Healy's innings was the centrepiece of one of the most significant moments in cricket history. The Women's T20 World Cup final at the MCG was a raging success before the first ball was bowled - with 86,174 in attendance and global pop star Katy Perry delivering a dazzling pre-game concert. But any thought that the pop star was the main attraction was quickly forgotten as Healy lofted the first ball wide of mid-on for four to begin one of most defining innings in the history of the women's game. It was eventful first over: she clubbed two more fours and was dropped by Shafali Verma. But thereafter, Healy produced an unrivalled display of ball-striking. She hit seven fours and five sixes in her innings, including three sixes in a row off Shikha Pandey. She fell for 75 off 39 balls with 8.2 overs left in the innings but departed to a richly deserved standing ovation.
Healy had stamped her authority in the 11th over, walking at Pandey and smashing her over long-on and long-off for consecutive sixes to move to 69 off just 35 balls. India's wicketkeeper, Taniya Bhati,a moved up to the stumps to keep Healy in her crease, but that didn't stop her. The next ball was full and wide and Healy carved it high over cover with disdain to clear the fence. It was the type of shot that will inspire a generation of players.
30 Number of balls taken by Healy to complete her half-century. It is the quickest half-century in an ICC final by a man or woman. The previous fastest was in 32 balls, by Hardik Pandya against Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. Healy ended with a strike rate of 192.30 - also the highest for a 50-plus score by men or women in ICC finals.
Runs put on by Healy and Beth Mooney for the first wicket. It was the second-highest opening stand
conceded by India in women's T20Is. It was the second century stand by Healy and Mooney in the tournament.
"I don't think anything is ever going to top that. I hope there's girls in this team that are going to experience that for a long period of time, but for me I never thought we'd get the opportunity to do something as cool as what we did today."
"Fortunately, Midge [Healy] makes my life pretty easy at the top by hitting it as clean as she does, and I don't have to do a whole lot at the other end."
Healy's opening partner, Beth Mooney
Beth Mooney, 78 not out vs India, Women's T20 World Cup final, Melbourne
Mooney actually outscored Healy in the final, finishing with 78 not out from 54 balls to anchor the innings. In any other year, it would have been enough for Player of the Match and the ESPNCricinfo award, but she had to settle for Player of the Tournament instead. Mooney played with superb control, feeding the strike to Healy early and expanding after her departure. She struck ten boundaries and was particularly savage through the off side, using her feet to both spin and pace to strike through and over cover.