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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final preview: MCG awaits the world

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 7 March 2020: After two years of waiting, the most anticipated day in the history of women’s cricket has arrived. ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches in Australia have been to four cities, met ten teams and watched exhilarating matches aplenty as the tournament lived up to its billing as the most entertaining and competitive yet.

Now two weeks later, we are left with the two sides who will battle it out for the title of Women’s T20 world champions at the MCG – Australia and India.

India progressed as the top-ranked team in Group A following a semi-final washout and their unbeaten run in this year’s tournament makes the finale tough to call.

Australia edged out South Africa in a tight semi-final but when it comes to history in the T20 experience, the two battling it out couldn’t be further apart.

For the hosts, it will be their sixth successive appearance in the T20 World Cup Final, having made the showpiece in every edition since 2010.

And this time, they’re bidding for a record-extending fifth T20 World Cup title.

As for India, they have never previously made it to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, looking to become just the fourth side – after Australia, England and West Indies – to be T20 world champions.

The teams may take center stage but the captains will certainly be under the spotlight, with Meg Lanning and Harmanpreet Kaur both standing on the brink of history.

Kaur will be the first woman to captain India in a T20 World Cup Final, while Lanning could become the third Australian to lift a global trophy on home soil after Lyn Larsen and Michael Clarke.

The hosts will go in as favorites, but with India having stunned them on the opening night in Sydney, we could be in for the most electric Final yet.

The match sees the return of familiar faces, with the likes of Lanning, Kaur, Alyssa Healy and Smriti Mandhana all regulars on the global circuit.

But it also presents fans with the chances to witness cricket’s newest stars with India’s teenagers Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues likely to be at center stage.

Verma has lit up the tournament with her performances at the top of the order, having already hit 161 runs in her four innings.

Australia’s batters have also caught the eye, with Beth Mooney and Healy scoring 341 runs between them at the top of the order.

The two leading wicket-takers in the tournament will also be in a show with Megan Schutt and Poonam Yadav both having nine to their name.

But no matter who is celebrating on Sunday, history beckons in more ways than one.

The Final presents an opportunity to set a new record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture, bidding to beat the 90,185 set at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final in the USA.

Fans are expected to flock across the river in numbers with pre-match activities kicking off in the MCG Fan Zone from as early as 11h00, while the stadium gates will open at 15h30.

Throw in two live performances from Katy Perry and the 75,000+ who have tickets to their name will tell you one thing: this is an occasion not to be missed.

Source: ICC Media Zone

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Verma’s scintillating start steers India to second win

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Shefali Verma’s early sixes and Poonam Yadav’s latest starring role helped India secure an 18-run ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 victory over Bangladesh in Perth.

- Shafali Verma hit a 17-ball 39, including four sixes, in the Powerplay to put India en route to a second successive win
- Nigar Sultana Joty top scored with the bat for Bangladesh (35) in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup opener at the WACA
- Opening night star Poonam Yadav impressed again with three wickets for 18 in Perth

Verma smashed a 17-ball 39, including four sixes, in the Powerplay to steer India to the highest total of the competition so far with 142 for six.

Two wickets apiece for Salma Khatun and Panna Ghosh were not enough to halt momentum, nor 35 runs from top-scorer Nigar Sultana Joty as Bangladesh fell short of an upset at the WACA.

Yadav, the hero in India’s opening-night victory with four wickets against Australia, once again impressed to take her total to the tournament to seven after just two matches.

India lost Tanya Bhatia early but 16-year-old Verma once again showed her star potential by hitting two fours and four sixes in her first 15 balls to steer her country to the highest Powerplay score of the tournament so far at 54 for two.

Verma’s stint was however short-lived, Shamima Sultana juggling a catch off captain Khatun to halt the teenager’s impressive knock at 39.

Bangladesh’s third wicket was a big one as captain Harmanpreet Kaur was dismissed for eight, Rumana Ahmed with the catch at backward point for Panna’s second scalp.

Jemimah Rodrigues posted a steadying 34 off 37 before being run out by Nahida Akter as Bangladesh slowed the rate.

Deepti Sharma and Richa Ghosh put on 19 for the fifth wicket before the latter was caught at the boundary by Nahida for 14 as captain Salma doubled her tally.

Sharma was the next to depart, run-out after a mix-up in the middle with Veda Krishnamurthy (20), who swept four boundaries in her late cameo to take India to an impressive 142 in the absence of Smriti Mandhana.

In contrast, Bangladesh’s start was slow and Shamima was the first to perish when caught at extra cover off Shikha Pandey.

Murshida Khatun’s 30 off 26 got the wheels in motion but the opener was dismissed in the seventh by Arundathi Reddy, Richa Ghosh with the catch at extra cover.

Sanjida Islam (10) and Nigar Sultana (35) put on a 17-run third wicket stand until the former was caught behind by Bhatia off Yadav, before Reddy got her second wicket as Fargana Hoque fell for a duck.

Five boundaries from Nigar Sultana upped the total but she lost her partner Fahima Khatun for 17 in the 15th over as opening-night hero Yadav took her second scalp.

The wickets kept on falling at the WACA, Nigar Sultana was the next victim as Reddy caught her off Rajeshwari Gayakwad before Jahanara Alam was dismissed for ten.

Shikha Pandey took her second wicket by bowling Ahmed in the final over, but Yadav finished the evening with the best bowling figures of three for 18 as India made it two from two in Group A.

Scores in brief

India beat Bangladesh by 18 runs, WACA Ground, Perth

India 142-6, 20 overs (Shafali Verma 39, Jemimah Rodrigues 34; Salma Khatun 2-25, Panna Ghosh 2-25)
Bangladesh 124-8, 20 overs (Nigar Sultana Joty 35, Poonam Yadav 3-18, Shikha Pandey)

Source: ICC Media Zone.

Krishnamurthy urges India not to be distracted in Perth

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By SAT News Desk/ICC Media Zone


Veda Krishnamurthy says India cannot let themselves get distracted by their win over Australia and must focus on the task at hand when they take on Bangladesh.

- India produced a stunning bowling performance to beat Australia in the tournament opener on Friday, Poonam Yadav the star with four wickets

- Krishnamurthy says her side cannot become complacent and must improve their batting performance against Bangladesh

- Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun does not want her side to worry about

India’s impressive performance and focus on their own instead
India’s impressive bowling display lit up the opening match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Sydney, Poonam Yadav playing a starring role under the lights with four wickets to halt the defending champions’ run chase and seal an opening Group A win for her side.

But Krishnamurthy does not want to see India let their emotions get the better of them, insisting the top and middle order need to survive longer to take the heat off their bowling attack in Perth.

“We want to make sure we have enough of a score for our bowlers to defend,” she said.

“At the same time, we can’t be too ambitious with our strokes or risk being run short, but we need to make sure we get enough runs on board.

“As you all saw, our bowling attack is doing really well. It’s all about giving them that extra cushioning,

“If we had finished 15 runs shorter on Friday, it would have been a lot more difficult for us.

“We can’t be complacent with the victory. We have to let go of those emotions now and focus on repeating all the good things we did.”

For Bangladesh, the match against India will be their first of the tournament, the Tigers aiming to spring an upset and begin their quest for a maiden Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final on a high.

To do so, captain Salma Khatun is urging her side not to dwell on India’s stunning opening victory and instead focus on getting their own performance right at the WACA.

“We’re not worried about the result between India and Australia,” said Khatun. “We’re just focused on our own.

“We’ve been watching the opening matches of the tournament with keen interest and we are really excited to get going in this one.

“It was great to see Thailand as a newcomer do well with their fielding and bowling. They were unable to get the result because of their inexperience but they put on a very good show and we love to see that.

“All our girls put their 100 percent into the warm-up match against Pakistan and we hope to have a positive start at this World Cup.”

Source: ICC Media Zone

Brett Lee: ICC Women’s T20 World Cup presents a unique and proud opportunity for cricket

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By Brett Lee

Women’s cricket could reach the next level in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and I’m incredibly proud that Australia will play host to this historic tournament.

We have already seen just how far the women’s game has come in such a short space of time, developing leaps and bounds even since the first Women’s T20 World Cup in 2009.

But the chance for that to go one better is really exciting, for the sport in general and for cricket in Australia, which makes it a privilege to watch it unfold first-hand.

The first game at the Sydney Showground between Australia and India could really set a tone for the tournament, with a match-up between two of the most impressive teams in the game.

We saw in the tri-series that these two countries play exciting brands of cricket and I can’t wait for what is not only going to be a fantastic match, but also a huge occasion for global sport.

With matches in six venues across Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Melbourne, it’s amazing that Australia has the opportunity to bring the best in the world together in a festive atmosphere.

These grounds are among the best in the world, for both players and fans, and the power and artistry that comes with women’s cricket will be fantastic to watch.

Each game and ground will provide a brilliant spectacle but there is something even more special about the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the home of my first five-wicket haul on Test debut for Australia.

Hosting the final there on 8 March will be an occasion to behold, and the prospect of breaking the record attendance for a women’s sporting event – on International Women’s Day – is an extra special one.

It is a big ambition, but women’s cricket has continued to pleasantly surprise me and proven that these challenges are achievable.

To do that, we’d need to see a crowd like we’ve never seen before, so I’d love for the fans of all countries, cricket, and sport in general to make themselves counted at the Big Dance.

Whether it’s at the MCG or the venues around Australia, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 is a chance to be a part of history, creating memories which will stay with people for generations.

As part of this, Australia will be playing host to some of the greatest cricketers of all time.

The home nation will be confident in their chances having won the tournament four times so far. And in Meg Lanning, they have a really special captain who is the perfect lead to her team of superstars.

England and New Zealand, led by Heather Knight and Sophie Devine, also bring with them incredibly solid and talented teams that should feel confident of doing well.

With Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Shafali Verma in their batting unit, we’ll also need to keep a close eye on India, a side who are set to add a fourth dimension to this tournament.

But what strikes me most about the teams coming to Australia is how the gap between the top few teams and the rest is narrowing.

All ten countries will be confident of producing strong performances and results in this competition, which makes the battle to reach the semi-finals in Sydney and the final in Melbourne even more exciting.

The future is therefore bright for the women’s game, and if the tournament is able to reach its predicted new heights, then the sky really is the limit.

Source: ICC Media Zone