A record crowd for a women's cricket match turned out at the MCG. Hosts and defending champions Australia turned up and bossed the final against India, clinching their fifth T20 World Cup trophy.
So proud of how Melbourne showcases sporting events. @mcg looked a picture. Katy Perry was awesome. And both Teams will never forget such a big day for International Women's cricket!— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) March 8, 2020
Congrats to all involved. Women's cricket has arrived now. https://t.co/YTDUoj5a4m
An amazing night at the G. A record 86,174 there to watch Meg Lanning and the Aussies bringing home a fifth women's title on Int'l womens day. Congrats to Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney on stunning performances. Commiserations to India, have no doubt that @narendramodi is proud.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) March 8, 2020
Congratulations @AusWomenCricket on winning the #T20WorldCup To the @BCCIWomen team,we all are very proud of your achievement. Really enjoyed the way you all played throughout the tournament. Good luck for your future matches.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 8, 2020
India's unbeaten run in the tournament came to an end in the final.
Our girls gave their everything, just had one bad day but it was so wonderful to see the way in which they played barring today .Wishing them better luck next time. Congratulations to Australia on winning the #T20WorldCup— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 8, 2020
Gutted by the result today . Nonetheless the girls have had a wonderful #T20WorldCup campaign . I congratulate the T20 captain @ImHarmanpreet and the girls. Well done . Request everyone to continue supporting women's cricket . Only great things are in store.— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) March 8, 2020
India lost only one game in the tournament. So did Australia. Both teams lost to each other. India beat Aus in the tournament opener. Australia beat India in the finals. Such is life.... #WT20WC #AusvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 8, 2020
Till a few years ago, nobody could have imagined that a billion eyes would be glued to Women's Cricket World Cup— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 8, 2020
Cups will come & go, but today is a victory for each & every INDIAN GIRL who dared to defy odds & societal barriers! #SheInspiresUs
Congrats to Australia!
I know how tough it is to be so close to that World Cup & not win it. But chin up, girls! It's not about the result, but about the generation you've inspired. You had a campaign you can be very proud of!— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 8, 2020
Also congratulations Australia, a much deserved win.#INDvsAUS #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/5ekr5Y9yvS
Alyssa Healy set the tone in the final with a 30-ball fifty - a record in a World Cup final - en route to a 39-ball 75. In the stands at the MCG was her husband Mitchell Starc, who had played in the 2015 World Cup final at the MCG .
Instead of being overawed by the expectation of a home World Cup final at a packed MCG, Australia have thrived on it. Healy calmed the nerves early. India looked intimidated unfortunately. They will learn from it one hopes.— Ian bishop (@irbishi) March 8, 2020
Imagining Alyssa Healy and Mitchell Starc chatting over their cornflakes.— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) March 8, 2020
"Oh hey, remember when you dominated a World Cup Final at the MCG, winning it for Australia before the opposition caught breath?"
"Yeah. Remember when you did too?"
"Yeah. More toast?"#T20WorldCup