Australia has once again triumphed on the biggest stage, winning the first-ever T20 gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with an exciting nine-run victory over India in a game that will go down in history as a classic.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur had the potential to give Australia nightmares once more. She smashed a 43-ball 65 to give her team a strong chance of reaching their aim of 162 and winning their first championship at a significant women’s tournament.
Australia maintained their composure with the bat and the ball as India lost 8-34 to be bowled out for 152 in the last over.
As soon as the game started, Beth Mooney took the lead with the bat, guiding Australia’s innings with a 41-ball 61. To get more exciting India v Australia cricket news, stay tuned!
Head-to-Head Women’s T20 Cricket Competition
India needed 11 runs off the final over with two wickets in hand. However, veteran spinner Jess Jonassen threw a dot, and a last-ditch effort to run two to keep Yastika Bhatia on strike resulted in a run-out.
The following ball saw Jonassen put Bhatia out by lbw, capping a historic victory for Australia. With the addition of the Games gold to their already-existing ODI and T20 World Cup victories, Australia now holds significant trophies.
Beth Mooney took the lead with the bat as soon as the match started, guiding Australia’s innings with a 41-ball 61.
India’s excellent death bowling and nearly flawless fielding performance held the potent Australia batting lineup in check, limiting them to 8-161.
Australia took two significant early wickets to put pressure on India, slowing down India’s run chase. Even though Smriti Mandhana (#6) had been the standout in India’s victory in the semi-final two days earlier, her use of the bat in the championship match was limited as she was dismissed by Darcie Brown in the first over of the chase.
Bringing Out the Best!
Ever the player for the big moment, India team captain Kaur stepped up to the challenge once more for her team, teaming No. 3 Jemimah Rodrigues in a 96-run partnership that restrained the run pace.
In a performance that brought back memories of her efforts in the 2017 World Cup semi-final, Kaur scored fifty from just 34 balls, smashing the Australian attack for two sixes and seven fours.
When India needed 44 runs from 33 balls, Rodrigues hit three boundaries in her own run-a-ball 33 before being bowled by Schutt.
Then, Mooney beautifully caught the perilous Pooja Vastrakar (1) on the boundary, and Ashleigh Gardner was on a hat-trick as a diving Alyssa Healy held onto a catch to finally put an end to Kaur’s onslaught on ball 65.
Glimpse of the Participated Champions
- Alyssa Healy (wk)
- Beth Mooney
- Meg Lanning (C )
- Tahlia McGrath
- Rachael Haynes
- Ashleigh Gardner
- Jessica Jonassen
- Alana King
- Megan Schutt
- Darcie Brown
- Smriti Mandhana
- Shafali Verma
- Jemimah Rodrigues
- Harmanpreet Kaur (c )
- Taniya Bhatia (wk)
- Deepti Sharma
- Pooja Vastrakar
- Radha Yadav
- Sneh Rana
- Meghna Singh
- Renuka Singh
Looks All Geared Up for the Final
Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana took 13 off an Alana King over to stay in the game despite losing 3-3 and 41 runs behind the winning score.
After Rana was out on eight in the 18th over, Sharma’s bat produced a thick edge that hit the boundary.
As a result of a Grace Harris direct hit, Radha Yadav was run out, before Schutt trapped Sharma (13) on the pads to leave India 8-149 and needing 13 runs from 9 deliveries.
Bhatia, who generally bats in the top order for India when selected, was brought into the game as a concussion replacement for ‘keeper Taniya Bhatia, who had earlier suffered a blow behind the stumps. Bhatia stepped out to bat at No. 9.
Healy’s lackluster performance earlier in the competition continued when she was out lbw to Renuka Singh Thakur for seven; the umpire had signaled not out, but India’s choice to review was sound.
Meg Lanning teamed up with Mooney to lead Australia’s best powerplay of the tournament, knocking a six into the ground to make her objectives. However, her 26-ball innings abruptly ended on 36 when she was run out at the non-striker’s end, all thanks to the spinner Radha Yadav’s deft deflection. India’s quickness in the field eliminated three more of Australia’s top batters, which had previously been bemoaned as an aspect of their game that was frequently lacking in crucial situations.
After defeating England earlier on Sunday in the third-place playoff, Australia won the gold medal, India the silver, and New Zealand the bronze. To get latest cricket news or updates stay tuned!