The stage was set, the MCG packed to the rafters on International Women’s Day for the ICC Women’s World T20 finals. Australia playing at home was definitely the pre tournament favourite and India had easily been the team to beat in the tournament thus far.
After winning the toss Australia got off to a flyer courtesy player of the match Alyssa Healy and Player of the Tournament Beth Mooney.
Both the players after being given a reprieve by Indians went on to score half centuries. Healy brought up her 50 in just 30 balls which happens to be the fastest in an ICC tournament final – Men’s and Women’s. Mooney on the other hand played a smart innings and scored 78 off 54 balls.
Once the Aussies set India a target of 185 it was always going to be a tough task and India’s best hope were openers Shefali Verma and Smriti Mandhana. Unfortunately Shefali nicked one to the keeper in the first over itself and after Smriti also departed cheaply it was game,set and match.
In the end Australia who were without their talisman all-rounder Ellyse Perry, proved to be too strong for the women in Blue who got rolled out for just 99.
Here is how Twitter including Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir & Virender Sehwag reacted to the ICC Women’s World T20 Final.
Our girls gave their everything, just had one bad day but it was so wonderful to see the way in which they played barring today .Wishing them better luck next time. Congratulations to Australia on winning the #T20WorldCup
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 8, 2020
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 8, 2020
I know how tough it is to be so close to that World Cup & not win it. But chin up, girls! It’s not about the result, but about the generation you’ve inspired. You had a campaign you can be very proud of!
Also congratulations Australia, a much deserved win.#INDvsAUS #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/5ekr5Y9yvS
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 8, 2020
Harleen Deol consoling Shafali Verma and the giving her a big hug – quite a moment that. India have another World Cup to look forward to in less than a year’s time. The 50-over World Cup in New Zealand. Time to take this momentum forward.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) March 8, 2020
Instead of being overawed by the expectation of a home World Cup final at a packed MCG, Australia have thrived on it. Healy calmed the nerves early. India looked intimidated unfortunately. They will learn from it one hopes.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) March 8, 2020
— Sunil (@1sInto2s) March 8, 2020
The pressure of coming good in the finals was a bit too much fr Indn girls..@MCG is a cruel venue fr first timers-but all said & done OZ outplayed Indns frm the moment they won the toss..& then they went about their job most confidently & serenely-Indns struggled 2 stay n game!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) March 8, 2020
So proud of how Melbourne showcases sporting events. @mcg looked a picture. Katy Perry was awesome. And both Teams will never forget such a big day for International Women’s cricket!
Congrats to all involved. Women’s cricket has arrived now. https://t.co/YTDUoj5a4m
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) March 8, 2020
— Shai Hope (@shaidhope) March 8, 2020
No matter what we are still proud of you . Remember this was our first defeat in the tournament. So many great memories of the tournament. Lessons learnt and hopefully next time we will be champion. #AUSvIND #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/jxtCIvNxqc
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 8, 2020
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) March 8, 2020
Shafali – 16 years.
Mandhana – 23 years.
Jemimah – 19 years.
Deepti – 22 years.
Richa – 16 years.
Radha – 19 years.
India Women is the youngest team in the #T20WorldCup and still made into the final. The future is bright.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 8, 2020
Women’s #T20WorldCup winners:
2009 – 🏴
2010 – 🇦🇺
2012 – 🇦🇺
2014 – 🇦🇺
2016 – 🌴
2018 – 🇦🇺
2020 – 🇦🇺
On another level. pic.twitter.com/CNQ5zvJCxG
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) March 8, 2020