Women’s T20 WC: Australia beats India, clinches title for 5th time
Four-time champions Australia defeated India and won their fifth Women's Twenty20 World Cup with an 85-run victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. India got bowled out for 99 runs in the final over, well short of Australia's first innings 184 for four.
Despite the unbeaten run in the tournament’s group stages, India failed to perform as a group and floundered under pressure with fielders routinely let balls slip away. India missed two vital catches in the first four overs. However, Poonam Yadav’s googlies were the only saviours of the game.
India's batting line was non-performers too. Chasing a huge total of 185, India got off to a poor start. Shafali Verma suffered a rare failure and her early dismissal almost ended the chase. On the other hand, even the seniors in the team failed to deliver. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored a total of 30 runs.
On the other hand, Australia's big gun fired with the bat. Openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney posted a massive total on the board. Alyssa Healy played an aggressive inning with 75 off 39 balls, while Beth Mooney scored the highest and remained unbeaten with 78 runs off 54 balls to an intimidating 184/4 balls.