Australia’s performance will be remembered as one of the most emphatic in a final by any side.
The crowd fell short of breaking the record attendance at a women’s sporting event – which stands at , – but it was an astonishing, atmospheric evening.
Australia were as ruthless as they have ever been to steamroller India, whose heads dropped in the first over of the match when Healy was dropped by Verma.
It means Australia’s dominance of women’s cricket continues – and India, once again, fell short at a global final.
From Opening-day stumble to emphatic win
Australia have not dominated this tournament in the way many expected, but they have grown in confidence and produced a devastating display when it mattered most.
They lost the first game to India, were 20 – 3 against Sri Lanka in th eir second match and were staring at a tournament exit at various points, but they were able to find ways to win.
Mooney has been superb at the top of the order, while captain Meg Lanning has always offered a sense of calm, both with the bat and in the field.
Australia embraced the raucous atmosphere at the ‘G’ and used it to their advantage, while India, nervous from the very start, crumbled.
It might not have been the competitive outing that was expected, but there is something special about watching a team as ruthless as Australia go about their cricket.
They will be heavy favorites to win back the – over World Cup title from England in . Healy & Mooney steal the show
Mooney was the backbone for Australia, batting through the innings and registering her third half-century of the tournament, but it is Healy’s performance that most will remember.
It was arguably the most merciless innings of the tournament, with Healy thrashing the first ball of the game for four to set the tone.
She gathered further momentum when she was dropped on nine off the fifth ball of the innings, Verma putting down a simple catch at cover.
Australia raced to 0 in the first five overs, Healy dominating the bowlers and reaching her half-century in fitting style, a furious drive down the ground for four.
The attack she launched on Shikha Pandey – one of India’s best bowlers in the competition – was completely deva stating.
The first length ball was hit over long-on, and the second was given the same treatment before Healy cleared her front leg and hoicked the third flat over cover for a third successive six.
Before this tournament, there were questions over Healy’s form after a lean tri-series. She ended it walking off with a smile on her face, despite being caught at long-on, having played a key role in a complete demolition of India’s bowlers.
India underwhelm on biggest stage
This was the second time India have reached a global final but it was a more disappointing performance than against England at Lord’s in 2021.
After Verma dropped Healy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad missed a chance to catch Mooney in her follow-through, and India’s heads dropped.
India have a strong batting line-up but Verma was clearly distracted by her poor performance in the field, and she was distraught to nick the third ball of the innings behind.
Wickets fell frequently and with a certain inevitability – Jemimah Rodrigues was caught at mid-on, Smriti Mandhana chipped Sophie Molineux to cover, and captain Harmanpreet Kaur holed out in the deep.
India were never in this game, and it was almost a relief to see it end when Poonam Yadav slogged Schutt to deep mid-wicket.
‘Our best per formance on the biggest stage ‘- what they said
Australia captain Meg Lanning: “I’m really proud of this group of players – we ‘ ve had everything thrown at us, we’ve had our ups and downs and scraped through the tournament but it was our best performance on the biggest stage.
“After we lost that first game, there was a lot of expectation on us and a lot of tough times, but we stuck together and we had each other’s backs throughout. “
Australia opener Beth Mooney: “It’s been an unbelievable tournament and the crowds have been amazing throughout. We’ve got an elite line-up and if it’s not your day, somebody else steps up and does it.
“You can always be better and that’s the mantra I and the team live by. I’m fortunate and grateful to have been given the opportunities I have by Cricket Australia. “
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: “The way we played in the group games was outstanding, I still have a lot of faith in our team, we need to focus on the areas – particularly the fielding as it was disappointing we dropped those catches.
“We need to keep trusting ourselves, and I trust this team.”