ICC Women’s World T20 2018: Ashleigh Gardner’s all-round performance seals 4th title for Australia

Written by Vipin Darwade

Australia were far from at their usual high standards in the field, but were clinical enough to trump England in an eight-wicket win to put their hands on the ICC Women’s World T20 title for a fourth time.

For the Aussies, Ashleigh Gardner displayed an allround performance as she recorded figures of 22/3 in 4 overs with the ball. Coming down to the bat after opening batswoman Alyssa Healy was dismissed early on, Gardner stuck around in the middle with the skipper Meg Lanning and scored an unbeaten 33 in 26 balls to take the side to a win. In her innings, Gardner scored a four and 3 sixes, as she scripted an easy win for her side.

Australia, the No.1 side on the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings, thus regained the title they lost last time, and made their fifth straight appearance in the final a successful one. Gardner was named Player of the Final, while Healy was chosen Player of the Tournament.

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Vipin Darwade