the total quite comfortably at the end. 

For Australia, Elyse Villiani and captain Meg Lanning scored a half-century each. That helped Australia to post a respectable total on the board. 

West Indies Women bowlers bowled well to restrict an upbeat Australia Women side. 

Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor opened the innings for West Indies Women and they got off to a good start. Both Matthews and Taylor scored a half-century each as well. 

Hayley smashed 66 runs from 45 balls. Her innings were decorated with six fours and three sixes. 

"I've been waiting for this a long time and it has come at the right time. We didn't get the start we wanted but the batting has done it for us," Taylor was quoted as saying by BBC.

"It was fantastic to know that the men were with us. [Men's captain Darren] Sammy sent me a text this morning 'Staf you are going to do it, you girls you are going to do it'."

Australia women captain Meg Lanning expressed her disappointment that they could not post a decent total to give their bowlers something to play with. 

"Full credit to the West Indies, they came out with the bat, and we did not quite get the result we wanted. We felt we were a little short, 160 would have been nice, but if we bowled well we would have defended," Lanning said. 

"It was a really exciting, tough road into the World Cup and I am proud of the effort that everyone has put in."

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