Australia, on Sunday, asserted their dominance in world cricket by winning the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for a record-extending time. In a lopsided contest, the hosts thrashed India by 85 runs to defend their title in front of a record crowd at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. The win was Australia’s fifth Women’s T20 World Cup title.
Batting first, Australia posted a massive total of 184 for 4 in the allotted 20 overs. Their openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney starred with the bat by scoring impressive fifty. Healy took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners and blasted 75 off just 39 balls to set up the platform for a big total. On the other hand, Mooney played the role of second fiddle early on before switching gears and remained unbeaten on 78.
In reply, India failed to cope up with the pressure and crumbled spectacularly. They started losing wickets right from the first over and kept losing them at regular intervals to be all out for a paltry 99. Deepti Sharma top-scored for India with 33.
All celebrated but one!
After the monumental win, Australian cricketers celebrated by dancing on stage with pop megastar Katy Perry … except for one. The missing star was none other than their vice-captain Rachael Haynes. She became the victim of awful timing after the final as she was stuck in a drug test while her teammates hit the stage with Perry in front of a massive crowd.
“It was amazing – unfortunately, I saw the photos of it, because I was getting a drug test done at the time,” Haynes was quoted as saying by Nine. “I missed it, but the girls said it was awesome.”
“I am absolutely spewing about that. The rest of my teammates got up on stage … I saw the photos and the doctor came in and said, ‘How good was it getting up and stage?’ and I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I think the girls had a great time and it was awesome that she (Perry) allowed them to go up,” she added.
Well, while Haynes missed out on getting on the stage with Perry, there is no denying that the occasion was as big as it could get. The final at the MCG was played in front of 86,174 fans at the MCG, making it the most attended women’s sports event in Australia as well as women cricket’s history.
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