India saved their worst for the last as Australia overpowered them by 85 runs for an unprecedented fifth T20 World Cup triumph in Melbourne on Sunday.
Alyssa Healy (75 off 39 balls) and Beth Mooney (78 off 54 balls) propelled Australia to 184/4 in 20 overs after they chose to bat first winning the toss. Overwhelmed by the occasion, India crumbled to 99 all out in front of a turnout of 86,174 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, a record in women’s cricket history.
The crowd figure of 86,174 fell short of the 90,185 fans who attended the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States and China in Pasadena, California in 1999. But the fans still managed to help create a national record on a historic occasion in Melbourne as women’s cricket took another leap forward.
India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur, on her 31st birthday, said her side’s poor catching display had been “unfortunate”. Australia’s skipper Meg Lanning said there had been a “lot of expectation on us”. “It was tough, definitely, especially after we lost that first game (to India),” Lanning said. “This day is certainly the best of my career so far.”
Both captains said they hoped to see a women’s domestic Twenty20 tournament established in India, similar to the high-profile men’s Indian Premier League.
Congratulations Australia on winning the #T20WorldCup! 👏
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 8, 2020
Congratulations to Australia for winning the @T20WorldCup. It was a tough day for #TeamIndia. Our team is young and will grow into a solid unit. You have inspired many across the globe. We are proud of you. Keep working hard and never lose hope. It will happen one day.#INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/RrH1dLqkBW
Gutted by the result today . Nonetheless the girls have had a wonderful #T20WorldCup campaign . I congratulate the T20 captain @ImHarmanpreet and the girls. Well done . Request everyone to continue supporting women’s cricket . Only great things are in store.
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) March 8, 2020
Congratulations @AusWomenCricket on winning the #T20WorldCup To the @BCCIWomen team,we all are very proud of your achievement. Really enjoyed the way you all played throughout the tournament. Good luck for your future matches.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 8, 2020
Till a few years ago, nobody could have imagined that a billion eyes would be glued to Women’s Cricket World Cup
Cups will come & go, but today is a victory for each & every INDIAN GIRL who dared to defy odds & societal barriers! #SheInspiresUs 🇮🇳
Congrats to Australia!
Our girls gave their everything, just had one bad day but it was so wonderful to see the way in which they played barring today .Wishing them better luck next time. Congratulations to Australia on winning the #T20WorldCup
Great campaign for the @BCCIWomen , well done @wvraman and the entire team for making us all proud. Onwards and upwards 👌👍🏻 . Congrats to the @AusWomenCricket for a dominating performance on the big night. 👏#WomenWorldCup2020
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 8, 2020
This was heartbreaking. Well played @BCCIWomen. Sometimes, it’s just not your day! Congratulations @AusWomenCricket. May this World Cup inspire many more to take up the sport! 🙌🏼 #INDvAUS #T20WorldCup
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) March 8, 2020
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) March 8, 2020
India lost only one game in the tournament. So did Australia. Both teams lost to each other. India beat Aus in the tournament opener. Australia beat India in the finals. Such is life…. #WT20WC #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 8, 2020
I know how tough it is to be so close to that World Cup & not win it. But chin up, girls! It’s not about the result, but about the generation you’ve inspired. You had a campaign you can be very proud of!
Also congratulations Australia, a much deserved win.#INDvsAUS #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/5ekr5Y9yvS
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 8, 2020
“If there was an IPL to happen, that would be great,” Lanning said. “It’s the next step for the women’s game and we’d all love to be involved.”
(with AP inputs)
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