Australia went on to win by nine runs despite a nice knock by Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, adding Commonwealth gold to this all-conquering side’s World T20 and ODI success.
Ash Gardner, hero of the bat as Australia beat India to start the tournament, starred with the ball this time, taking 3-16 from three overs.
However, the victory was overshadowed by drama before the ball was bowled.
The toss was postponed as officials discussed whether he would be allowed to play after all-rounder Talia McGrath tested positive for COVID-19.
McGrath, one of Australia’s best players in all tournaments, was seen by team officials on Sunday morning with mild symptoms before testing positive.
Despite this, she was allowed to play and was forced to sit away from her teammates and wear a mask while waiting to bat.
She was also unable to celebrate with her teammates after catching them.
If the fight had taken place in Australia, McGrath would have been suspended for seven days, highlighting the ridiculous inconsistency of COVID-19 policies.
Her impact on the game was minimal, but she was still the biggest talking point at Edgbaston.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Alyssa Healy again failed to fire and was out 7 pounds, but skipper Meg Lanning joined Beth Mooney to make 74 partnerships from just 47 deliveries. tied.
Australia looked comfortable but Radha Yadav’s double brilliance dragged India into the contest.
First Yadav flicked the ball between his legs and after falling back far caught a running short of the ground at 36 before a diving catch from McGrath to dismiss Australia’s No. 4 in the next over. pulled out.
Gardner hit a rapid-fire 25, but it was Mooney (41 to 61) who was putting together the innings before being dismissed by a stunning Deepti Sharma catch.
Sharma stuck out his hand to pick up the one-handed stunner.
After staring at over 180 points, Australia fell back towards the closing stages, making only 11 runs in the final two overs to reach 8-161.
India shot for 12 runs in the first over but lost two quick wickets, with Darcy Brown bowling Smriti Mandhana behind his feet before Shafali Verma wasted an extra life to fall for 11 .
But India’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur hit 65 of 43 balls and seemed to have led India to gold on his own before Gardner picked up two wickets on two and holed deep. It looked like
A direct hit by Grace Harris afflicted India as they needed 11 runs in the final over, but lasted only three balls as Jess Jonathen claimed the final wicket and sparked fierce celebrations.
Australia wins T20 gold amid COVID drama
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