Defending champions Australia cricket team won its record fifth ICC Women’s T20 World Cup title, outclassing India cricket team by 85 runs in the summit clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which sees total attendance of 86,174 on Sunday.
Opting to bat, Australia rode on blistering half-centuries by openers Alyssa Healy (75) and Beth Mooney (78 not out) to post 184 for four before its bowlers, led by Megan Schutt (4/18) and Jess Jonassen (3/20), put up a disciplined effort to win their fifth title.
Chasing a challenging target, India, featuring in its maiden final of the tournament, couldn’t handle the pressure and were bundled out for 99 in 19.1 overs. India suffered a batting collapse as the top order of teen sensation Shafali Verma (2), Smriti Mandhana (11), Jemimah Rodrigues (0) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (4) departed inside the first six overs.
To add to India’s woes, wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia retired hurt in the second over after getting hit on her helmet of the bowling of left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen. Deepti Sharma (33), Veda Krishnamurthy (19) and concussion substitute Richa Ghosh (14) tried to fight back but the Australian bowlers struck at regular intervals to choke India.
The Player of Tournament in the previous World Cup – Alyssa Healy – has been adjudged the Player of the Match.
Beth Mooney, who has won two Player of the Match awards in Women’s Big Bash League finals, is the 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.
The way we played in the league stages, it was outstanding. It was unfortunate to drop those catches today. I still have a lot of faith in my team… Upcoming one and half years is important. The future is important for us. We need to stay calm and focus on the areas we need to improve, especially the fielding. We know we weren’t able to win the game because of our fielding. We need to keep these things in mind.
The future is great for us. We need to trust ourselves. I trust this team. The first game was very good, it gave us a lot of confidence. We spent a lot of time together (during the 8-day lay-off), 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 just need to think of how we are going to play with more focus in big games, because sometimes, we are not able to give our best in important games. I hope the ming years will give us a lot of glory.
This year we are hoping for some more games in the Women’s T20 Challenge. That tournament is very important for our domestic cricket and we got two players from there. Hopefully, we do get more players so that they can contribute to the team.
I’m just proud of this group of players and staff, we have had ups and downs. To put this kind of performance on the biggest day is outstanding and something that I’m really proud of.
It was tough, especially after we lost that first game as there were a lot of expectations from us. We came in this tournament to win, we were hoping to be here. We struck together as a group. Especially against India we had to change our tactics quickly, had to execute on the big stage. She (Schutt) says things sometimes, I’m not sure about.
I knew she’s going to perform well today as she is the ultimate competitor. I never thought I would play in front of such crowd. 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. It has been an amazing tournament and we love playing in front of this crowd.