ICC T20 Women’s World Cup 2020 Final Played at MCG on Int'l Women’s Day March 8
Australia Vs India
Australia 184 /4 ( Beth Mooney 78* , Alyssa Healy 75 Poonam Yadav 1/30, Radha Yadav 1/34) beat India 95 All Out in 19.1 overs ( Deepti Sharma 33, Veda Kulkarni 19 , Megan Schutt 4/18 and Jess Johnson 3/20) by 85 runs.
Player of The Match: Alyssa Haely
Player Of The Series : Beth Mooney
Awesome Aussie Girls firing in all cylinders cakewalked over the girls from India. In an absolutely one sided contest at full to brim Melbourne Cricket Ground Yesterday. Girls of Australia earned their 5th Women’s T20 World Cup on the International Women’s day in front of over 86,000 cheering cricket admirers. Winning the toss and batting first flamboyant openers Alyssa Healy (75 in only 39) led the way for a massive Australian score of 184/4 in allotted overs. Her crafty partner Beth Mooney remained unbeaten on 78 scored in 54 deliveries. Indian girls getting mercilessly spanked by Australian batters appeared to loose the composure .Under the evening lights past twilight it is always a huge challenge for teams from South Asia bat at “G”. Aussie girls had spring in their legs they bowled and fielded like jumping Kangaroos. All Indians could manage was scoring 95 all out conceding a huge defeat by 85 runs. Believe it or not this Indian girls beat a bit stronger Australian team (leading All Rounder Alyssa Perry included) in the first match of the tournament). Australins learned their lessons and delivered their plan clinically to perfection. Indians had no clue how to bat and bowl at MCG.
The mission Penta of Aussie girls got almost derailed as they lost two of their star players TaylaVlaeminck before the tournament and top ranked all rounder Alyssa Perry during the course of the tournament. Aussie girls could be scratching their heads if their semi finals at Sydney was rained out without a ball being bowled like it happened in case of English girls only few hours before that match. Fortune favored and Aussie girls could prevail over the girls from South Africa only just by 5 runs in rain curtailed semi final. Much dynamic performance was expected from the reigning champions having so many inform top quality players. But excepting the match against Bangladesh in the group Australian girls did not look like champions. They made a losing start against their final constant India and was almost losing the last match against New Zealand.
But the beauty with Australians in any game that they learn quick and bounce back. Their plan at MCG final was intrinsically safe. Fortune also favored. Mg Lanning won the toss and without any hesitation elected to bat. The two inform batters Alyssa Healey and Beth Mooney started rocking from the very outset. 14 runs in the very first over electrified the audience. Boundaries and over boundaries started raining at MCG. 49 runs were scored in the first 6 overs power play where Haely was the aggressor scoring 30 off those. Indian attack got completely rattled and even fielding looked ragged. The opening pair raced to 115 in 11.4 overs when smooth sailing Healy could be removed caught in the deep by Veda Kulkarni off the bowling of Radha Yadav. Healy (wife of Mitchell Starc) blasted 75 in only 39 deliveries striking 7 fours and 5 towering sixes . Aussie Captain Meg Lanning joined steady Beth Mooney also not lying much behind in strike rates. The momentum was not lost as Lanning and Healy also struck together a smooth sailing 49 in the second wicket partnership. Indian bowlers Deepti Sharma and Poonam could put the brakes at the later stage taking couple of wickets. But that was too little too less. Beth Mooney stayed till the end guiding the team to a massive 184/4. For a women’s tournament for the final at MCG it was huge. We think Indian bowlers did not have their bearings right. They either bowled too full and too short. Using two overs of PonnamYadav at the start could be ideal. If either Healy or Monney could be removed early it could be different story. But the openers did the damage taking the match away and out of reach of India.
While responding India required a good opening stand from their inform openers Shefali Verma and Awriti Mandhna. Shefali struck the first delivery of Schutt for almost a six. But trying to play a cheeky stroke on the third ball she nicked behind. India could not recover from this early shock. Number three batter Tanya got struck on the face and retired. Jemiah Rodrigues got out in the second over for a duck. By the 6th over India was reeling at 4/30 and more importantly their most accomplished batter and captain Hampreet Kaur failed again. India was well and truly thrown out of the match. It was only Deepti Sharma (33) and Veda Krishnamurti (19), who struggled to built castle in the ruins. Their efforts led India going as far as 99 all out. Schutt( 4/18) and Jonassen (3/20 ) did the damage. Australia won huge by 85 runs.
It was a great day for women sports and incidentally coincided with International women’s day. Over 86,000 crowd at MCD (a healthy percentage of them were Indians) enjoyed the match. Australia proved the difference of Australian Cricket with the rest of the world. The girls proved what super athletes Australians are? India did not do their home work right. They possibly did not analyze the trength and weakness of Australian team. They did not have plan B when Aussie openers was spanking their bowling all over the park. They also tried to play too many strokes too early. The Indian girls did not have their strength and skills scoring sixes in huge MCG, Few got caught in the deep while trying to lift the ball. Australians hardly drop catches. Moreover, they had spring in their feet yesterday.
CONGRATS AUSSIE GIRLS > VERY WELL DONE.
BDST: 1256 HRS, MAR 09, 2020