CWG 2022 India Women vs Australia Women Final Match Highlights: India captain Harmanpreet Kaur played a gutsy knock of 65 runs but couldnt save India from defeat as Australia won the match by nine runs to win the inaugural Commonwealth Games cricket gold medal. Chasing a total 0f 162, India lost Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma cheaply. Harmanpreet added 96 runs for the third wicket with Jemimah Rodrigues before the latter lost her wicket on 33. Harmanpreet and Pooja Vastrakar were dismissed off consecutive deliveries by Ashleigh Gardner, putting Australia in control of the proceedings. After that, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 152 in 19.3 overs. Earlier, Beth Mooneys 61 off 41 guided Australia to 161 for 8 in 20 overs. Radha Yadav had turned the game in Indias favor with her superb fielding. She first ran out Meg Lanning and then took a sensational catch to dismiss Tahlia McGrath. This happened after a good attack from Mooney and Lanning had helped Australia rebuild their innings after suffering an early blow. Renuka Thakur had struck early to dismiss Alyssa Healy. Australia skipper Lanning won the toss and opted to bat first against India in the ongoing final match at CWG 2022.
It’s done and dusted! Jes Jonassen gets the better of Yastika Bhatia who tries to play the reverse sweep to wrap up Indian innings. Earlier, Meghna Singh was runout on the second ball of the over. Excellent comeback from Australia in the last five overs to clinch the gold medal here in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Australia (161/8) beat India (152 all-out) by 9 runs
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (w), Radha Yadav, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh
Australia Women: Alyssa Healy (w), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
It’s a heartbreak for India Women though! They came so close again but just could not close out the game when it mattered the most but they will go back with a silver medal and should be proud of what they have achieved here. Talking about this match, it was a cracker of a game! A game that was worthy of a grand finale of a mega event. The momentum swung from one team to another and the game went right down to the wire but in the end, it is Australia Women who have held their composure in crunch situations and have come beaten the Indian side in a big final again just like they did two years back in the final of the Womens T20 World Cup.