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Australia defeat India to win its 5th Girls’s T20 WC

Melbourne: Australia displayed an all-round performance to
defeat India by 85 runs to win its fifth Women’s T20 World Cuptitle on Sunday
here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Before this edition, Australia had won the tournament in
2010, 2012, 2014 and 2018.<br>Chasing 185, India got off to the worst
start possible as  was sent back to the
pavilion by Megan Schutt on the third ball of the innings.

Taniya Bhatia next came out to bat, but she was struck on
the helmet, and she had to walk off the field to undergo a concussion test.

Jemimah Rodrigues (0) also perished in the second over of
the innings, and India was staring down the barrel at 8/2. With all hopes
relying on her, was sent back to the pavilion by Sophie Molineux and hopes of
winning the first 20-over World Cup title looked like a distant dream.

 The final nail in the
coffin for India came in the sixth over of the innings as Harmanpreet (4) was
sent back to the pavilion by Jess Jonassen, reducing the team to 30/4.

 Veda Krishnamurthy
and Deepti Sharma tried to retrieve the innings as the duo put on 28 runs, but
their vigil ended in the 12th over as Krishnamurthy (19) was dismissed by
Delissa Kimmince.<br>Taniya did not come out to bat due to concussion and
Richa Ghosh came in place of her as concussion substitute. In the end,
Australia did not give away many loose balls, and the hosts went away with a
win by 85 runs to win their fifth T20 World Cup title.

Earlier, Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy played knocks of 78
and 75 respectively to take Australia’s score to 184/4 in the allotted twenty
overs.

Opting to bat first, Australia got off to a flier as openers
and  Beth Mooney scored 91 runs in the
first ten overs of the match.

The duo went on to stitch a partnership of 115 runs, and it
saw Healy breaking the record for registering the fastest fifty in the history
of ICC event finals. Healy (75) was finally sent back to the pavilion in the
12th over as she was sent back to the pavilion by.

 Skipper Meg Lanning
then joined Mooney in the middle and both batters did not let momentum slide
for Australia. The duo registered 39 runs together, but in trying to score
boundaries, Lanning (16) and Ashleigh Gardner (0) perished in the 17th over,
reducing Australia to 156/3. In the final two overs, Mooney managed to
register boundaries to take Australia’s score past the 180-run mark in the
allotted twenty overs. For Australia, Mooney and Nicola Carey remained unbeaten
on 78 and 5 respectively.

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