Australia beat India by 85 runs to lift the women’s T20 World Cup for the fifth time.
Melbourne: Australia managed to lift the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for the fifth time as India failed to cross the 100-run mark while chasing a formidable target of 185.
It wasn’t going to be easy for the Indian Women after a beating the bowlers took when Australia was at the crease.
India had to attack soon at the cost of losing wickets. India’s perish began quickly when Shafali Verma returned to the pavilion in the first over. Adding to the woes was the plight of Taniya Bhatia who was retired hurt when she was struck at the back of the neck-head region by a delivery of Jess Jonassen. Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana fell soon thereafter.
When Harmanpreet kaur was sent back to the pavilion in the sixth over India were in all sorts of bother at 30/4.
While India lost 4 wickets for a paltry 30 runs, the worse was yet to come. After kaur’s departure, India could only add another paltry 69 runs at the cost of whatever wickets remained.
India was handed over a defeat by 85 runs.
Earlier on, Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy were merciless and put up individual scores of 78 and 75 respectively
India had nothing going their way after Australia, opting to bat first, put the ball over the boundary with ease. The first 10 overs saw the openers Healy and Mooney amass 91 runs.
Though the break for India came in the 12th over, courtesy Radha Yadav, it wasn’t before the openers did some extreme damage.
The 11th over saw Shikha Pandey concede a six of Mooney’s bat but it was Healy who scored a hattrick of sixes in the over that dented the confidence of India.
Yadav managed to stop the partnership at 115 runs and Healy returned to the pavilion
The second wicket fell only 39 runs later when Meg Lanning was trying to increase momentum
Though Ashleigh Gardner also perished without upsetting the scorers, in the 17th over at 156/3 Australia was looking at a big total to defend.
Unbeaten, Mooney managed to see Australia through to 184 at the end of 20 overs with Nicola Carey at the crease.
Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy were awarded the player of the series and player of the match respectively.
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Last Updated Mar 8, 2020, 4:09 PM IST