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India vs Australia, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, Highlights: As it Happened

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Australia Women vs India Women (T20)

CONCLUDED

AUSW vs INDW Cricket Scorecard (T20)

Final T20, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, 08 March, 2020

Australia Women

184/4

(20.0) RR 9.2

Australia Women Meg Lanning (C)
Australia Women beat India Women by 85 runs
India Women Harmanpreet Kaur (C)

India Women

99/10

(19.1) RR 5.16

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15:37 (IST)

Australia have beaten India by 85 runs to win their first ever T20 World Cup on home soil and their fifth title overall! Complete dominance displayed by the hosts led by Meg Lanning. 

15:36 (IST)

WICKET! Poonam Yadav is caught out in the deep on the legside off Schutt's bowling in the final over. Schutt takes finishes with four wickets as India are bundled out for 99. 

15:31 (IST)

WICKET! Jonassen in her final over and starts off with the wicket of Radha Yadav, who looks to go long but guess who takes another catch - Beth Mooney! 

15:30 (IST)

Five runs and two wickets of Schutt's over which ends with a polite appeal for a stumping from Healy. India are 97/8 and Australia are two wickets away from winning their first home World Cup. 

15:27 (IST)

WICKET! Richa Ghosh picks up a streaky boundary before looking to go downtown and is caught by Carey. Megan Schutt gets her third wicket. India are 96/8. 

15:25 (IST)

WICKET! India have lost another one and are 7 down at the MCG. It's Beth Mooney again with a fantastic catch, running backwards, to dismiss Shikha Pandey and give Schutt her second wicket of the match. 

15:23 (IST)

Shikha Pandey and Richa play out the rest of the over and manage to add four more runs to the total to take the score to 92/6 after 17 overs. Just a matter of time now. 

15:20 (IST)

WICKET! Carey gets a wicket here now! And what a catch in the deep from Beth Mooney, diving forwards at long on to catch flat batted shot from Deepti Sharma. India are 88/6 after 16.1 overs.

15:16 (IST)

Five runs of the 15th over as India look to bat out the full quota of 20 overs at least here at the MCG. India with Richa Ghosh and Deepti Sharma in the middle now. 

15:12 (IST)

Another 9-run over for India with Deepti now finding the boundary too. India delaying the inevitable as the run-rate soaring above 17 runs an over now. India are 67/5. 

15:07 (IST)

Richa launches into the final delivery again looking for another boundary but great fielding in the deep keeps it down to two runs. India take 9 runs from the over and move on to 67/5. 

15:05 (IST)

Four! Richa Ghosh gets off the mark with a boundary, goes inside out over the covers against Molineux and finds the fence. 

15:04 (IST)

Another fantastic over for Australia, who are tightening the screws with regular wickets here at the MCG. The crowd is roaring on in their support as they are putting on an absolute masterclass. India are 58/5. 

15:02 (IST)

WICKET! Veda Krishnamurthy dismissed for 19 as she looks to break the shackles. Caught brilliantly by Jonassen at mid-on to give Kimmince her first scalp of the final. India are 58/5. 

15:01 (IST)

Five runs of Carey's next over as India continue to keep the scoreboard going for now without losing anymore wickets. Lots more to do for Deepti and Veda in the final 9 overs still. 

14:58 (IST)

Concussion Substitute: Richa Ghosh named as substitute for Taniya Bhatia. 

14:56 (IST)

Ten overs to go India need 134 runs. 

14:56 (IST)

Veda launches into Molineux off the final delivery but that yields only a single down the ground as the fielder picks it up just short of the boundary. Five singles takes India over the 50-run mark to 51/4 after 10 overs. 

14:53 (IST)

Seven runs from Kimmince's second over for India as Veda finds the fence. Massive pressure on Deepti and Veda as they are tasked with keeping India in the hunt for as long as possible. India are 46/4 after 9 overs. 

14:51 (IST)

Four! Veda opens the face of the bat and guides it past short third man to the fence. Much needed and India need plenty more of that to make something out of the contest here. 

India vs Australia, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, Highlights: As it Happened

India vs Australia, Latest Updates:WICKET! India have lost another one and are 7 down at the MCG. It's Beth Mooney again with a fantastic catch in the deep to dismiss Shikha Pandey and give Schutt her second wicket of the match.

Australia end with 184 for 4. Eight runs from the final over, bowled by Radha Yadav. A superb effort by Australia this, they've been on top throughout the innings, never giving India a chance to sneak into the game. India will be rueing a couple of dropped chances, which allowed half-centurions Healy and Mooney reprieves early in their innings. India need a strong batting effort to win this.

PREVIEW: It is set-up for a carnival like atmosphere on Women’s Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where India will take on defending champions Australia in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup. History beckons for both sides in one of the most iconic arenas for cricket. Four-time winners Australia, led by Meg Lanning, are in familiar territory while for Harmanpreet Kaur’s India this will be their first ever T20 World Cup final.

Australia, who were beaten by India on the opening day of the tournament by 17 runs, have since shown that they have the ability to produce the goods in high pressure situations and even without their superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry are the overwhelming favourites for Sunday. "It seems like it has sort of fallen into place a little bit, and Sunday is going to be massive," said Lanning ahead of Australia playing their sixth successive final.

"So hopefully there is 90,000 people there. Everything's been done that could possibly be done, and we're just really pumped we get to be out in the middle and play in front of everyone." After beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, they edged out New Zealand before overcoming South Africa in a nerve-shredding and rain-affected semi-final. India, unbeaten so far in the tournament, have had their fair share of good fortune and come into the final with the likes of Shafali Verma and the spinners in fine form, especially Poonam Yadav, who caused havoc against Australia on the first day.

After defeating Australia, India went on to beat Bangladesh, New Zealand and then Sri Lanka before automatically making the final as Group A winners after their semi-final against England was washed out. For the hosts, who are likely to feel the pressure of a first ever home World Cup final, the likes of Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning will be required to hold their nerve against India’s bowlers. With the momentum well and truly on their side after the semi-final, Lanning will hope her side can continue their journey on the upward curve.

Amongst the bowlers, Megan Schutt (nine wickets from five games), who has admitted to being wary of the Indian top order, along with Jess Jonassen will have their task cut out against the fearless youngsters Shafali, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma. Mind you, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur maybe out of touch but the big occasion is likely to bring out the best in them, adding much needed depth and firepower to the batting. For India’s sake, the big hitting duo must live up to their reputations on a stage that’s fitting!

"Rather than thinking about what is going to trouble us, it's only about being there, enjoying the moment and giving our best," said Harmanpreet. "One thing we have to keep in mind, Sunday is a fresh day, a fresh start. We have to start from ball one." "We were hoping we'd get there because everybody's feeling very positive about women's cricket at the moment," she said. Nonetheless, India’s most potent weapon on Sunday will not be their batting strength but the spinners who have made life difficult for the best of the lot.

Poonam, with nine wickets from four games, has been ably supported by Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad, all of whom will need to be on top of their game against a powerful Australian batting unit. Good performances against Australia in T20 World Cups will give the Indian team a lot of confidence but they are dealing with seasoned campaigners, who have been there done that. But there’s many a slip between the cup and the lip and Harmanpreet’s young team has nothing to lose in front of a crowd that is likely to have large sections of Indian fans. It is the organizers’ dream final and all the ingredients for an absolute cliffhanger are in the mix.

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
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RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6877 275
2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
FULL Ranking