England fall short in final

England Women fell at the final hurdle for the second successive time in the ICC World Twenty20, going down by six wickets to Australia in Dhaka.

Australia skipper Meg Lanning led the way with 44 as they successfully passed England's total of 105-8 with 29 balls to spare at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Lanning hit two sixes and four fours in her 30-ball knock as she shared in a third-wicket stand of 60 with Ellyse Perry, who finished up unbeaten on 30, before perishing with the finishing line in sight.

Alex Blackwell also went for a duck with the scores tied, providing Natalie Sciver (2-12) with her second wicket in the over.

However Perry hit the winning run off spinner Danielle Hazell at the start of the next, meaning her team-mates could end their wait to rush onto the field and start the celebrations.

Hat-trick of titles

It means Australia have now lifted the trophy on the past three editions of the tournament and also avenges their Ashes series loss on home soil during the winter.

England were only able to post 105-8 after being put into bat by Lanning, their innings never really gaining any momentum against some disciplined bowling that was backed up superbly in the field.

Captain Charlotte Edwards - who admitted after losing the toss she too would have bowled first - was the first wicket to fall, chipping Sarah Coyte (3-16) having made 13 off 19 balls. Opening partner Sarah Taylor also struggled to break free, falling to the same bowler for 18 to leave the score at 55-2.

Heather Knight was the only England player to get to grips with both the bowling and the pitch, hitting three of her team's eight boundaries to top score with 29 from 24 deliveries.

In contrast, Australia - who believed they had Knight caught behind when she had just one to her name - came out with all guns blazing in their run chase.

Jess Jonassen managed the first six of the match as she made a breezy 15 at the top of the order before becoming Anya Shrubsole's 13th wicket of the tournament, though the seamer was uncharacteristically expensive as her four overs went for 29 runs.

Lanning came in at the fall of the first wicket and continued the aggressive approach; the right-hander hit Shrubsole down the ground for one of her two maximums and seemed set to see her team home until Sciver had her caught at mid-off.

It didn't matter, though. Perry did the job instead, completing a fine match for the all-rounder after she had earlier taken 2-13 with the ball and also caught Knight out at deep mid-wicket.