The long-awaited presentation of the ICC Soccer World Cup T20I between India and Australia will take place in Melbourne on March 8. It will be India’s fifth women’s and Australian women’s T20Is clash in 2020. India will make it to the finals with better confidence than Australia after striking out the defending champions in 17 runs at the tournament’s opening.
As both teams prepare for the finals, the reactions began to flow from around the world and the word war between players escalated.
Sachin Tandulker, the big winner, advised the Indian women’s group led by Hermannpreet Kaur to stay positive and “just be in the moment”.
Australian pacer Megan Schott clearly addressed skipper Meg Lanning because she did not want to bowl to Shapali Verma and Smriti Mandhana.
Schott bore the brunt of Verma and Mandhana’s offensive cricket as early as the first of the thirty-three series last month, scoring four by the first-ball boy and hitting six by Mandana. Schott admits that she is shaking at the sight of the big guns from India, which raised her for 16 runs in her opening tournament.
“I just hate playing in India – they have the tree on me,” she said.
Australian skipper Meg Lanning was indeed the beating of the team on the big day. She said, the side was aiming for the fight and going out to win the tournament.
“We never went into this World Cup thinking it was just going to happen and it was going to be easy. We knew it was fighting and that’s exactly what happened. We didn’t have to owe anything.
Australia has won the women’s T20 World Cup four times, and the side were looking to win its fifth title. All-round star Eliza Perry was ruled out of the tournament, but that didn’t stop the side swinging.
Kim Cotton and Store Raza will stand as winners in the field at the ongoing World Cup T20 Summit, which sees the four-time champion Australia first taking on India in the Melbourne Cricket Final. Supporting the judges in the field will be Gregory Barthwaite of West Indies, who is the television broadcaster in what is set to be a historic event in Melbourne.
India entered the final after their semi-final clash against England was washed away in Sydney. India reached the top of the group when Australia managed to defeat South Africa in the semi-finals.