Women's T20 World Cup: Australia Beat India By 85 Runs To Clinch 5th Title
Australia outplayed India in a one-sided final to clinch a record-extending fifth T20 World Cup title at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney got their side off to an explosive start as they added 49 runs in the powerplay. (All images courtesy: AFP)
Alyssa Healy blasted 79 runs off just 39 balls, with the help of seven fours and five sixes.
Beth Mooney batted deep after the departure of Alyssa Healy and completed her half-century. She scored 78 not out off 54 balls as Australia posted a mammoth 184/4 in 20 overs.
Chasing a huge total, India got off to a poor start as they lost Shafali Verma, their top run-scorer in the tournament, on the third ball of the innings.
Things became worse for India as they lost a total of four wickets, inlcuding skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, inside the powerplay which pushed them further back in the run chase.
Megan Schutt was Australia's most successful bowler on the day as she returned with figures of 4/18 in 3.1 overs.
Jess Jonassen also bowled brilliantly and picked up three wickets, including the prized scalp of Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.
Australia's all-round show helped them beat first-time finalist India by 85 runs in the summit clash to clinch their fifth T20 World Cup title.