Australia face India at the MCG looking for a fifth T20 World Cup win in six editions of the competition, in front of what should be the biggest crowd for a stand alone women’s sports event the world has ever seen. No pressure then … FOLLOW LIVE!
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It’s the dream T20 World Cup final: Australia taking on India at the MCG.
Today’s final is also a fitting celebration of women’s sport on International Women’s Day with the culmination of the largest standalone female sporting event to ever be held in Australia when the green and gold took on India in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup at the MCG.
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The coin toss will happen at 5.20pm, with Katy Perry set to sing two pre-game songs before the game starts.
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While India progressed to today’s “Big Dance” undefeated, getting to the World Cup final has been a battle for the Australians.
After losing their opening game to India by 17 runs in Sydney on February 21, the team has battled form slumps, tournament-ending injuries to key players Tayla Vlaeminck and Ellyse Perry and inclement weather that threatened to cancel their semi-final against South Africa on Thursday.
Captain Meg Lanning said the rocky road to the final was prepared the Aussies well.
“It hasn’t been an easy road to the final, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.
“We are match and battle-hardened. All our wins have been cutthroat and must-win clashes and they have all been close.”
Coach Matthew Mott echoed those sentiments, saying he couldn’t hide his pride at his team making it through the final.
“What we’re most proud of is that … we can also scrap and fight and show real resilience when we’re up against it and this tournament has been full of that,” he said.
“I can’t believe how well the team has adapted and improvised throughout this whole campaign.”
The ICC today released its tournament viewership records, which has found that the World Cup has become the most-watched women’s cricket event ever held.
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