Australia Women has lifted the trophy for ICC Women’s CWC 2022 to register their record 7th title in the 50 over World Cup.
Australia posted a massive 356/5 to set a humungous target in the final. Defending champions, England Women found it impossible to execute the batting application required to pull off the victory.
The English batters could only notch up 285 to relinquish the World Cup title by 71 runs.
Alyssa Healy, the Australian opener, played a career-defining knock of 170 runs to put Australia Women miles ahead of England Women in the finals of Women’s CWC 2022.
Healy registered the highest score of this tournament and the second-highest score for Australia Women in World Cup history.
She also became the first woman cricketer to score consecutive centuries in the semi-final and final of the 50 over World Cup.
Healy, along with her opening partner Rachael Haynes constructed a 160 run partnership. The stand between her and Haynes is the highest for any wicket in Women’s World Cup history.
Invited to bat first, Australia gladly accepted the offer with both hands. Openers Healy and Haynes created another magical stand for the 1st wicket following their explosives in the semi-final against West Indies.
The duo put up 160 runs before Sophie Ecclestone removed Haynes on 68 to break the historic 1st wicket partnership. However, England’s trouble did not subside as Beth Mooney joined Healy in the middle to multifold the damage.
Healy and Mooney upped the ante for Australian Women to significantly accelerate the innings. They formed a blazing stand of 156 runs for the 2nd wicket in just 98 deliveries.
Anya Shrubsole brought life back to England Women by dismissing Healy, Mooney and Meg Lanning in quick succession. She also effected a run out to send back Ashleigh Gardner.
Chasing a massive 357 to win, England Women needed at least two extensive partnerships to take them to the finish line in ICC Women’s CWC 2022 final. However, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals to derail their chase.
Natalie Sciver’s majestic inning of 148* was not enough to pull off the victory against mighty Australians. No one from England’s batting line-up stood up to partner Sciver to pull off an ultimate upset. None of the batters barring Sciver crossed 30 in the colossal chase.
Australia bowled out England on 285 in 43.4 overs to win the ICC Women’s CWC 2002 by 71 runs.
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