India vs Australia, T20 world cup final, as it happened: Openers, bowlers power Australia to 5th T20 World Cup title as India trounced by 85 runs
India vs Australia Women’s T20 World Cup Final, as it happened: Catch all the highlights from the final between India and Australia from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Updated: Mar 08, 2020, 16:30 IST
India vs Australia, as it happened: The openers set the tone, the bowlers did not relent, India did not arrive and Australia trampled all over them to clinch the match by 85 runs and bag their 5th ICC T20 World Cup. It was a stunning and a very dominating performance from the side and India were never allowed to breathe. Meg Lanning will be a proud leader, she has led the side with aplomb, MCG rises as one as the Australian team have reigned supreme.
Australia have won the toss and they will bat first. Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy rode on dropped chances to smash blistering fifties and power Australia to a challenging 184 for four against India.
T20 women’s world cup FINAL, India vs Australia as it happened:
16:11 hrs: Lanning now receives the trophy from Belinda Clark. Shouts of ‘yaaays’ from the Southern Stars echoes all over. Now, they pose in front of the CHAMPIONS hoarding and CHAMPIONS they are!
16:10 hrs: Meg Lanning speaks - I’m just proud of this group. We have had ups and downs. To put this kind of performance on the biggest day is outstanding. There was a lot of expectations from us. We were hoping to be there. To get here was a significant achievement. We had to change our tactics quickly, had to execute on the big stage. I knew she’s (Schutt) going to perform well. 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.
16:02 hrs: Harmanpreet Kaur speaks - The way we played in the league stages, it was outstanding. It was unfortunate to drop those catches today. Upcoming 1.5 years is important. The future is good for us, we need to trust ourselves. You have to keep learning. The first game was very good, it gave us a lot of confidence. We spent a lot of time together, 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 need to play with more focus. Sometimes, we are not able to give our best. This year we are hoping for some more games in the Women’s T20 Challenge. That tournament is very important. Hopefully, we do get more players.
15:46 hrs: Reactions coming in:
The Indian players collect their respective runners-up medals. They are being cheered by the crowd.
Beth Mooney, Player of the Tournament - I’m a bit lost for words. It’s been an unbelievable tournament. The crowds have been great throughout the tournament. [Playing spin] Didn’t really do anything differently. We had some plans that we didn’t execute in that first game [against India]. I’m just very fortunate and grateful to be given the opportunities I’ve been given by Cricket Australia.
Alyssa Healy - has been adjudged the Player of the Match. It was unbelievable, thank you everyone. You can’t wipe off the smile out of my face, even if we lot the game. It’s the nature of how I play, just needed a little bit of luck. Just went out there and enjoyed my time. Mooney is sensational. She got off strike and let me do my thing. We are having a lot of fun together.
Megan Schutt: I am absolutely overwhelmed, the atmosphere couldn’t have been any better. I was excited and ready to go, been waiting for this since a long time. They came out with so much confidence, the openers. We all are happy to be here and be a part of this event. We just want to enjoy every moment.
Jess Jonassen: Feels absolutely incredible at the moment. How good was that (the Mexican wave). We had a massive 12 months leading to this and we didn’t have the smoothest of the tournaments, but we had our best game today.
Ashleigh Gardner: Having a home crowd was amazing. It’s an honour to play for my country and represent my culture as well. I never thought I’d play in front of 86000 people. It was incredible to see the Mexican wave.
Women’s World T20 champions:
2009: England (vs NZ)
2010: Australia (vs NZ)
2012: Australia (vs Eng)
2014: Australia (vs Eng)
2016: West Indies (vs Aus)
2018: Australia (vs Eng)
2020: Australia (vs Ind)
15:35 hrs: India have been smashed, Australia have tormented them and they have romped home to clinch their 5th T20 World Cup.
15:26 hrs: India have lost their 8th wicket - Richa Ghosh departs, India lose their 8th wicket. Australia are on the cusp of a memorable triumph.
15:21 hrs: Deepti has to walk back - Australia have been on fire all day and they continue to dominate proceedings. Another superb catch on the boundary ropes sends back Deepti Sharma.
15:17 hrs: It is meandering along at the moment - Australia should wrap this up, and India will be massively disappointed with their performance. No one really stood up and made their presence felt.
15:07 hrs: Richa Ghosh has walked out as a concussion substitute for Taniya Bhatia and she is looking good in her brief stay.
15:01 hrs: 5th wicket falls - Veda tried to go over the top, but like the top order and has been taken by Jonassen. Australia have been on fire all day!
14:52 hrs: The asking rate is climbing all the time - Both Veda and Deepti are trying to stabilise this rocking ship but well, the asking rate is climbing all the time. This is getting beyond India’s reach!
14:39 hrs: Harmanpreet’s nightmare ends - This has been a shocking tournament for the skipper and her slog sweep ends the nightmare. India are on the mat, there is no escape, Australia are all over them like a rash.
14:30 hrs: Smriti departs - She wanted to go over the fielder at mid off, there is no timing at all and she has to take the long walk back. India are in tatters and there is no respite.
14:23 hrs: Rodrigues departs - She comes down the track, tries to go downtown, but is caught at mid on. Shocking start for India.
14:21 hrs: Taniya comes in and walks out,she has retired hurt. She went down to sweep, but the ball bounced more and hit her on the grille.
14:13 hrs: Shafali dismissed: Now, this can be a sucker punch. Shafali has edged on to Alyssa Healy and she has to walk back in the very first over. India could not have got off to a worse start.
13:56 hrs: Australia end with 184/4 - This has been a sensational innings, the openers set the tone and India were erratic, they were very indisciplined in the field in the powerplay and both Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy took control and they smashed the bowlers all over the park. This will need some chasing by the Indian team.
13:50 hrs: Mooney is motoring along but Poonam Yadav gets rid of Rachel Haynes. Australia will not care, they will keep going after the bowlers.
13:43 hrs: Gardner is stumped and India get two wickets in one over. Can India pull things back here. Australia are already on course here!
13:39 hrs: Lanning departs - She shuffled across her stumps and tried to lift Deepti over short square leg but finds the fielder on the circle. Lanning departs, but she will not care, Australia are powering ahead.
13: 30 hrs: Mooney is now on the charge - Lanning has the license but Mooney is now on the charge. There is no respite here for India. They need to keep picking up wickets. Australia are looking good to race past 200.
13:19 hrs: The assault comes to an end - Healy comes down the track, she wants to keep going, but for a change, does not get the right timing and is caught at long on. But what an innings it has been, it has put Australia on course. Can India do something after this break?
13:17 hrs: Healy is creaming it - 23 runs off that over, this is stunning hitting and India are absolutely shell-shocked. They have absolutely no answer to this innings.
13:08 hrs: Healy has raced to a 50 - Wow, this has been some innings, she was dropped early and she had ensured India pay dearly for this miss. Healy has absolutely sprinted to her 50 and India are under immense pressure.
13:02 hrs: Healy is taking India to the cleaners - 2 massive sixes in that over and Australia are back on track. Australia are really dominating proceedings here, India need a wicket, they need it right now!
12:58 hrs: Good two overs for India - Rajeshwari and Poonam have given away 7 runs off the last two overs and slowly, India have found something to cling on to. They have pick up a wicket, the openers have given Australia a superb platform.
12:51 hrs: Australia have zoomed ahead - India are not helping themselves there. Already a couple of dropped catches and a couple of misfields. Both Mooney and Healy have taken off and Australia are bossing proceedings here.
12:44 hrs: More spin employed - Rajeshwari into the attack, Harmanpreet needs to exert some control. Mooney, however, is having nothing to do with it, comes down the track and lofts it over covers for another boundary. Australia are racing along.
12:40 hrs: Healy has taken to the Indian bowlers - She has come out flying and the wicket-keeper batsman is absolutely smoking them at the moment. It is a high risk approach, but Australia have flown to 23 after the first 2 overs.
12:35 hrs: 14 runs off that over. Alyssa Healy has come out all guns blazing, 3 boundaries in that over and Shafali also dropped a rather straight forward chance. India seem to be under more pressure!
12:33 hrs: Deepti Sharma takes the ball and the first three balls have all been full tosses. Healy smacked the first one for four. The fourth ball has been guided past short third man and point. 2 boundaries already and Australia are off and running!
12:29 hrs: Healy and Mooney walk out. They have been a terrific opening combination for Australia. India need to strike early and separate this pair. The crowd is roaring!
12:24 hrs: Time for the National Anthems - The G rises as one, this is one huge day for Women’s cricket. Goosebumps all over. What a stage and these teams have earned the right to stand out there and sing their anthems!
12:22 hrs: It is also Harmanpreet’s birthday, we can only guess what can be the best gift for her. And, her parents are also here at the MCG. Who else is pumped up?
12:15 hrs: Fun fielding drill -
12:13 hrs: It is a historic day -
11: 58: Here are the teams -
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt
India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajashwari Gayakwad
11:50 hrs: Australia will bat first.
Meg Lanning: “It looks like a really good wicket. The crowd is amazing. We’re looking forward to it. We’re as ready as we can be today. We’ve gone with the same team tonight (from the semi).”
Harmanpreet Kaur: “We also wanted to bat first but we are quite confident chasing so if our bowlers do a job it will be good for us.”
11:23 hrs: Meet the family - While the Indian women’s team bonded over cricket, gym sessions, music, dance, selfies, and their victories on the field, the parents of some of the team’s key players arrived in Australia to do some bonding of their own. Read the story here.
11:02 hrs: MCG will be packed and Harmanpreet is pumped up - “It’s a great feeling because for the first time we are going to see around 90,000 people in the stadium,” Harmanpreet says. Even as she claims, “we are used to playing in front of a lot of crowd around us,” it is expected to be nothing close to what she has ever seen earlier. But she has the message clear for her teammates, “Everybody knows there is going to be a lot of noise in the stadium and they will keep an eye on each one of us. We just need to enjoy this moment instead of thinking about what can trouble us, because it’s a big moment.
10:59 hrs: India’s road to the final - They have been unbeaten in the tournament so far and hence, when the semi-final match was washed out against England, the side progressed through to the finals. Here is how their journey have been.
10:57 hrs: How will the weather behave? After rain played a defining part in the semi-final clashes, all eyes will also be on the weather. However, as per the weather forecast, we should get on a full days’s play as the forecast is set fair.
10:34 hrs: Australia are the number 1 ranked side in world, India are the in-form team. This final is expected to be a bumper clash. The stage is set and MCG is expected to be packed.