The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup tournament had its moments so far and has now reached its intriguing climax. India women will lock horns with defending champions and hosts, Australia women for the all-important final which will be played at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 8, Sunday.
Harmanpreet Kaur-led team qualified for their maiden World Cup final as the semi-final fixture between India women and England women was abandoned without a ball being bowled. As India topped the Group stage points table by winning four in as many games, it was so easy for them to make it through to the final.
On the other hand, Australia women got the better of South Africa women in a rain-curtailed fixture by 5 runs (DLS method).
It is worth mentioning here that Australia women’s team the most successful side in this tournament as they have lifted the coveted trophy four times, which is quite a remarkable achievement.
Megan Schutt Opens up on playing against India:
Australia pacer Megan, who starred in Australia’s victory in the semi-final by picking two crucial wickets, looks somewhat terrified owing to the prospect of playing against the unbeaten Indian side in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final.
“I just hate playing India – they’ve got the wood over me. Smriti and Shefali have got me covered. That six Shafali hit me for in the tri-series was probably the biggest one I’ve ever been hit for. There are obviously some plans we’re going to revisit as bowlers. (But) clearly, I’m not the best match-up to those two in the Powerplay. They find me quite easy to play,” Schutt was quoted as saying by the official ICC website
Speaking about the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final, Schutt mentioned it as a big challenge to face India.
“We’re at that final we’ve been talking about for so long and against India, which is super fitting considering the tri-series we had. It couldn’t really be a bigger challenge for us. It’s not really a bad thing, it’s good we’re going up against a team we’ve played a lot recently and it’s the same for them as well,” she said.
In the previous meeting, India women got the better of Australia women in the tournament opener by 17 runs. India women and Australia women will lock horns with each other in the Women’s T20 World Cup final on International Women’s Day.