Golden girls create golden history

AUSTRALIA have created history, defeating India by nine runs to claim the inaugural women’s cricket Commonwealth Games gold medal.

In what was a repeat matchup of the World Cup final from two years ago, not even Covid controversy pre-match could stop the Aussies from putting in a stellar team performance to claim the gold.

In a rare occurrence, Australian skipper Meg Lanning actually won the toss and as such decided to have a bat first.

Despite losing Alyssa Healy early, that did not mater as Lanning and Beth Mooney got to work and put on a 74 run partnership to really steer the Aussies back on track.

Although the Australians lost the most amount of wickets they have ever lost in an innings this tournament, they still kept piling on the runs and also made one of their biggest scores of the games.

The Aussies ultimately finished on 8/161 off their 20 overs, and had put themselves in a great position to take the title.

Mooney was the star of the innings, finishing with a very impressive 61, while Lanning made a very handy 36.

For the Indians it was Renuka Singh Thakur and Sneh Rana who were the pick of the bowlers, with the pair picking up two wickets each.

Although India lost both openers cheaply inside the first three overs, Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur put together a 96-run partnership to steer the Indian ship back on course.

However, once Rodrigues and later Kaur got dismissed, things really started to fall apart for the Indians.

But, they were still in with a chance even up until the last over.

They needed 11 off the last over to win, but thanks to some stellar bowling from Jess Jonassen and some excellent fielding from the Australians, they Indians were ultimately unable to reach their target.

Starting with Rodrigues’ dismissal, the Indians lost 8/34 to be all out for 152.

Kaur was the star with the bat with 65, but despite her best efforts and Rodrigues’ 33, it was not enough as the Indians fell short of their second T20 title in a row to the rampaging Aussies.

Ashleigh Gardner was great with the ball for the Aussies, nabbing three wickets, while Megan Schutt picked up two.

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