Australia Women’s captain Meg Lanning won a crucial toss and opted to bat first in this penultimate grand finale. Australian opening batswoman Alyssa Healy came out with a pretty aggressive mindset as she started attacking the Indian bowlers from the word go. The other opener Beth Mooney also did not resist for much of time and injected great amount of pressure on Indian team. The Aussie opening duo stitched an explosive partnership of 115 runs in just 11.4 overs to put the Indian team right on the backfoot.
Aussie openers put India on the backfoot
Healy smashed a remarkable knock of 75 runs off just 39 balls that included 7 fours and 5 sixes. Meg Lanning scored just 16 runs, Rachel Haynes and Ashleigh Gardner also failed to contribute much with the bat. However, Beth Mooney remained unbeaten till the end after playing an exciting innings of 78 runs off 54 balls that included 10 fours to help Australia Women finish with a strong total of 184 for 4 in 20 overs. For India, Deepti Sharma picked up two wickets and Radha and Poonam took a wicket each.
In the second innings, India Women got off to a horrendous start as they lost four key wickets early in the first six overs of the powerplay. India lost four big wickets in the form of Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana and captain Harmanpreet Kaur. After the massive top-order collapse, India kept losing wickets in regular intervals.
Australian bowlers dominated the proceedings and rattled India for a paltry total of 99 runs in 19.1 overs. Deepti Sharma was the top-scorer with 33 runs off 35 balls. For Australia Women, Megan Schutt picked four wickets and Jess Jonassen took three vital scalps.
Australia Women: 184/4 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney-78*, Alyssa Healy-75; Deepti Sharma 2/38)
India Women: 99/10 in 19.1 overs (Deepti Sharma-33; Megan Schutt 4/18, Jess Jonassen 3/20)
Result: Australia Women won the match by 85 runs.