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Women’s T20 World Cup Final Highlights: Australia win fifth title, beat India by 85 runs

India vs Australia Women's T20 World Cup Final Highlights: Australia beat India by 85 runs to win the World Cup for the fifth time.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: March 8, 2020 8:25:46 pm
Harmanpreet Kaur has struggled with the bat in the tournament so far (Source: T20 World Cup/Twitter)

India vs Australia Women’s T20 World Cup Final Highlights: Meg Lanning’s side beat India by 85 runs to win the Women’s T20 World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Chasing a huge total of 185, India got off to a horrible start losing in-form opener Shafali Verma in the first over. The wickets kept on falling as Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur departed in the powerplay overs. Taniya Bhatia went off the field too after getting hit on the helmet. Deepti Sharma (33), Veda Krishnamurthy (19) and concussion substitute Richa Ghosh (18) contributed with cameos but could not help India get close to the target. The wickets kept falling as India got all out for 99 runs with five balls to go. Megan Schutt took four wickets in the innings. Australia defending the World Champions title and won the tournament for the fifth time in history.

Earlier, Australian skipper Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia got off to a terrific start as openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney put-up a 50-run stand in the powerplay overs putting India under pressure. Healy went on to score her 12th T20I fifty. She scored 75 runs from 39 deliveries before losing her wicket to Radha Yadav. Mooney went on to score 78 runs from 54 balls as she carried her bat. Australia posted a record-breaking mammoth total of 184 for four wickets.

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India vs Australia Women's T20 World Cup Final Highlights:

16:10 (IST)08 Mar 2020
The winning captain speaks

I'm just proud of this group. We have had ups and downs. To put this kind of performance on the biggest day is outstanding. There was a lot of expectations from us. We were hoping to be there. To get here was a significant achievement. We had to change our tactics quickly, had to execute on the big stage. I knew she's (Schutt) going to perform well. I'd like to thank all the support staff, to family and friends. And, also to the fans, I'm happy to play in front of you.

16:08 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Harmanpreet reflects on the tournament

The way we played in the league stages, it was outstanding. It was unfortunate to drop those catches today. Upcoming 1.5 years is important. The future is good for us, we need to trust ourselves. You have to keep learning. The first game was very good, it gave us a lot of confidence. We spent a lot of time together, unfortunate for us not to win today. We have to keep working hard. We are in the right line, every year we are improving. We need to play with more focus. Sometimes, we are not able to give our best. This year we are hoping for some more games in the Women's T20 Challenge. That tournament is very important. Hopefully, we do get more players.

16:02 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Beth Mooney - Player of the tournament

"The crowd has been amazing right throughout the tournament, I'm lost for words. I think we stuck to our processes, if it wasn't your day someone else chipped in. We sort of knew what went wrong against India in the first game and we worked on our plans accordingly. Everyone did pretty well, and we had the support of 87000 people. I like to challenge myself and find new ways to be the best in the world. We have great support around us and I've been very fortunate. I'll keep going along as long as I can. I'd love to take the gloves, but I'm not that bad in the outfield either." Beth Mooney, the highest run-scorer of the tournament. 

15:57 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Alyssa Healy - Player of the match

"It was unbelievable, thank you everyone. You can't wipe out the smile out of my face. It's the nature of how I play, just needed a little bit of luck. Just went out there and enjoyed my time. Mooney is sensational. She got off strike and let me do my thing. We are having a lot of fun together," Alyssa Healy in the post-match presentation. 

15:37 (IST)08 Mar 2020
FIVE FOR AUSTRALIA!

Another aerial shot and another wicket falls. India are all out for 99 with five more balls to go. Megan Schutt gets her fourth wicket. Australia beat India by 85 runs and win the title for the fifth time. 

15:33 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Radha departs now

And here's another one. Radha Yadav departs trying to hit the ball a long way. Beth Mooney takes another catch. IND W - 97/9 after 18.1 overs

15:28 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Ghosh departs

The concussion substitute Richa Ghosh departs after scoring 18 runs on her World Cup debut. Megan Schutt adds another wicket to her kitty. IND W - 96/8 after 17.3 overs

15:25 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Another wicket!

Excellent catching from Beth Mooney once again. Australia have not made one single mistake in the field today. Shikha Pandey departs after scoring just a single. Megan Schutt gets another wicket. IND W - 92/7 after 17.1 overs

15:21 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Deepti departs

Excellent catch from Beth Mooney diving forward. Deepti Sharma departs after scoring 33 runs from 35 games. First wicket from Nicola Carey in the final. IND - 88/6 after 16.1 overs

15:19 (IST)08 Mar 2020
No boundaries

Richa Ghosh and Deepti Sharma are constantly looking for boundaries but are struggling to get any. Miscues here and there and singles keep coming. IND W - 88/5 after 16 overs

15:11 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Deepti swings it

Deepti Sharma is looking for boundaries on every delivery. Deepti manages one through an outside edge. Meanwhile, exceptional fielding from Australia. It is just a formality now. Australia have another World Cup trophy in the bag. IND W - 76/5 after 14 overs

15:07 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Ghosh hits boundary

Richa Ghosh gives Indian fans something to cheer for with an inside out boundary to open her account. She ends the over with another good shot. It could have gone for a boundary but brilliant fielding near the ropes saves it. IND W - 67/5 after 13 overs

15:04 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Ghosh in for Bhatia

Richa Ghosh becomes the first concussion substitute to play in a World Cup final (men or women). Ghosh plays three dot deliveries to start with. IND W - 58/5 after 12 overs

15:02 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Another wicket!

Veda Krishnamurthy's inning comes to an end. Krishnamurthy went for a big shot but could not hit it over the mid off fielder. She departs for 19 from 24 deliveries. IND W - 58/5 after 11.3 overs

14:59 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Ghosh replaces Bhatia

Taniya Bhatia has been diagnosed with a concussion and will take no further part in the game. Youngster Richa Ghosh replaces her in the side. Meanwhile, Nicola Carey back into the attack. Just 5 runs from the over. IND W - 56/4 after 11 overs

14:56 (IST)08 Mar 2020
50 up!

Only a miracle inning can get India close to the target now. Veda Krishnamurthy and Deepti Sharma have managed to steady the ship but it needs to run at full steam from now on otherwise this run chase will go down. IND W - 51/4 after 10 overs

14:52 (IST)08 Mar 2020
FOUR!

A boundary for India after the sixth over. Veda Krishnamurthy uses the pace of the delivery and guides it past the short third fielder for a boundary. Meanwhile, the required run rate has gone over 12 runs per over and nearing 13. IND - 46/4 after 9 overs

14:45 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Krishnamurthy struggles to find the gap

Dot ball, dot ball and more dot balls. Veda Krishnamurthy feels the scoreboard pressure. Just two singles from Sophie Molineux's second over. India are losing the plot in this run chase with the required run rate nearing 12 runs per over. IND W -34/4 after 7 overs

14:40 (IST)08 Mar 2020
Harmanpreet departs

Another wicket falls! This is a collapse of epic proportions. Harmanpreet Kaur departed after hitting a boundary off the previous delivery. Kaur was caught at the boundary by Ashleigh Gardener. The Indian run chase is in shambles. The big game pressure gets to them. IND W - 30/4 after 5.4 overs

14:36 (IST)08 Mar 2020
More pressure

No boundary from Delissa Kimmince's first over. Deepti Sharma managed to pull one in the gap but could get only a couple of runs. Kimmince falters only once as shes bowls a wide delivery. Poor start for India in the powerplay overs. IND W - 26/3 after 4 overs

Squads:

India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia(w), Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Richa Ghosh

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