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‘Trying to cut World Cup 2003 memories,’ India’s performance in Women’s T20 WC final brings back tragic memories

Hopes are high for the Indian team to bring their first world title back home. However, things haven’t gone to plan for Harmanpreet and Co after a stupendous start by the defending champions.

cricket Updated: Mar 08, 2020, 16:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Delhi
Australian team members celebrate a wicket during the Women's T20 World Cup final cricket match between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne.
Australian team members celebrate a wicket during the Women's T20 World Cup final cricket match between Australia and India at the MCG in Melbourne.(REUTERS)

The Indian women’s cricket team are in battle against defending champions Australia in the final of the T20 World Cup. The Indian eves have been dominant in the competition after winning all their matches (even beating Australia in the group stage) while reaching the final after the semi-final against England was washed out. Hopes are high for the Indian team to bring their first world title back home. However,things didn’t go as planned for Harmanpreet Kaur and Co after a stupendous start by the defending champions.

Alyssa Healy scored 75 runs off 39 balls while Beth Mooney hit a fifty as Australia made a great start to the T20 World Cup final. They eventually managed to score 184/4 in the final to give India a tough target to chase. Australia’s rampant start reminded the Twitter users of the 2003 Men’s World Cup final where India were thrashed by the Aussies.

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Social media was buzzing as posts started pouring in with comparisons between the 2003 and 2020 World Cup finals. Here are some of the reactions:-

 
 
 
 
 

Eventually the fears came true for the fans as India eventually were bowled out for just 99 while Australia won their fifth T20 World Cup title by 85 runs.

16-year-old Shafali Verma on Sunday broke a world record even before the first ball of India vs Australia Women’s T20 World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. At 16 years and 40 days, Shafali Verma became the youngest cricketer to feature in any World Cup final (including men’s cricket).

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The record was previously held by West Indian women’s cricket Shaquana Quintyne when she played the ODI World Cup final in 2013. She was 17 years and 45 days old.

In men’s cricket, the record belongs to Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir. He was 17 years and 69 days old when Pakistan played the T20 World Cup final against Australia in 2009.

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