Australia wins fifth women's T20 World Cup title


Mooney top-scored for Australia but it was Healy, who took to the attack after being dropped in the fifth ball of the innings by Shafali Verma off Deepti Sharma.

Australian skipper Meg Lanning said the expectations were huge, especially after the first loss.

Alyssa Healy smashed a quick-fire 75 and Beth Mooney an unbeaten 78 as the defending champions plundered an ominous 184 for four - the highest score ever in a women's T20 final. They lost strike bowler Tayla Vlaeminck to a foot stress fracture before the matches even started and then lost the tournament opener to eventual final foes India. They maintained their winning run through the group stages, and got a free pass to the final after their semi-final encounter against England was washed out.

"I'm really proud of this group of players and staff", Lanning said. I think, at the end of the day, it was a great tournament for us.

However, as far as the final is concerned, it was a one-sided game with Australia dominating the proceedings completely. And as soon as there was 90,000 people expected on the 'G, we were hoping to be there and just to get here, I think was a significant achievement. "It's the next step for the women's game and we'd all love to be involved". "Next time we come to play, we'll definitely be one of the best fielding sides". "Hopefully, in future, we'll give our best and try to win for the country", she said, and added that she hopes it will motivate more girls in the country to take up the sport in the future.

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The match was as good as over when India were 18/3 in the fourth over, which became four for 4/30 when skipper Harmanpreet Kaur departed and 58/5 when Veda Krishnamurthy was taking the long walk back. Opening partner Mooney also had an early let-off, with Rajeshwari Gayakwad putting down a caught and bowled chance when she was on eight. You can not drop the doubt we didn't field well today, but definitely we need to learn from today's performance because, when you're playing a great level of cricket, you can not drop yourself.

Coach Hilton Moreeng says, "What is going to be important is two things - to make sure that we keep our youngsters' on the ground, keep working on them to keep pushing for places within the first eleven, that will make sure that the senior players, they keep performing". It's part of the game, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

"If you see our team is quite young, and young girls are coming and giving 100 percent for the team".

Sir Viv Richards came forward to hail the Indian women's team for showcasing an outstanding performance throughout the tournament despite failing at the final hurdle.