Australia Women's cricket team celebrate after a big-game performance
Australia Women's cricket team celebrate after a big-game performance
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The Indian team, who have been undefeated so far in the ongoing Women's T20 World Cup, will face a daunting task against Australia when they take on four-time champions in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney take the crease with the former on strike and on FIRE!

After 5.0 overs, Australia have scored 47 with no loss. It seems misfieldings and two dropped catches have cost Harmanpreet and Co early on. Healy (29* off 16), Mooney (18* off 14).

Tournament's leading wicket-taker Poonam Yadav bowls the 6th over. Will she add to her 9-wicket haul to give India a slight advantage? No she could not, but the leggie only conceded 5 runs from her first over of the day.

Healy slams back-to-back maximums to Rajeshwari Gaikwad in the 3rd and 4th ball of the 7th over.

Poonam Yadav is back in the 8th over in hopes of dismissing the openers but the Aussies seem to have learned from their mistakes in the previous encounter.

9th Over: Radha Yadav, with her career best spell in the match against Sri Lanka is surely the bowler to watch out for. But the fierce Australian openers are reluctant on breaking India's bowling line-up.

10 overs down, Aussies are off to a good start after opting to bat. Things are not looking good for Harmanpreet and Co after the bowling line-up has failed to pick up scals. Healy (57 off 33), Mooney (37 off 30)

Healy is not in the mood for mercy. The batsman slammed three maximums in a row to Shikha Pandey!

WICKET! Radha Yadav to Healy, caught by Krishnamurthy. An attempt for boundary ends in Healy's dismissal. Could this be a breakthrough?  Healy (75 off 39 balls, 7 fours and 5 sixes) What a performance from Healy infront of the fans and husband Mitchell Starc who missed the ODI against South Africa to watch his wife.

Skipper Meg Lanning comes on after Healy's dismissal.

Beth Mooney racking up the boundaries with a tally of 26 in the tournament.

15 overs down, Australia's batswomen have slowed down after Healy's breathtaking innings. But with Mooney and Lanning still at the crease, India is still in danger. The bowlers need more wickets. Poonam Yadav needs to start her show!  Beth Mooney (50 off 41), Meg Lanning (14 off 11).

WICKET! Deepti Sharma to Lanning, caught by Shikha Pandey! The skipper has been dismissed but Mooney remains well on-course to give India a massive chase. Will India's batting line-up be able to face Aussie bowlers.

WICKET! Deepti Sharma to Gardner, out stumped! Wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatiya works her magic yet again with some quick stumping. The quick fall of wickets has slowed down Australia's tempo. The Indian batswomen will surely be up for a huge challenge.

WICKET! Poonam Yadav to Rachael Haynes, out Bowled! Early dismissal for Haynes at just 4 runs off 5 deliveries.

END OF THE FIRST INNINGS: Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healey help Australia reach a respectable total of 184 with both scoring 78* and 75 respectively. India require the highest ever chase in the tournament. The likes of Shafali Sharma, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will have to step up to help India chase Australia's 184.

WICKET! Schutt to Verma, out Caught by Healy. India's leading scorer Shafali Verma has departed way too early. India's maiden world cup title looks really grim after her early departure.

WICKET! Jonassen to Rodrigues,out Caught by Carey! Another wicket for India as Jemimah Rodrigues departs. Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur have to perform, have to last to give the fans some hope.

Plenty of concerns for India early on after two wickets and Taniya Bhatiya retired hurt.

WICKET! Molineux to Mandhana, out Caught by Carey. India in deep trouble as even Smriti Mandhana has been dismissed. Chances are now next to zero as India's main batters have all been dismissed. Can Harmanpreet Kaur turn the tables in India's favour?

After 5 overs, India is in a very bad situation. Three crucial batsmen dismissed early on with one retired hurt, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur is at the crease. Can she turn the tables in India's favour? India 26/3 whereas Australia were 47/0 at this time.

WICKET! Jonassen to Kaur, out Caught by Gardner. Australia's bowling line-up has shattered the hopes of all Indian fans with Kaur's dismissal. These are dark times India, dark times.

After 10 overs, India's maiden title dream is truly done and dusted. An explosive top-order cleaned-up in the powerplay itself.

WICKET! Delissa Kimmince to Krishnamurthy, out Caught by Jonassen. Another departure for India. Surely not the way Harmanpreet Kaur thought this campaign would end after reaching the finals unbeaten.

After 15 overs, India is 81/5. With what started as an explosive campaign for India, the tables have turned. In the previous encounter, Australia bogged down to India's bowling masterclass but this time it is the other way round. And as commentator Harsha Bhogle said, it was good while it lasted.

Wicket! Carey to Deepti Sharma, out Caught by Mooney. Deepti Sharma departs for 33 off 35 balls. Shikha Pandey takes her position at the crease.

WICKET! Schutt to Shikha Pandey, out Caught by Mooney. Pandey dismissed after scoring just 1 off 4 balls.

WICKET! Schutt to Richa Ghosh, out Caught by Carey. Ghosh sent back to the pavilion after scoring 18 off 18 balls. Star-studded spinner Poonam Yadav comes to the crease.

WICKET! Jonassen to Radha Yadav, out Caught by Mooney. Radha Yadav departs for a single run off 2 balls. Rajeshwari Gaikwad walks to the crease. 

WICKET! Schutt to Poonam Yadav, out Caught by Gardner. It is all over for India as the whole team departs under 100.

India's run in the campaign was good while it lasted. Harmanpreet and Co reached the finals after an unbeaten run at the group stages. However, it was Australia - their tournament opener opponents - who turned the tables on them to defend and lift the World Cup trophy. Not the birthday Harmanpreet Kaur wanted, but better luck next time India!

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