INDW vs AUSW, Final, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, 08 March 2020

(20 ov)
(19.1 ov)

Australia Women won by 85 runs

Australia swept to their fifth women's T20 World Cup title in an authoritative manner, humiliating a hapless India by 85 runs in front of a record crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Alyssa Healy's blazing 75 upfront set the tone for Australia's dominance as fellow opener Beth Mooney also starred with an unbeaten 78 to help the defending champions protect their spot at the throne.

Australia plundered a menacing 184 for four in their 20 overs, although at one stage they threatened to breach the 200-run mark.

In reply, India collapsed under the pressure of the big final and could manage a pitiable sum of 99 runs on the board.

The expansive margin of victory once again reinforces Australia's supremacy in the sport, having now won five of the seven T20 World Cups thus far.

Australia's thrashing of India was a stark contrast to their defeat at the hands of their fast-improving rivals in the opening game of the tournament when leg-spinner Poonam Yadav spun a web around the hosts.

"I'm just really proud of this group of players," said Australian skipper Meg Lanning.

"There was a lot of expectation on us, inside and out. Definitely some tough times in there, but we stuck with each other, had each other's backs.

"It's been massive, 86,000 people at the MCG, I've never seen it before and didn't think I'd be part of it in the middle," she added.

Her counterpart, Harmanpreet Kaur tried to focus on the positives from India's T20 World Cup campaign, reiterating the fact that she had faith in her team.

"I still have a lot of faith in my team," said disappointed Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.

"We need to focus, especially in fielding. But I trust this team. It's part of the game, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. You have to keep learning."

After Australia won the toss, Healy showed her intent with a boundary off Deepti Sharma's first ball.

She smacked two more in an eventful opening over which also saw her dropped by Shafali Verma.

Opening partner Mooney also had an early let-off, with Rajeshwari Gayakwad putting down a caught and bowled chance when she was on eight.

India was jittery and an aggressive Healy smashed two big sixes in succession off Gayakwad before bringing up her 12th T20 half-century.


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