Captain Meg Lanning (C) holds the trophy as Australia celebrate their win after the Women's Cricket World Cup final match agaianst England at Hagley Park Oval in Christchurch on Sunday. AFP
Australia, led by a sublime 170 from Alyssa Healy, rewrote the record books to beat a valiant England by 71 runs in the Women's World Cup final in Christchurch on Sunday.
Australia amassed a daunting 356 for five but the defending champions England, faced with a record target, kept up the run rate but ran out of wickets to be dismissed for 285 in the 44th over, with Nat Sciver unbeaten on 148.
The victory continued Australia's dominance of the 50-over format with their seventh title from 12 World Cups and extended their one-day international record to 38 wins from 39 matches over the past four years.
Against England, they lost the toss but nothing else.
England captain Heather Knight put Australia into bat, noting her side had bowled "outstandingly well" at Hagley Oval, but Australian openers Perry and Rachael Haynes were not listening.
England players console each other after losing Women's World Cup final match against Australia.
They showed patience, scoring a sedate 26 off the first eight overs before Healey went on the rampage, paying the bowlers no respect as she pounded all points of the boundary with 26 fours.
Her 170, off just 138 deliveries, was the highest score in a women's or men's World Cup final, the highest score in this tournament and contributed to her tournament record of 509 runs, eclipsing the 497, set by Haynes earlier in the same innings.
The Healy and Haynes 160-run opening stand was a record partnership for any wicket in a World Cup final.
England could have claimed both wickets in the 21st over, with Australia still in the 90s, when Healy and Haynes were dropped off the bowling of Kate Cross.
It took Australia 22.2 overs to bring up their first 100, 13 more overs for the second hundred but just nine overs for the third, helped by England returning to the poor fielding which had plagued their start to the World Cup when they lost their first three games.
When Haynes went for 68, Beth Mooney joined Healy in a 156-run partnership before Healy's extraordinary innings ended in the 46th over when she missed an Anya Shrubsole delivery outside off stump and was stumped.
Mooney quickly followed for 62 as Australia lost four wickets in a push for runs over the last four overs, with Elysse Perry finishing not out 17 after coming in at number seven on her return from injury.
Anya Shrubsole was the one England bowler to perform with credit with three for 46 off her 10 overs -- the figures inflated by the final over which cost 15 runs.
England made a determined effort to stay within reach of the required run rate, but were hampered by wickets falling at regular intervals.
Sciver's 148 was the second highest score in a Women's World Cup final, but the next best for England was 27 by opener Tammy Beaumont.
For Australia, Jess Jonassen took three for 57 and Alana King finished with three for 64.
In a rain-shortened match with innings of 20 overs, Pakistan bowled superbly to contain the West Indies' potent batting line-up to 89-7 then overhauled the modest target with seven balls to spare.
Amy Satterthwaite scored 75 and Amelia Kerr added 50 as New Zealand made 260-9, batting first after India won the toss. Harmanpreet Kaur made an outstanding 71 from 63 balls to lead her team’s response but India was all out for 198 in the 47th over.
A half century by Nida Dar carried Pakistan close to a victory which would have been one of the most significant in its World Cup history. But she was run out for 55 in the 49th over.
The result puts Australia top of the tournament's eight-team leaderboard but leaves Pakistan bottom with a struggle to make the final four after two losses. "Everyone's in really good form, we all got starts and I guess we're all feeling in good nick," Lanning said.
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