Australia made an amazing turnaround to win the final of the Commonwealth Games by nine runs to take home the gold medal.
FINAL: INDIA v AUSTRALIA
Toss: Australia opted to bat first
Result: Australia win by nine runs
Lanning-Mooney build for Australia
Renuka Singh dismissed Alyssa Healy early, but Australia got off to a decent start still with Meg Laning and Beth Mooney on the charge. At the end of the first six overs, Australia had reached 43/1, only thanks to 10 runs coming off the last two balls of the Powerplay.
India tried to stifle the scoring rate with spin on a tacky surface, and although they found initial success, the move to bring herself on backfired for Harmanpreet Kaur as Australia took 17 runs from her over.
The 74-run stand between Lanning and Mooney put Australia on course for a large total, but before it could hurt India further Radha Yadav struck with an amazing bit of fielding.
India pull things back
India's electrifying fielding effort was the highlight of the first half of the final and Radha Yadav headlined it with two stunning bits of fielding. She had Lanning run out at the non-striker's end with a back flick through her own legs and then pulled off a spectacular catch at point to send back Tahlia McGrath.
India's fielding brilliance continued with Deepti Sharma taking a one-handed stunner and then effecting a direct hit as Australia struggled to maintain the momentum the second wicket partnership had built.
In the final five overs, Australia lost five wickets for 36 runs as India restricted them to a total of 161/8 in the 20 overs.
India's chase is on! Megan Schutt takes the new ball for the Aussies, it's Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma in the middle for India.— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) August 7, 2022
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Indian openers fall cheap
Smriti Mandhana had given India a rousing start in the opening game of the tournament against Australia, but here, she was cleaned up by Darcie Brown as Australia found early success.
Ashleigh Gardner came into the attack in the third over and had Shafali Verma skying a catch shortly after Megan Schutt put a catch down earlier in the over.
With two early wickets in the bag, Australia were well on top and ready to put the brakes on India's innings.
The Harmanpreet Kaur show
Australia's plans were, however, thwarted by an aggressive Kaur, ably supported by Jemimah Rodrigues. The duo put India in the driving seat with great intent and smart batting through the middle overs.
Kaur completed her second fifty against Australia in the tournament, bringing it up off just 34 balls as India threatened to repeat their heroics from the 2017 ICC Women's ODI World Cup semi-final clash against Australia.
Kaur celebrated her fifty with a four and a six in Alana King's over, but India's joy soon came to a halt as Schutt cleaned up Rodrigues for 33 to give Australia a breakthrough.
The 96-run stand was broken and suddenly India went into panic mode. Pooja Vastrakar holed out next over, trying to take on Gardner, while Kaur was dismissed the very next ball, attempting a scoop, only to spoon a catch to Healy behind the stumps.
India went from 118/2 to 121/5, and the pressure multiplied when Sneh Rana and Radha Yadav were run out two overs later. Deepti Sharma, on whom India's hopes rested, was trapped in front by Schutt in the penultimate over. A review went to waste as India were left with concussion substitute Yastika Bhatia to carry them to a gold medal.
With 11 runs needed off the final over, Yastika was dismissed attempting a reverse sweep off Jess Jonassen as Australia celebrated an outstanding come-from-behind win.
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