ICC Women's T20 WC final: AUS wins record 5th title, beats IND by 85 runs

Australia women's cricket team after winning its 5th World T20 title: Photo: @T20WorldCup

Defending champions Australia cricket team won its record fifth ICC Women's T20 World Cup title, outclassing India cricket team by 85 runs in the summit clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which sees total attendence of 86,174 on Sunday. Opting to bat, Australia rode on blistering half-centuries by openers Alyssa Healy (75) and Beth Mooney (78 not out) to post 184 for four before its bowlers, led by Megan Schutt (4/18) and Jess Jonassen (3/20), put up a disciplined effort to win their fifth title.

Chasing a challenging target, India, featuring in its maiden final of the tournament, couldn't handle the pressure and were bundled out for 99 in 19.1 overs. India suffered a batting collapse as the top order of teen sensation Shafali Verma (2), Smriti Mandhana (11), Jemimah Rodrigues (0) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (4) departed inside the first six overs.

To add to India's woes, wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia retired hurt in the second over after getting hit on her helmet of the bowling of left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen. Deepti Sharma (33), Veda Krishnamurthy (19) and concussion substitute Richa Ghosh (14) tried to fight back but the Australian bowlers struck at regular intervals to choke India.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: India vs Australia final scorecard
 

 

Australia's Megan Schutt, second left celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Shafali Verma during the Women's T20 World Cup cricket final match in Melbourne. Photo: AP | PTI
Playing 11 of both the teams:

Australia Women playing 11: Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning(c), Jess Jonassen, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt

India Women playing 11: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia(w), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Richa Gosh (concussion substitute for Taniya Bhatia)

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Australia women's team wins record 5th T20 World Cup title

Over 19.1; Australia wins

India: 99-all out

Ball 1: Poonam Yadav hits towards deep mid-wicket, GONE. 

Over 19

Over Summary: W 0 0 1 0 1  ; India: 99-9

Jess Jonassen [3.0-0-18-2] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Poonam Yadav. 
 
Ball 5: Poonam Yadav defends on front foot.
 
Ball 4: Gayakwad sweeps towards deep fine leg for a single.
 
Ball 3: DOT
  
Ball 2: DOT

Rajeshwari Gayakwad, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Radha Yadav tries to hit over mid-on, fails to do so. GONE. Radha Yadav c Mooney b Jonassen 1(2)
 

Over 18; India Women needs 88 runs in 12 balls

Over Summary: W 4 W 1 0 0  ; India: 97-8

Megan Schutt [2.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Radha Yadav

Poonam Yadav, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Richa Gosh goes in search of big runs.
 
Ball 2: Richa Gosh smashes FOUR

Radha Yadav, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Shikha Pandey departs. 
 

Over 17; Deepti Sharma departs

Over Summary: W 1 1L 1 0 1  ; India: 92-6

Nicola Carey [3.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Shikha Pandey
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A single for Richa Gosh
 
Ball 3: One leg byes for India
 
Ball 2: A single for Richa Gosh

Shikha Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Deepti SHarma's hard fought 33 runs innings comes to an end. Deepti Sharma c Mooney b Carey 33(35) [4s-2]
 

Over 16; India Women needs 97 runs in 24 balls

Over Summary:  2 1 1 1 1 1  ; India: 88-5

Jess Jonassen [2.0-0-11-2] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Deepti Sharma. 
 
Ball 5: Richa Gosh hits from the inside half of the bat towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4: Deepti Sharma sweeps towards deep backward square leg for a single.
 
Ball 3: Richa Gosh collects a single towards long-on
 
Ball 2: Deepti Sharma collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Deepti Sharma collects a couple of runs
 

Over 15; India Women needs 104 runs in 30 balls

Over Summary: 1 1 1 0 1 1  ; India: 81-5

Delissa Kimmince [3.0-0-12-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Deepti Sharma
 
Ball 5: A siingle for Richa Gosh
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Deepti Sharma collects a single.
 
Ball 2: Richa Gosh collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Deepti Sharma collects a single.
 

Over 14; CRR: 5.43 REQ: 18.17

Over Summary: 1 0 1 2 4 1  ; India: 76-5

Nicola Carey [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Deepti Sharma whips towards wide of long-on fielder for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Deepti Sharma gets an outside off through short third man for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: Deepti Sharma hits over mid-on for a couple of runs as Jonassen makes a excellant effort at the boundary line.
 
Ball 3: Richa Gosh gets a leading edge towards third man for a single.
 
Ball 2: A short delivery and Richa Gosh is hurried by the pace.
 
Ball 1: Deepti Sharma collects a single.
 

Over 13; India Women needs 118 runs in 42 balls

Over Summary:  1 4 1 1 0 2  ; India: 67-5

Sophie Molineux [3.0-0-12-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Richa Gosh hits wide of deep extra cover for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Deepti Sharma guides towards deep fine leg for a single.
 
Ball 3: Richa Gosh comes down the wicket and hits towards deep extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 2: Richa Gosh hits over extra cover for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Deepti Sharma collects a single.
 

Over 12; CRR: 4.83 REQ: 15.88

Over Summary: 1 1 W 0 0 0  ; India: 58-5

Delissa Kimmince [2.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT

Richa Ghosh, right handed bat, comes to the crease (conscussion substitute for Taniya Bhatia)
 
Ball 3: Veda tries to go over mid-on, holed up to Jonassen. Veda Krishnamurthy c Jonassen b Delissa Kimmince 19(24) [4s-1]
 
Ball 2: Deepti Sharma collects a single towards deep square leg.
 
Ball 1: Veda collects a single towards deep square leg.
 

Over 11; CRR: 5.09 REQ: 14.33

Over Summary: 2 1 1 1 0 0  ; India: 56-4

Nicola Carey [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Veda collects a single.
 
Ball 3: Deepti Sharma collects a single towards cover-point region.
 
Ball 2: A single for Veda.
 
Ball 1: Veda pulls towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs
 

Over 10; CRR: 5.1 REQ: 13.4

Over Summary:  1 1 1 1 0 1  ; India: 51-4

Sophie Molineux [2.0-0-7-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Veda comes the wicket and hits straight down the ground for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Deepti Sharma hits towards deep mid-wicket region for a single.
 
Ball 3: Veda collects a single towards long-on region.
 
Ball 2: Deepti Sharma collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Veda collects a single.
 

Over 9; CRR: 5.11 REQ: 12.64

Over Summary: 1 1 4 0 0 1  ; India: 46-4

Delissa Kimmince continues
 
Ball 6: Veda hits towards mid-wicket region for a single
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Veda opens the face and guides the delivery through short third man for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Deepti Sharma hits towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 1: Veda hits towards deep square leg for a single.
 

Over 8; CRR: 4.88 REQ: 12.17

Over Summary:  2 1 1 0 1 0  ; India: 39-4

Nicola Carey, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Veda nudges towards cover for a single.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Deepti Sharma collects a single.
 
Ball 2: Veda collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Veda collects a couple of runs.
 

Over 7; CRR: 5.02 REQ: 11.61

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 1  ; India: 34-4

Sophie Molineux [1.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Veda collects a single.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Deepti Sharma collects a single
 

Over 6; Harmanpreet departs

Over Summary: 0 0 4 W Wd 1 0  ; India: 32-4

Jess Jonassen [1.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Veda tries to whip on leg side, gets a leading edge and ball falls in front of backward point. 

Ball 5: Deepti Sharma tucks towards mid-wicket region for a single.
 
Ball 5: WIDE down the leg side

Veda Krishnamurthy, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 4: Harmanpreet Kaur tries to up the ante, plays a sweep shot, gets a top edge and caught at deep backward square leg boundary line. Kaur c Gardner b Jonassen 4(7) [4s-1]
 
Ball 3: Harmanpreet chips over cover for FOUR
 
Ball 2: DOT
  
Ball 1:  DOT
 

Over 5

Over Summary: 0 0 2 0 0 Wd 0  ; India: 26-3

Delissa Kimmince, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Deepti Sharma collects a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 4; CRR: 5.75 REQ: 10.12

Over Summary:  W 4 0 0 1 0  ; India: 23-3

Sophie Molineux, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Harmanpreet drives without any timing towards extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 5: Deepti sweeps towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4: Deepti hits towards mid-on for no run.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Deepti glances towards fine leg boundary for FOUR

Deepti Sharma, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Mandhana tries to break the shackles, provides a catching practice to mid-off. Mandhana c Carey b Molineux 11(8) [4s-2]
 

Over 3; CRR: 6 REQ: 9.82

Over Summary:  Wd 4 0 4 1 0 0  ; India: 18-2

Schutt continues
 
Ball 6: Harmanpreet dabs towards cover for no run.
 
Ball 5: Harmanpreet defends towards off side for no run.
 
Ball 4: Mandhana hits towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 3: Mandhana cuts through backward point for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Mandhana gets an inside edge to keeper for no run.

Ball 1: Mandhana hits over extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: WIDE

Harmanpreet Kaur, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 

Over 2; Rodrigues departs for duck

Over Summary:  1 1 0 2Wd 1 0 W  ; India: 8-2

Jess Jonassen, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rodrigues tries to go big, hits straight to mid-on, GONE. Rodrigues c Carey b Jonassen 0(2)
 
Ball 5: Rodrigues defends onfront

Ball 4: Mandhana hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4: TWO WIDES

Taniya Bhatia leaves the field and Jemimah Rodrigues, right handed batswoman, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Taniya tries to sweep, misses, hit on helmet, no run. Mandatory concussion test.
 
Ball 2: Mandhana nudges towards mid-wicket for a single
 
Ball 1: Taniya collects a single
 

Over 1; Shafali Verma departs

Over Summary: 2 0 W 0 1 0  ; India: 3-1

Shafali Verma and Mandhana are at the crease. Shafali Verma is on strike. Schutt will open the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Taniya scoops infront of mid-off for a single
 
Ball 4: DOT

Taniya Bhatia, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Shafali knicks to keeper, GONE. Shafali Verma c Healy b Schutt 2(3)
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Shafali Verma collects a couple of runs
 

Over 20

Over Summary:  1 1 1 4 0 1B ; Australia: 184-4

Radha Yadav [3.0-0-27-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: One BYES
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Carey hits towards deep square leg for FOUR
 
Ball 3: Mooney collects a single
 
Ball 2: Carey collects a single
 
Ball 1: Mooney collects a single
 

Over 19; Poonam gets Haynes

Over Summary:  4 3 1 1 W 0  ; Australia: 176-4

Poonam Yadav [3.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Carey hits towards cover for no run

Nicola Carey, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Poonam Yadav removes Haynes as the batswomen hits into the stumps. Haynes b Poonam Yadav 4(5)
 
Ball 4:  A single for Mooney towards square leg region
 
Ball 3: Hayners slogs towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: Mooney collects three runs.
 
Ball 1: Mooney smashes FOUR
 

Over 18; CRR: 9.28

Over Summary: 1 1 1 4 2 1  ; Australia: 167-3

Shikha Pandey [3.0-0-42-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Mooney towards mid-wicket region
 
Ball 5: Mooney collects a couple of runs towards deep mid-wicket
 
Ball 4: Mooney gets an outside edge through vacant slip cordon for FOUR
 
Ball 3: Haynes collects a single.
 
Ball 2: Mooney collects a single
 
Ball 1: Haynes collects a single
 

Over 17; CRR: 9.24

Over Summary:  0 W 0 2 W 1 ; Australia: 157-3

Deepti Sharma [3.0-0-35-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Haynes collects a single

Rachael Haynes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Garder comes down the wicket for a biggie, beaten, gets STUMPED. Gardner st Bhatia b Deepti Sharma 2(3)
 
Ball 4: A couple of runs for Gardner
 
Ball 3: DOT

Ashleigh Gardner, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Deepti Sharma scalps Lanning as she hits straight to fielder. Lanning c Shikha Pandey b Deepti Sharma 16(15) [4s-2]
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 17; CRR: 9.24

Over Summary:  0 W 0 2 W 1 ; Australia: 157-3

Deepti Sharma [3.0-0-35-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Haynes collects a single

Rachael Haynes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: Garder comes down the wicket for a biggie, beaten, gets STUMPED. Gardner st Bhatia b Deepti Sharma 2(3)
 
Ball 4: A couple of runs for Gardner
 
Ball 3: DOT

Ashleigh Gardner, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Deepti Sharma scalps Lanning as she hits straight to fielder. Lanning c Shikha Pandey b Deepti Sharma 16(15) [4s-2]
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 16; CRR: 9.62

Over Summary: 4 4 1 1 1 1  ; Australia: 154-1

Radha Yadav [2.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Lanning to end the over
 
Ball 5: Mooney slogs towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4: Lanning comes down the wicket and punches down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 3: Mooney sweeps towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 2: Mooney hits towards cow corner for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Mooney comes down the wicket and hits over extra cover for FOUR
 

Over 15; CRR: 9.47

Over Summary: 1 1 Wd 2 1 1 0  ; Australia: 142-1

Poonam Yadav [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Mooney hits towards sweeper cover for a single and completes his FIFTY.
 
Ball 4: A single for Lanning

Ball 3: Lanning collects a couple of runs towards deep extra cover
 
Ball 3: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 2: Mooney collects a single
 
Ball 1: Lanning collects a single
 

Over 14

Over Summary:   1 4 1 2 4 0 ; Australia: 135-1

Deepti Sharma [2.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5:  Mooney smashes FOUR 
 
Ball 4: Mooney collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 3: Lanning collects a single
 
Ball 2: Lanning smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: Mooney collects a single
 

Over 13

Over Summary: 4 0 0 1 1 0  ; Australia: 123-1

Rajeshwari Gayakwad [3.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Mooney collects a single
 
Ball 4: Lanning collects a single
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Lanning smashes FOUR
 

Over 12; Radha strikes

Over Summary:  0 1 0 W 0 2  ; Australia: 117-1

Radha Yadav continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Mooney
 
Ball 5: Mooney fails to score

Meg Lanning, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 4: Healy goes for her sixth six, holed up to long-on, GONE. Healy c Krishnamurthy b Radha Yadav 75(39) [4s-7 6s-5]
 
Ball 3: Healy slogs without any timing towards mid-wicket for no run.
 
Ball 2: Mooney collects a single towards long-off
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 11; Shikha Pandey leaks 23 runs

Over Summary:  4 1 6 6 6 0 ; Australia: 114

Shikha Pandey [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Healy plays an extended cover drive for SIX
 
Ball 4: Healy crunched straight down the ground for SIX.
 
Ball 3: Healy smashes just over long-on for SIX.
 
Ball 2: Mooney collects a single towards backward point region.
 
Ball 1: Mooney cuts towards deep backward point for FOUR
 

Over 10; Alyssa Healy smashes FIFTY

Over Summary: 1 4 2Nb 1 1 1 1  ; Australia: 91-0

Radha Yadav, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Healy
 
Ball 5: Healy cuts towards short third man for a single.
 
Ball 4: Mooney hits towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 3: Healy comes down the wicket and slaps down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 3: NO BALL, Healy collects a couple of runs towards deep extra cover.
 
Ball 2: Healy smashes straight down the ground for FOUR and completes her FIFTY.
 
Ball 1: Mooney collects a single towards gully region.
 

Over 9; CRR: 8.78

Over Summary:  1 4 1 1 Wd 0 1 ; Australia: 79-0

Poonam Yadav continues
 
Ball 6: Mooney hits towards deep extra cover for a single.

Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 5: Mooney tries to cut outside off, beaten. WIDE called
 
Ball 4: Healy comes down the wicket and hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 3: A loopy full toss and Mooney hits towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 2: Mooney hits towards cow corner for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Healy collects a single towards deep extra cover
 

Over 8; CRR: 8.75

Over Summary: 1 2 6 6 0 1 ; Australia: 70-0

Gayakwad continues
 
Ball 6: Healy slogs towards deep mid-wicket for a single
 
Ball 5: Healy tries to hit hattrick of sixes but hits straight to bowler, no run
 
Ball 4: Healy smashes over long-on for SIX.
 
Ball 3: Healy wallopes towards cow corner for a SIX, distance 84 metres 
 
Ball 2: Healy tries to go big over extra cover but not able to time well, ball lands safely. Two runs taken
 
Ball 1: Mooney collects a single
 

Over 7

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 1 1  ; Australia: 54-0

Poonam Yadav, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Mooney hits down the ground for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Healy hits towards extra cover region for a single.
 
Ball 4: Mooney collects a single towards point region.
 
Ball 3: Poonam Yadav deceives Mooney
 
Ball 2: Healy punches down the ground for a single
 
Ball 1: Mooney collects a single towards mid-wicket region for a single
 

Over 6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 1  ; Australia: 49-0

Gayakwad continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Mooney
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Healy collects a single towards cover region.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 5; CRR: 9.4

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 4 4  ; Australia: 47-0

Shikha Pandey [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Mooney hits back to back boundaries
 
Ball 5: Mooney smashes FOUR
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Healy
 
Ball 2: A single for Mooney
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 4

Over Summary: 0 4 0 0 1 0  ; Australia: 37-1

Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Mooney collects a single
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Mooney smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT
 

Over 3

Over Summary: 1 0 2 1 1 4  ; Australia: 32-0

Deepti Sharma continues
 
Ball 6: Healy smashes FOUR
 
Ball 5: Mooney collects a single.
 
Ball 4: Healy collects a single.
 
Ball 3: Healy collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Mooney collects a single
 

Over 2

Over Summary:   1 4 0 0 4 0 ; Australia: 23-0

Shikha Pandey, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Healy smashes FOUR
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Healy smashes FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Mooney collects a single.
 

Over 1

Over Summary: 4 1 1 4 0 4  ; Australia: 14-0 

Healy and Mooney are at the crease. Healy is on strike. Deepti Sharma will open the attack
 
Ball 6: Healy smashes FOUR
 
Ball 5: Shafali Verma drops a SITTER at extra cover.
 
Ball 4: Healy smashes FOUR
 
Ball 3: Mooney collects a single
 
Ball 2: Healy collects a single
 
Ball 1: Healy smashes FOUR towards leg side
 

ICC launches campaign to promote women's cricket

The International Cricket Council on Sunday launched a 12-month campaign dedicated to the promotion of women's cricket to build on the momentum of the ongoing T20 World Cup here.
 
The campaign titled "100% Cricket" will showcase the skill, athletic brilliance, passion and intensity of the players and bring everything fans love about the sport to life.
 
 
"It will challenge perceptions, build heroes and create excitement as we head into the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand," an ICC media release said.
 
The campaign, launched on the occasion of the International Women's Day ahead of the T20 World Cup final at the MCG, demonstrates the ambition of the entire sport to accelerate the growth of the women's game and capitalise on the record-breaking momentum that has been created over the last two weeks. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 

Katy Perry performing at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Katy Perry is enthralling over 70,000-plus spectators with her blockbuster number "Roar" at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

PITCH REPORT

It is a rock hard surface, there is some nice grass on it. Not sure how much turn spinners will get on this surface. The ball will come on to the bat, the challenge for Australia will be against Poonam Yadav as she gets the ball up and down, with great drop, reckons Nasser Hussain.

India Playing 11

India Women: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia(w), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Australia women playing 11

Australia Women: Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning(c), Jess Jonassen, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt

India cricket team: Strengths

 
 
Having beaten Australia in the group game, India will have the confidence to pull off an encore. World's Number 1 T20 batter Shafali Verma's nerveless power play. Deepti Sharma's all round form. Incisive spinners: Poonam Yadav (9 wickets); Rajeshwari Gayakwad (5 wickets); Radha Yadav (5 wickets). Sharp glovework of Tanya Bhatia

Here is how the wicket looks like at MCG

India vs Australia head to head

India have won 6 out of 19 matches. Sucess rate: 32 per cent

 

India road to final

Rank: World Number 4
 
Previous Best: Losing seifinalists (2009, 2010 and 2018)
 
Road to final: Only team with no-loss record. Beat Austraia by 17 runs, Bangladesh by 18 runs, New Zealand by 3 runs, Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. Semis Against England washed out. Being group topper, India went to the finals.
India's Poonam Yadav second right, is lifted by a teammate after taking the wicket of Australia's Ellyse Perry during the first game of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney. Photo: AP | PTI

Women's T20 WC triumph will be biggest prize for women's empowerment: Poonam Yadav's father

As India and Australia get ready to lock horns in the finals of the Women's T20 World Cup, spinner Poonam Yadav's father Raghuveer Singh Yadav on Sunday said that if the team manages to win the tournament, then it would be the biggest prize for women's empowerment.
 
The finals between India and Australia will be played later today at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in front of more than 80,000 people. What makes it all the more special, is that it would be played on the occasion of International Women's Day.
 
 
"Today is International Women's Day and our team is ready to play the finals of the 20-over World Cup. I am confident that the side will win the tournament, it will be the biggest prize for women empowerment and there is no doubt, that we will win the competition. Our nation is doing a lot for the girls, and I would urge everyone to keep giving chances to girls and they will not let you down," Ponam's father Raghuveer Singh told ANI.
 
"I won't just talk about Poonam, the entire side has played well. Shafali, Deepti have also performed well and it has been a complete team effort. I am 99.9 per cent sure that we will the T20 World Cup," he added.
 
So far in the competition, Poonam has taken 9 wickets, and her best return came in the first match of the tournament against Australia as she took four wickets, guiding India to a comprehensive win. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Ellyse Perry out for six months, to undergo surgery

Australia women's Ellyse Perry will be out of action for at least six months as the all-rounder is set to undergo surgery on her injured hamstring next week.
 
Perry picked the injury during a clash against New Zealand and was ruled out of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup on March 3. As a result, she missed Australia's semi-final clash against South Africa on Thursday.
 
 
Australia defeated South Africa and with this victory, the hosts booked their spot in the final where they will take on India on Sunday.
 
"The timing has been good, I still get to come tomorrow and next week I'll (have surgery). From my perspective, I've had the most incredible run, I've been very fortunate with injury for a long period of time," Cricket.com.au quoted Perry as saying. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Australia women face selection dilemma ahead of T20 WC final against India

Ahead of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup final clash, Australia are facing selection dilemma as skipper Meg Lanning said they have got 14 players to pick from and all options are on the table.
 
"We're thinking about a few different options. We've got 14 players to pick from. We'll have a look at the wicket and see what that throws at us, but all options are on the table at the moment," Cricket.com.au quoted Lanning as saying.
 
Australia women booked their spot in the final of the tournament after they defeated South Africa in the semi-finals on March 5.
 
On the other hand, India's semi-final clash against England was washed out and the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side cruised into the final because they topped Group A.
 
The hosts of the tournament, Australia, also have a disadvantage as Ellyse Perry was ruled out of the World Cup due to a hamstring injury on March 3.

Ganguly extends good wishes to Indian women's team ahead of T20 WC final

he Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday extended good wishes to the women's team, that will be playing the T20 World Cup final tomorrow.
 
Ganguly took to Twitter to write: "Good wishes to the Indian women's cricket team for the finals tomorrow... They have made the country proud .. @BCCI."
 
 
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side made it to the final of the tournament after their semi-final clash against England was washed out, as they had topped Group A.
 
The hosts of the tournament, Australia, defeated South Africa in the other semi-final to book their spot in the decider.
 
The Women's T20 World Cup final will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
 
Pop superstar Katy Perry will perform during the pre-game show and will return for a post-game concert, as a part of the T20 World Cup final celebrations on International Women's Day.
 
Ahead of the final, Perry met the Indian women's team. Kaur said it was great fun interacting with the singer and now their sole focus is on the clash against Australia.


India's T20 World Cup win could start a major breakthrough: Lee

He will be supporting Australia for sure but former pacer Brett Lee feels an Indian victory in Sunday's T20 Word Cup final could be a "start of a major breakthrough" for the women's game in the cricket-mad country.
 
India and Australia will lock horns in what is expected to be a blockbuster title clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
 
"As an Australian, I'd love nothing more than for (Meg) Lanning's team to do the job. But if India were to win the World Cup for the first time, victory would do so much for women's cricket in a country that already adores the sport," Lee wrote in an ICC column.
 
"This could be the start of a major breakthrough, particularly with the amount of talent that is coming through." 
 
The former speedster said Australia will have to look for ways to counter the in-form 16-year-old Shafali Verma.
 
"In Shafali Verma, India boast one of the most talented players in the world and you feel that for Australia to win the game, dismissing her will likely be their first job.
 
"I've been so impressed with the opener - it's staggering to believe she's only 16 with the confidence she has in her own ability and the way she strikes the ball so cleanly.
 
"She's such good fun to watch and I'm not sure the women's game has seen anyone like her for such a long time."  READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

I believe destiny is in India's favour: Veda Krishnamurthy ahead of ICC Women's T20 WC final

Senior India batter Veda Krishnamurthy says her team seems destined to win the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in its maiden final appearance provided it keeps nerves in check against four-time champions Australia here on Sunday.
 
India will have the psychological advantage going into the final as they had stunned the defending champions by 17 runs in the tournament opener.
 
 
"It's all about destiny, and I'm a big believer in destiny. I feel like this is the way it was meant to be. There is a joke going around that this World Cup is made in such a way that it's helping us, starting from the wickets to everything else," she was quoted as saying by the tournament's official website.
 
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led India reached the final on the basis of their unbeaten record in the tournament after their semifinal against England was washed out on Thursday.
 
Krishnamurthy, who was a part of the Indian team that finished runner-up to England in the 2017 Women's ODI World Cup, understands the pain of missing out on a world title. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

WATCH: India vs Australia final preview

Ahead of IND vs AUS final, Katy Perry meets Team India

Global music superstar Katy Perry on Saturday met the India cricket team at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where itg would face Australia cricket team in the much-anticipated final of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup on Sunday -- International Women's Day.
 
Perry met another famous Perry, injured Australian star Ellyse Perry who presented the pop icon with a 'Perry' Australian shirt and also met Australian fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck and the full Indian squad, led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur.

Perry, who is expecting her first child with fiance and Hollywood actod Orland Bloom, will on Sunday perform two songs to get the final underway followed by a one-hour post-match concert, with her full band. READ FULL ARTICL HERE
Katy Perry with India women's cricket team at MCG ahead of India vs Australia final. Photo: @T20WorldCup

Ahead of Women's T20 WC final, lets have a look at India's journey

As India and Australia get ready to lock horns in the finals of the Women's T20 World Cup, let us have a look at the journey of the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side.
 
India goes into the finals being the only undefeated side in the ongoing tournament. The side triumphed in all their group-stage matches and progressed to the summit clash as their semi-final against England got abandoned due to rain.
 
 
It is the first time, that India has managed to reach the finals of the tournament, and the side would be playing in front of more than 80,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The final will truly be a spectacle as it will be played on the occasion of International Women's Day.
 
The Women in Blue started their campaign against Australia, and in the first match, the side defeated the tournament favourites. Poonam Yadav starred with the ball as she scalped four wickets to allow India to defend a score of 132, winning the match by 17 runs.
 
Keeping their winning momentum, India outclassed neighbours Bangladesh by 18 runs in their second match of the competition.

With only one win required to go into the semi-finals, India edged over New Zealand by three runs. The match against the Kiwis proved a challenge for the Women in Blue. However, spinners rose to the challenge and allowed India to scrap away with a win.
 
In the last group stage match, India eased past Sri Lanka by seven wickets.
 
Every match has witnessed a new match-winner for India, however, there has been one constant, and that is none other than the 16-year-old Shafali Verma.
 
In the four group stage matches, Shafali has managed to score 161 runs, with the highest being 47 against Sri Lanka. These efforts have allowed the youngster to reach the number one spot in the ICC Women's T20I batting rankings.
 
However, the experienced campaigners Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur have failed to get going, and if India wants to bring the trophy home, both these batswoman need to get among the scoring charts.
 
Spinners Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav have managed to spin a web around their opponents and India would rely heavily on them in the finals.
 
Easing past Australia in the finals won't be an easy prospect as the hosts are the four-time champions of the Women's T20 World Cup. Australia is the only team in the history of the tournament to make the knock-out stages.
 
Defeating them in the group-stage was one task, but outclassing them in the finals would be a totally different thing.
India's Poonam Yadav second right, is lifted by a teammate after taking the wicket of Australia's Ellyse Perry during the first game of the Women's T20 Cricket World Cup in Sydney. Photo: AP | PTI

ICC Women's T20 World Cup final: India vs Australia final preview

The Indian women's team will have to overcome big match pressure as it aims to exorcise the ghosts of the past in the T20 World Cup final against habitual winners Australia in front of a record crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. India go into the final unbeaten after topping the group stage where it had beaten the four-time champions Australia in the tournament-opener. After the semifinal against England was washed out, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led squad advanced to their maiden summit clash, having finished first in Group A.

The refreshing firepower of 16-year-old Shafali Verma at the top and consistency of India's spin-heavy bowling attack has contributed massively to the team's success so far in the competition. However, much more is needed from star batters Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet if India are to win their maiden ICC trophy. The brittle middle-order too needs to deliver. And besides doing the right things on the field, India will also have to win the battle of nerves in the all important game. Australia, who had beaten India in the preceding tri-series final, find themselves in familiar territory having made their sixth successive final in seven editions. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 



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