Australia clinch record fifth World Cup title
Australia have won back-to-back titles and for the fifth time in the women’s T20 World Cup final beating India.
With the help of Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney in batting and with the help of Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen in bowling Australia showed completed dominance in the final of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 on Sunday, March 8. Australia won by 85 runs and claimed their record fifth title in T20 World Cup.
Chasing the target of 185 runs, India were bundled out for just 99 runs in 19.1 overs. Earlier, Australia scored 184 runs for 4 wickets in the destined 20 overs.
In the dream of winning the title for the first time, India were shattered in front of a cannon of Australia bowlers. Except for Deepti Sharma, no one could fight against Aussie women. She took 2 wickets in the ball and scored 33 runs in batting.
Besides, Veda Krishnamurthy (19) and Richa Ghosh (18) tried to fight on the day of the failure of the Indian top order. But no one was able to stand in front of bowling in the fire of Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen.
Schutt took 4 for 18 in 3.1 overs while Jonassen took 3 wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs.
Earlier on Sunday (March 8th), the Aussie team decided to bat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). It didn’t take long for the Australian women to prove that the decision was right.
Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney took the storm early in the batting. Two openers combined to score 115 runs on the scoreboard. Their terrific duo broke in 11.4 overs. Healy was dismissed by Radha Yadav for 75 runs off 39 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes. Australian pacer Mitchell Starc left home series against South Africa to watch his wife’s batting and she didn’t disappoint her husband at all.
Mooney kept pace in Aussie’s run rate despite losing her opening partner. Towards the end of the innings, she brought the team to a mammoth total. Her unbeaten 78-run innings of 54 balls was arranged with 10 fours.
In addition, skipper Meg Lanning (16), Ashley Gardner (2) and Rachael Haynes (4) added runs in the scoreboard. Nicola Carey was unbeaten on 5 runs.
This had been the first time India had played in the final of the women’s T20 World Cup. Australia, on the other hand, is the fifth-time record champion. They won the hat-trick titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In the 2016, the title went to the women of the West Indies. However, it was brought back to Australia in 2018. England became the champions in the first edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2009.
Alyssa Healy was awarded Man of the Match and Beth Mooney had been named Player of the Tournament.