Australia lifts World T20 trophy
Updated: Mar 9
The Australian Women's Cricket team produced it's most dominant performance of the T20 Women's World Cup in the decider, thrashing India by 85 runs in front of 86,174 people at the MCG.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat, openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney getting off to a flier as India's bowlers felt the nerves of the occasion.
Healy hit the first ball of the match for four to set the tone, before being dropped at cover by Shafali Verma on nine inside the first over.
The tone had been set as Australia's opening pair added 115 runs in just 11.4 overs, Healy smashing the bowling to all parts on her way to 75 off 39 balls.
She hit seven fours and five sixes before falling to Radha Yadav, but Mooney took over as she carried her bat to compile 78 not out, a composed knock that featured ten boundaries in 54 balls.
Australia's score of 4-184 was the highest ever made in a Women's World T20 Final, on what was a night of records with the crowd the highest for a women's sporting event in Australia.
Megan Schutt struck in the first over when she had young gun Verma caught behind by Healy standing up to the stumps, before India lost wicket keeper-bat Taniya Bhatia to concussion, struck on the helmet while trying to sweep spinner Jess Jonassen.
Jonassen would claim the key wickets of Jemimah Rodrigues (0) and Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur (4), while fellow left arm spinner Sophie Molineux struck with her first ball to dismiss Smriti Mandhana.
At 4-30 still inside the powerplay the game was as good as over, Deepti Sharma defying the bowling for a while to make 33 but the game came to a swift conclusion as the final five wickets fell for eleven runs with India all out in the final over for 99.
Megan Schutt claimed 4-18 for Australia, while Jonassen finished with 3-20 as Meg Lanning's team won the tournament for an unprecedented fifth time on a magical night for women's sport.
Healy was player of the match for her blistering knock, while Mooney took home player of the tournament for her 259 runs at 64.75.
IMAGE: The Telegraph.