Australia 70/0 in 8 overs.
Alyssa Healy has teed off against India at the MCG. She tonked Rajeshwari Gayakwad for two successive hits. She first chose to go over deep mid-wicket before tonking one mass
Australia 54/0 in 7 overs.
Two quiet overs. First, Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowled a two-run over in the last over of the power play before Poonam Yadav gave just five in her first.
Australia 47/0 in 5 overs.
India aren't switched on and Australia are capitalising on that. Beth Mooney is entertaining the crowd at the MCG with some delectable strokes and a slice of luck. First, Poonam Yadav dived over one at short third man, before creaming one through covers. That was gorgeous.
Australia 37/0 in 4 overs.
Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney have got off to a flying start, but they have been aided by the Indian fielding. Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the latest culprit, putting down Mooney off her own bowling. That after the southpaw hit one inside-out over covers for a four earlier in the over.
Australia 23/0 in 2 overs.
Alyssa Healy seems to be in her zone. On the first ball she faced from Shikha Pandey, she hit her over mid-off. That helped her cross 2000 T20I runs, only the second Aussie to do so. Then again, she cleared covers with ease for yet another boundary. Indians under pressure already...
2⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ RUNS!!— Women's CricZone (@WomensCricZone) March 8, 2020
2000 T20 international runs for Alyssa Healy and she gets to it with a boundary. 2nd Australian and 11th overall to do so.https://t.co/7o09Y85kCC | #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/r2vUmZSR8X
Australia 14/0 in 1 overs.
The pressure of a final - it's getting to India. Deepti Sharma couldn't land the ball and conceded a four off the very first ball. Then when she did land it outside off, Alyssa Healy treaded the gap between backward point and short third man.
But Sharma almost had her moment. Healy danced down and hit one straight to Shafai Verma at covers, only for her to botch the chance. And on the last ball, Healy rubbed salt on her wounds by driving one through covers for another four.
It's done. The opening show, the toss, the build-up, the match-ups, the talk... Everything's done. The national anthems are also over, goosebumps moment in a game of a magnitude as big as this. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney stride out to the centre, Deepti Sharma to roll her arm over...
Oh yes, it's India's captain Harmanpreet Kaur's birthday. What a day it is - International Women's Day, the final of the T20 World Cup. She becomes the first player across genders to lead a side in a title-clash on her/his birthday. Imagine her joy and another billion people's joy if India manages to lift the trophy...
✅First captain to lead India into @T20WorldCup final— Women's CricZone (@WomensCricZone) March 8, 2020
✅First-ever player - across genders - to lead a side in the final on birthday
✅Only Indian to hit a T20I ton
✅First Indian - across genders - to play 100 T20Is
Happy 3⃣1⃣st birthday to @ImHarmanpreet.#HappyBirthday pic.twitter.com/5NTkqhvCYa
India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt
Alyssa Healy: "I am actually emotional, seeing people, this is so much more than just about cricket. To celebrate International Women's Day is special. Both sides are suited to the wicket. It's time for our batting group to step up. I am excited to do well. Our bowlers are doing a good job. I am not going to change my approach, just go about it in a normal way and set the tone for middle and lower order batters."
Ian Bishop and Nasser Hussain talk about the conditions and the track: "There's nice wind blowing. It's a mountain of people, can be very intimidating. The boundaries aren't as big about 60-61 metres. Straight hitters, horizontal bat shots can have good effect. Very rock hard pitch, not surprised by Australia's decision to bat first. It's a well-rolled track, brown in colour. Not sure about the turn spinners will get. I wonder if Poonam Yadav will have the same effect."
Looks like a good surface and the ball will come on to the bat nicely.
Australia have won the toss and will bat first.
Meg Lanning: Looks like a very good wicket, the crowds good. Every game has been close, it's been cut-throat. Hopefully it's a good game. We go in with the same team.
Harmanpreet Kaur: My mum's sitting somewhere in the crowd. I know it's a pressure game, we would have liked to bat first. But we're confident of restricting them to a gettable total. We played some indoor games because we didn't get game-time. We spent a lot of time together and are looking positive. This is a big game and we're trying to take it like just another match.
I am S. Sudarshanan and shall keep you company throughout the game. Though there is time for the action to get underway, we have things for you to munch. Firstly, irrespective of of whether you are a numbers fan or not, here's the statistical preview by John Leather, where he looks at this clash from the prism of numbers. The on-field match-ups have been covered here by Snehal Pradhan, while Ananya Upendran did try to help out Australia by suggesting some ways by which they could stop a rampaging India. Have they seen it already?
The organisers are aiming for a record crowd of over 90,000 and they haven't left any stone unturned for the same. Whether we get that many remains to be seen. We'll get you the toss and team updates.
Hello and a warm welcome to our coverage of the T20 World Cup final, from wherever you are joining from. Firstly, wishing you all a very happy international women's day. It's a day that won't come often in history. March 8, World Cup final, a possible record crowd, a captain's birthday... Wow!
It's India's maiden final in T20 World Cup history, while Australia have been in this position six times in seven editions. Some thing that. These two teams have seen quite a bit of each other in the last few weeks - they played thrice in the tri-series before playing the opening game of this tournament - the number is more if you include the 'A' tour before.
Rampant Australia cruise to their fifth T20 World Cup titleAustralia became the champions after thrashing India by 85 runs in the final of the T20 World Cup 2020 on Sunday (March 8) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This was Australia’s fifth title after clinching it in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2018 editions of the tournament. This victory was even more special for Australia as it came without their star player Ellyse Perry and Tayla Vlaeminck, both of whom missed out due to injuries. This emphatic victory was Meg Lanning’s third as a skipper and she becomes just the third captain after Lyn Larsen and Michael Clarke to win a…
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