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India vs Australia, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, Highlights: As it Happened

Home News India Women vs Australia Women live cricket score and latest Update of ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2020 final match at News18.com that includes ball by ball commentary, latest cricket score and many more. Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 8, 2020, 4:30 PM IST Australia Women vs India Women (T20) HIGHLIGHTS 15:37 (IST)Australia…

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Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 8, 2020, 4:30 PM IST

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Australia have beaten India by 85 runs to win their first ever T20 World Cup on home soil and their fifth title overall! Complete dominance displayed by the hosts led by Meg Lanning. 

  • 15:36 (IST)

    WICKET! Poonam Yadav is caught out in the deep on the legside off Schutt’s bowling in the final over. Schutt takes finishes with four wickets as India are bundled out for 99. 

  • 15:31 (IST)

    WICKET! Jonassen in her final over and starts off with the wicket of Radha Yadav, who looks to go long but guess who takes another catch – Beth Mooney! 

  • 15:27 (IST)

    WICKET! Richa Ghosh picks up a streaky boundary before looking to go downtown and is caught by Carey. Megan Schutt gets her third wicket. India are 96/8. 

  • 15:25 (IST)

    WICKET! India have lost another one and are 7 down at the MCG. It’s Beth Mooney again with a fantastic catch, running backwards, to dismiss Shikha Pandey and give Schutt her second wicket of the match. 

  • 15:20 (IST)

    WICKET! Carey gets a wicket here now! And what a catch in the deep from Beth Mooney, diving forwards at long on to catch flat batted shot from Deepti Sharma. India are 88/6 after 16.1 overs.

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Four! Richa Ghosh gets off the mark with a boundary, goes inside out over the covers against Molineux and finds the fence. 

  • 15:02 (IST)

    WICKET! Veda Krishnamurthy dismissed for 19 as she looks to break the shackles. Caught brilliantly by Jonassen at mid-on to give Kimmince her first scalp of the final. India are 58/5. 

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Concussion Substitute: Richa Ghosh named as substitute for Taniya Bhatia. 

  • 14:51 (IST)

    Four! Veda opens the face of the bat and guides it past short third man to the fence. Much needed and India need plenty more of that to make something out of the contest here. 

  • 14:39 (IST)

    WICKET! Harmanpreet looks to go big again and goes leg side but Gardner in the deep stays calm and takes a good catch inches away from the ropes. Jonassen has her second wicket. India are 30/4.

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Four! Harmanpreet goes up and under over the covers against Jonassen and India find a much needed boundary. 

  • 14:30 (IST)

    Four! Deepti Sharma in now and she’s glanced Molineux around the legs and found the fence. Rare bad delivery from Australia. India in all sorts of trouble. 

  • 14:29 (IST)

    WICKET! And the breakthrough is here for Australia! Molineux presents Mandhana with a chance to take her on but she does not connect with the lofted drive, giving Carey a simple catch at mid-off. India are 18/3. 

15:37 (IST)

Australia have beaten India by 85 runs to win their first ever T20 World Cup on home soil and their fifth title overall! Complete dominance displayed by the hosts led by Meg Lanning. 

15:36 (IST)

WICKET! Poonam Yadav is caught out in the deep on the legside off Schutt’s bowling in the final over. Schutt takes finishes with four wickets as India are bundled out for 99. 

15:31 (IST)

WICKET! Jonassen in her final over and starts off with the wicket of Radha Yadav, who looks to go long but guess who takes another catch – Beth Mooney! 

15:30 (IST)

Five runs and two wickets of Schutt’s over which ends with a polite appeal for a stumping from Healy. India are 97/8 and Australia are two wickets away from winning their first home World Cup. 

15:27 (IST)

WICKET! Richa Ghosh picks up a streaky boundary before looking to go downtown and is caught by Carey. Megan Schutt gets her third wicket. India are 96/8. 

15:25 (IST)

WICKET! India have lost another one and are 7 down at the MCG. It’s Beth Mooney again with a fantastic catch, running backwards, to dismiss Shikha Pandey and give Schutt her second wicket of the match. 

15:23 (IST)

Shikha Pandey and Richa play out the rest of the over and manage to add four more runs to the total to take the score to 92/6 after 17 overs. Just a matter of time now. 

15:20 (IST)

WICKET! Carey gets a wicket here now! And what a catch in the deep from Beth Mooney, diving forwards at long on to catch flat batted shot from Deepti Sharma. India are 88/6 after 16.1 overs.

15:16 (IST)

Five runs of the 15th over as India look to bat out the full quota of 20 overs at least here at the MCG. India with Richa Ghosh and Deepti Sharma in the middle now. 

15:12 (IST)

Another 9-run over for India with Deepti now finding the boundary too. India delaying the inevitable as the run-rate soaring above 17 runs an over now. India are 67/5. 

15:07 (IST)

Richa launches into the final delivery again looking for another boundary but great fielding in the deep keeps it down to two runs. India take 9 runs from the over and move on to 67/5. 

15:05 (IST)

Four! Richa Ghosh gets off the mark with a boundary, goes inside out over the covers against Molineux and finds the fence. 

15:04 (IST)

Another fantastic over for Australia, who are tightening the screws with regular wickets here at the MCG. The crowd is roaring on in their support as they are putting on an absolute masterclass. India are 58/5. 

15:02 (IST)

WICKET! Veda Krishnamurthy dismissed for 19 as she looks to break the shackles. Caught brilliantly by Jonassen at mid-on to give Kimmince her first scalp of the final. India are 58/5. 

15:01 (IST)

Five runs of Carey’s next over as India continue to keep the scoreboard going for now without losing anymore wickets. Lots more to do for Deepti and Veda in the final 9 overs still. 

14:58 (IST)

Concussion Substitute: Richa Ghosh named as substitute for Taniya Bhatia. 

14:56 (IST)

Ten overs to go India need 134 runs. 

14:56 (IST)

Veda launches into Molineux off the final delivery but that yields only a single down the ground as the fielder picks it up just short of the boundary. Five singles takes India over the 50-run mark to 51/4 after 10 overs. 

14:53 (IST)

Seven runs from Kimmince’s second over for India as Veda finds the fence. Massive pressure on Deepti and Veda as they are tasked with keeping India in the hunt for as long as possible. India are 46/4 after 9 overs. 

14:51 (IST)

Four! Veda opens the face of the bat and guides it past short third man to the fence. Much needed and India need plenty more of that to make something out of the contest here. 

14:50 (IST)

Five runs coming off Carey’s first over as India move along to 39/4. Meg Lanning has everything under control here. Deepti and Veda continue to hold out as the required run rate goes over 12. 

14:45 (IST)

Molineux hustles through another over as Deepti and Veda pick up a single each. The required run-rate is over 11 runs an over. India are 34/4 after 7 overs. It’s not looking good for India. 

14:42 (IST)

India are 32/4 after 6 overs and in complete disarray. Australia’s bowlers are all over them and there seems to be no respite. Six runs off the Jonassen over as Deepti and Veda Krishnamurthy look to steady the ship post the powerplay. 

14:39 (IST)

WICKET! Harmanpreet looks to go big again and goes leg side but Gardner in the deep stays calm and takes a good catch inches away from the ropes. Jonassen has her second wicket. India are 30/4.

14:37 (IST)

Four! Harmanpreet goes up and under over the covers against Jonassen and India find a much needed boundary. 

14:36 (IST)

More pressure from Australia as they continue to dry up the runs for India. Just the three runs from the fifth over for India takes the score to 26/3. Harmanpreet and Deepti have their backs against the wall here.

14:33 (IST)

Good over for Australia as India lose the wicket of Smriti Mandhana and are 23/3. Australia’s bowlers have been on the money and the fielding has been brilliant too. 

14:30 (IST)

Four! Deepti Sharma in now and she’s glanced Molineux around the legs and found the fence. Rare bad delivery from Australia. India in all sorts of trouble. 

14:29 (IST)

WICKET! And the breakthrough is here for Australia! Molineux presents Mandhana with a chance to take her on but she does not connect with the lofted drive, giving Carey a simple catch at mid-off. India are 18/3. 

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India vs Australia, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, Highlights: As it Happened

India vs Australia, Latest Updates:WICKET! India have lost another one and are 7 down at the MCG. It’s Beth Mooney again with a fantastic catch in the deep to dismiss Shikha Pandey and give Schutt her second wicket of the match.

Australia end with 184 for 4. Eight runs from the final over, bowled by Radha Yadav. A superb effort by Australia this, they’ve been on top throughout the innings, never giving India a chance to sneak into the game. India will be rueing a couple of dropped chances, which allowed half-centurions Healy and Mooney reprieves early in their innings. India need a strong batting effort to win this.

PREVIEW: It is set-up for a carnival like atmosphere on Women’s Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where India will take on defending champions Australia in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup. History beckons for both sides in one of the most iconic arenas for cricket. Four-time winners Australia, led by Meg Lanning, are in familiar territory while for Harmanpreet Kaur’s India this will be their first ever T20 World Cup final.

Australia, who were beaten by India on the opening day of the tournament by 17 runs, have since shown that they have the ability to produce the goods in high pressure situations and even without their superstar all-rounder Ellyse Perry are the overwhelming favourites for Sunday. “It seems like it has sort of fallen into place a little bit, and Sunday is going to be massive,” said Lanning ahead of Australia playing their sixth successive final.

“So hopefully there is 90,000 people there. Everything’s been done that could possibly be done, and we’re just really pumped we get to be out in the middle and play in front of everyone.” After beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, they edged out New Zealand before overcoming South Africa in a nerve-shredding and rain-affected semi-final. India, unbeaten so far in the tournament, have had their fair share of good fortune and come into the final with the likes of Shafali Verma and the spinners in fine form, especially Poonam Yadav, who caused havoc against Australia on the first day.

After defeating Australia, India went on to beat Bangladesh, New Zealand and then Sri Lanka before automatically making the final as Group A winners after their semi-final against England was washed out. For the hosts, who are likely to feel the pressure of a first ever home World Cup final, the likes of Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning will be required to hold their nerve against India’s bowlers. With the momentum well and truly on their side after the semi-final, Lanning will hope her side can continue their journey on the upward curve.

Amongst the bowlers, Megan Schutt (nine wickets from five games), who has admitted to being wary of the Indian top order, along with Jess Jonassen will have their task cut out against the fearless youngsters Shafali, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma. Mind you, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur maybe out of touch but the big occasion is likely to bring out the best in them, adding much needed depth and firepower to the batting. For India’s sake, the big hitting duo must live up to their reputations on a stage that’s fitting!

“Rather than thinking about what is going to trouble us, it’s only about being there, enjoying the moment and giving our best,” said Harmanpreet. “One thing we have to keep in mind, Sunday is a fresh day, a fresh start. We have to start from ball one.” “We were hoping we’d get there because everybody’s feeling very positive about women’s cricket at the moment,” she said. Nonetheless, India’s most potent weapon on Sunday will not be their batting strength but the spinners who have made life difficult for the best of the lot.

Poonam, with nine wickets from four games, has been ably supported by Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad, all of whom will need to be on top of their game against a powerful Australian batting unit. Good performances against Australia in T20 World Cups will give the Indian team a lot of confidence but they are dealing with seasoned campaigners, who have been there done that. But there’s many a slip between the cup and the lip and Harmanpreet’s young team has nothing to lose in front of a crowd that is likely to have large sections of Indian fans. It is the organizers’ dream final and all the ingredients for an absolute cliffhanger are in the mix.

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PCB to Conduct Virtual Fitness Tests Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Home News Pakistan will conduct fitness tests on players virtually amid the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic IANS |April 9, 2020, 10:46 AM IST Pakistan will conduct fitness tests on players virtually amid the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to…

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PCB to Conduct Virtual Fitness Tests Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Pakistan will conduct fitness tests on players virtually amid the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to conduct tests for its contracted domestic and international players on April 20 and 21, according to ESPNCricinfo.

The contracted players were due to undergo tests on March 23 and 24 but that was called off due to the pandemic. The new tests will be designed so as to monitor how players have been spending their time at home.

ESPNCricinfo reports that Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and trainer Yasir Malik sent out a message earlier this week to the players reminding them of their obligations to remain fit.

The new fitness test requires players to do 60 push-ups, 50 sit-ups and 30 burpees, taking a minute to complete each. It will also need players to do 10 complete chin-ups in one attempt, 25 Bulgarian split squats, 2.5metre standing broad jump, reverse plank for two minutes and pass a level 18 yo-yo test.

“With all the limitations and lack of resources at the moment, we have chalked out this new fitness battery with everyone given an equal opportunity,” the message from Misbah and Malik read.

“We have to make sure that we are giving our hundred percent. You have been informed well before time to make sure you are mentally and physically ready for it. All the tests will be carried out on video link by your team’s trainers.”

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Shoaib Akhtar Proposes India-Pakistan Series to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Fight

PTI |April 9, 2020, 10:44 AM IST Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday proposed a three-match ODI series against arch-rivals India to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in both the countries.The two nations have not played a full-series since 2007 due to the terrorist attacks on India by Pakistan-based outfits…

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Shoaib Akhtar Proposes India-Pakistan Series to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Fight

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday proposed a three-match ODI series against arch-rivals India to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in both the countries.

The two nations have not played a full-series since 2007 due to the terrorist attacks on India by Pakistan-based outfits and the resultant diplomatic tension. They only play each other in ICC events and Asia Cup.

“In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” Akhtar told PTI from Islamabad.

“If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field,” he said.

“You are bound to get massive viewership for the games. For the first time, both countries will play for each other. And whatever funds are generated through this can be donated equally to the government of India and Pakistan to fight this pandemic,” added the 44-year-old.

With both countries in a lockdown amid the fast-spreading pandemic, the games can only be organised when things improve. However, Akhtar feels the sooner they are held, the better it would be but could not tell how the logistics of such an initiative would be worked out.

“Everyone is sitting at home at the moment, so there will be a massive following for the games. May be not now, when things start improving, the games could be organised at a neutral location like Dubai. Chartered flights could be arranged and the matches could be held.

“It could even lead to resumption of bilateral cricketing ties and relations of both countries improve diplomatically. You never know,” said the ‘Rawalpindi Express’.

“The whole world will tune into it, so much money can be raised to deal with this crisis. In difficult times, the character of the nation comes forward.”

In these extraordinary times, Akhtar feels both countries should help each other.

“If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever. But we can only propose the matches. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide).”

India cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were recently trolled for asking their social media followers to donate to Shahid Afridi’s charity foundation which is doing its bit in Pakistan’s fight against the deadly virus.

“It was inhuman to criticise them. It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” he opined.

Akhtar has spent a lot of time in India as a commentator. He fondly recalled his days in Mumbai during the World T20 in 2016, the last time he came to India for work.

“I am forever grateful about the love I have received from the people of India. For the first time I am revealing this, whatever I used to earn from India, I made a significant amount there, thirty percent of it, I used to distribute among the low income staff who used to work with me in the TV,” he remembered.

Akhtar used to visit the city’s slum areas with his face covered to hand out financial help to elder women there.

“From drivers, runners to my security guys. I took care of a lot of people. I was like if am earning from this country, I have to help my colleagues also.

“I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with,” added Akhtar.

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New Zealand Tour Helped Me Grow in Confidence: Sanju Samson

Home News Samson, 25, played two T20Is in New Zealand in the five-match series which India won 5-0, but failed to make an impact with scores of 2 and 8. Cricketnext Staff |April 8, 2020, 4:24 PM IST India wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has not had a lot of chances to stake a claim but he…

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New Zealand Tour Helped Me Grow in Confidence: Sanju Samson

India wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has not had a lot of chances to stake a claim but he is happy with sharing the dressing room with the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma while learning from them.

Samson, 25, played two T20Is in New Zealand in the five-match series which India won 5-0, but failed to make an impact with scores of 2 and 8. He was given a chance against Sri Lanka also in Pune earlier this year but there also he managed just six.

“I looked at the brighter side of things. I got to share the dressing room with legends like Virat bhai and Rohit bhai and there is a lot to learn from them even if we just observe the way they handle themselves on and off the ground. And then to be a part of the world’s best cricket team is not a small thing,” he told The Times of India on his time on the bench.

“The New Zealand tour was one of the best times of my life. Yes, it is true that I could not perform with the bat the way I would have loved to. But I believe the change of style that I have adopted in my batting recently will sometimes lead to failures. I have started to accept that fact and I wait and prepare for my next big successful innings,” he added.

Samson recalled when he was sent to bat in the Super Over alongside skipper Virat Kohli in the 4th T20I, it helped boost his confidence. “In fact, I was sent in to bat in the Super Over again in a tight match (fourth T20I in Wellington), that too with Virat Kohli. So you can make out the trust the Indian team had on me. That moment was a huge achievement in my career,” he said.

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