ICC T-20: WI Makes History, Australia Loses Winning Streak


Grand finale of the 2016 Women’s World T-20 has just concluded and guess who won? West Indies beat Australia, winning their maiden title. And if that was not enough, they even beat the sure shots for the T-20 crown by a whooping 8 wickets. Australia Team Loses Steam Australia, barring a shock exit at the hands of New Zealand, have always been at the top of the game, reports ESPN. The sports site had pegged West Indies as less likely to win. Confounding commentators, the West Indies Team won by 8 wickets, beating Australians at their own game. Previously, the team had lost all 8 times it had battled the Aussie players.Like us on Facebook Shane Warne Gets Out of ‘I’m a Celebrity’, Faces Fear of Spiders Perhaps the rare opportunity to treble titles at international tournaments served as a powerful motivator. Captain Stephanie Taylor mentioned that they will make do even with a limited talent pool, reports ESPN. West Indies worked despite their limitations, Australia notwithstanding. Key players in the West Indies team include Deandra Dottin and Melissa Aguilleira. Hayley Mathews and Britney Cooper also delighted fans with their stellar performance. Australia’s Pacers Lose Pace? Australian pacers were known for their incisive deliveries. The outcome of the final rested on the skill of the West Indies batters, and they lived up to the last ball. With a pulsating 8 wicket win in Kolkata, West Indies claimed their first Women’s World T-20 title. Fourth Time Lucky? Australia had been seeking a fourth successive title. Elyse Villani made an awesome half century but 18-year-old Hayley Mathews outclassed her to hit 66 off 45 balls with three sixes. Adding to their victory, the WI men’s team claimed the crown against England too. West Indies skipper Taylor remarked that “batting has done it for us,” reports the BBC. Australian Captain Meg Lanning said “full credit to the West Indies, they came out with the bat” and battled their way to a hard fought victory. Cricket: A Boon So, how does cricket help health? Consider the obvious advantages such as increased stamina and greater endurance, balance, flexibility, coordination and improved motor skills, reports HealthFitnessRevolution.com. As far as mental development aspects are concerned, players get to improve their social and team building skills. Apart from this, there are physiological benefits like muscle toning and strength gain too. According to Better Health, Government of Australia’s website, this game improves hand-eye coordination too. If seeing is believing, cricket is a boon for spectators as much as it is for players. Watching games enhances cognitive skills and alertness as well as critical thinking. All in all, this game is a win-win situation, no matter what the outcome. Photo Sources: Naparazzi/Flickr, Tourism Victoria/Flickr.