Australia won the toss and elected to bat in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final against India on Sunday at a jam-packed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The defending champions, Australia, are targeting their fifth T20 World Cup title, while India is playing in their first final.
“It looks like a really good wicket, the crowd is amazing,” said Australian skipper Meg Lanning, whose team lost to India in the tournament’s opening fixture before bouncing back to win the rest of their group games. “We’re looking forward to it. We’re as ready as we can be today.”
India reached their maiden final unbeaten, on the back of the exploits of teenage opener Shafali Verma, their spin bowlers and the pace of Shikha Pandey. “We also wanted to bat first but we are quite confident chasing so if our bowlers do a job it will be good for us,” said the Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur.
Here are the reactions from the cricketing world on Twitter:
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 8, 2020
I wish all the very best to both teams @AusWomenCricket & @BCCIWomen what an achievement to be playing the final of the @T20WorldCup enjoy each and every moment of the game such occasions Hardly comes in life . Welldone #MCG 👏🏻👏🏻
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) March 8, 2020
— Chris Green (@chrisgreen_93) March 8, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 8, 2020
Incredible scenes at the @MCG.
BEST OF LUCK to the @AusWomenCricket team.. an enormous battle about to get underway against formidable opposition.
These scenes mean a billion things to so many of us for a billion reasons..
AMAZING!! 🏏 #T20WorldCup2020
— Melanie McLaughlin (@Mel_Mclaughlin) March 8, 2020
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) March 8, 2020
A day of multiple-importance, starting from best wishes on #IWD2020, cheers and support for our champions @BCCIWomen all the luck for the #T20WorldCupFinal and birthday greetings to captain @ImHarmanpreet!
— Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) March 8, 2020
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) March 8, 2020
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 8, 2020
Here we go!! Who is pumped for this 🙋🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/bcinTdnWp2
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) March 8, 2020
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) March 8, 2020
— Akshar Patel (@akshar2026) March 8, 2020