The 2022 Cricket World Cup ended with Australia lifting their seventh title. From the days when there wasn't any coverage for women's cricket till today, the game has moved miles and it took giants strides during the mega-event in New Zealand. Before we move to the big thing in cricket, here are some of the moments and pictures which would be remembered for more than one reason.
The tournament started with a cracker of a game when Deandra Dottin snatched the ball to deliver the last over when her side was defending only six runs. She got two wickets and a run-out which gave West Indies a thrilling win. There was no stopping Deandra.
Having played international cricket for over a decade and half, Suzie Bates finally got a chance to play at her homeground. She scored 79 runs and was awarded the Player of the Match.
Bismah Maroof celebrated her first fifty since her comeback by gesturing to her daughter in the pavilion. It was only fitting that it happened on International Women’s Day.
Catch her if you can! Anisa Mohammed takes off after taking the final England wicket and helping her side win the match by just seven runs. The two points eventually helped West Indies qualify for the semi-finals.
With ten runs needed off the last over, Pakistan had their hopes pinned on Diana Baig, who was striking it well. But, Shabnim Ismail’s running catch under pressure ensured that South Africa pulled off a thriller in the last over.
After being awarded with the ‘Player of the Match’, centurion Smriti Mandhana invited Harmanpreet Kaur, the other centurion to share the award with her.
Bangladesh had an impressive campaign for a side which was playing their first World Cup. All the semi-finalists were under pressure at one point or more during their league matches against them. They even were in the game against India and New Zealand, for a good part of the first innings. Despite that, their highest point will remain their thrilling win against Pakistan, when they made the opposition collapse from a position of strength and wrote a new chapter in the country’s cricket history books.
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With 11 runs needed to win, Marizanne Kapp was dismissed leaving Trisha Chetty and Shabnim Ismail to get the side home. Under pressure, the pair took South Africa to a win, rejigging memories from the close finish five years back in the World Cup semi-final, a game which South Africa had lost.
South Africa made a habit of closing out last over finishes right through the tournament. Here’s Marizanne Kapp soaking it in after having successfully carried her side to a win against the hosts, New Zealand.
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Bangladesh managed to keep West Indies to 140 in their 50 overs. They were going well in the run chase until all hell broke loose. It came right down to the last over, where captain Stafanie Taylor bowled West Indies to a four-run win, keeping their semi-final hopes alive. Nahida Akter shouts in agony, while Taylor heaves a sigh of relief.
Eden Park in Auckland is one of the most iconic grounds in the world of cricket. It hosted only two matches during the tournament, both of which went right down to the wire. However, before the two games, there was a special photoshoot.
With 28 runs to win, England had six wickets and two well-set batters in the middle. With 17 runs to go, they still had five wickets. However, New Zealand brought themselves back in the game with a collapse. A loss for either side would have resulted in elimination. England still needed eight runs when the ninth wicket fell. Anya Shrubsole took them home with seven of those runs and ensured that their semi-final spot was in no danger. Meanwhile, the hosts were knocked out.
The joy of finally winning a World Cup match. The Pakistan team had lost 18 consecutive matches at the event, a streak which dated back to 2009. The record ended with their win over the West Indies, in a rain-reduced game in Hamilton.
The players of the 2000 World Cup-winning New Zealand side were commemorated during New Zealand’s last league game in Christchurch. The team fought through the struggles of an amateur system and traveled to the glory land. They remain the only team to ever win an ODI World Cup other than Australia and England.
DRAMA! The last league match saw a lot of drama in the final moments. With India’s semi-final hopes dependent on a win, South Africa brought the equation down to three runs from two balls. Mignon du Preez smashed a ball straight down long-on's throat. As Indian players celebrated, it was revealed to be a no-ball bowled by Deepti Sharma. Du Preez carried her side home as Sharma and the Indian players had a disappointing end to their campaign.
Sophie Ecclestone smashed Shabnim Ismail for three boundaries in a row in the last over of the England innings. Ismail was not having it as she smashed Ecclestone’s stumps with a yorker and then gave her a send-off. Later in the day, Ecclestone got Ismail and gave her a cheeky smile before the two embraced for a hug.
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Chasing a total of 357 in the final, England didn’t ever look like chasing the total. If there was a glimmer of hope in the English camp and a bit of worry in the Australian one, it was because of an unbeaten knock of 148 from Natalie Sciver. She ran out of partners in the middle as England went down. Here’s her partner and teammate Katherine Brunt giving a ‘I’m so proud of you’ look to her in consolation.
Australia’s journey to reclaiming the World Cup started right after they lost the semi-final of the 2017 edition. Almost five years later, the Australian team went on an unbeaten run during the tournament and secured their seventh title. Since that semi-final, Australia have won 40 matches and lost only two.