The Southern Stars celebrate winning the women’s T20 World Cup.
The Southern Stars celebrate winning the women’s T20 World Cup. GETTY IMAGES

Stars shine bright to beat old enemy in T20 final

CRICKET: Australia's women's cricket team ended a difficult season in elation, winning its third-straight World T20 title with a six-wicket win over England in Bangladesh.

Glamour all-rounder Ellyse Perry (2-13 and 31 off 32) was the standout.

Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning said the victory helped erase the disappointment of losing a second-consecutive Ashes campaign to the Old Enemy in Australia earlier this year.

In the men's final, Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara retired from Twenty20 in style, hitting a memorable half-century to help his team to a six-wicket victory over India.

The veteran left-hander produced a 35-ball 52 not out to guide the Sri Lankan chase to its modest 131-run target in 17.5 overs, in front of a packed Sher-a-Bangla Stadium.

The win saw pandemonium break out on the streets back in Sri Lanka, with firecrackers and impromptu dances bursting out as fans celebrated the nation's biggest cricket win since the 1996 World Cup.

Sri Lanka had lost its past four major finals, the 50-over World Cups in 2007 and 2011 and the T20 World Cups in 2009 and 2012.


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