‘A victory for every girl who dared to defy odds’: India finish second-best in WT20 World Cup
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Updated: March 8, 2020 7:29:23 pm

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India saved their worst for the final as Australia overpowered them by 85 runs for an unprecedented fifth T20 World Cup triumph in Melbourne on Sunday.

Alyssa Healy (75 off 39 balls) and Beth Mooney (78 off 54 balls) propelled Australia to 184/4 in 20 overs after they selected to bat first successful the toss. Overwhelmed by the event, India crumbled to 99 all out in entrance of a turnout of 86,174 on the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, a file in girls’s cricket historical past.

The crowd determine of 86,174 fell wanting the 90,185 followers who attended the FIFA Women’s World Cup remaining between the United States and China in Pasadena, California in 1999. But the followers nonetheless managed to assist create a nationwide file on a historic event in Melbourne as girls’s cricket took one other leap ahead.

India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur, on her 31st birthday, mentioned her aspect’s poor catching show had been “unfortunate”. Australia’s skipper Meg Lanning mentioned there had been a “lot of expectation on us”. “It was tough, definitely, especially after we lost that first game (to India),” Lanning mentioned. “This day is certainly the best of my career so far.”

Both captains mentioned they hoped to see a girls’s home Twenty20 match established in India, related to the high-profile males’s Indian Premier League.

“If there was an IPL to happen, that would be great,” Lanning mentioned. “It’s the next step for the women’s game and we’d all love to be involved.”

(with AP inputs)

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