Australia win gold at Commonwealth Games

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Australia are champions of the T20 World Cup, 50 World Cup and Commonwealth Games, having also won the Women’s Ashes earlier this year

Edgbaston: Australia 161-8, India 152 – Australia win by nine points

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Australia won gold at the Commonwealth Games, beating India, just like when the teams last met in a T20 World Final at the T20 World Cup two years ago, reaffirming their status as the most dominant team in the world.

Beth Mooney had the top score with 61 for Meg Lanning’s side, who fielded Tahlia McGrath despite Versatile testing positive for Covid while preparing for Edgbaston.

McGrath was pictured sitting in the stands wearing a mask waiting to beat and did not appear for the pre-match anthems after it emerged she had shown mild symptoms but had been cleared to play before the final, a situation which led to a 10-minute delay before the draw.

When she came out at bat at No. 4 – without a mask – she hit two out of four before being caught by a cut attempt on Deepti Sharma. It was the third wicket to fall after Lanning had won the coin toss and opted to bat, looking to add another title to the package compiled by his conquering charges.

They lost Alyssa Healy early – a rare failure in a final for the ultimate big game player – trapped in front by Renuka Singh and re-examined, before Mooney and Lanning added 74 for the second wicket in just a short time. less than eight overs.

That position was broken in somewhat remarkable circumstances, with Radha Yadav somehow sending the ball between her legs and over the stumps with Lanning left blocked as she backed up. It was one of many incidents in a thrilling game: Yastika Bhatia replaced Taniya Bhatia as a substitute after suffering a concussion after the Indian wicket-keeper took a knock on the helmet as he stood against the strains.

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Australia are champions of the T20 World Cup, 50 World Cup and Commonwealth Games (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Ashleigh Gardner provided a major boost for Australia, coming out of the mark with one limit after McGrath fell to a lower cost, while Grace Harris also made just two. Rachael Haynes eventually came through the middle at No.7, adding an unbeaten 18 from just 10 balls as the World Cup winners went 161 for 8 in their 20 overs.

In response, India looked to have established themselves in a dominant position as Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur put in 96 for the third wicket despite losses to Shafali Verma and semi-final hero Smriti Mandhana.

But after Rodrigues was beaten by Megan Schutt for a run-a-ball 33, the pressure of the chase set in: Pooja Vastrakar and Kaur fell to Gardner on successive deliveries, before Sneh Rana and Yadav were exhausted – by Darcie Brown and Harris – within four balls of each other.

Yadav’s dismissal was the first of four wickets to fall in the last eight balls of the match – ending with Jess Jonassen’s successful appeal against Yastika – sparking more celebrations for a side used to winning.


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