The generation that was born after 2000 must have wondered that why do we compare the women team’s World T20 defeat in the final at the hands of Australia to the men’s team final in 2003.
Alyssa Healy’s carnage helped Australia put 184/4 on the board in 20 overs and later bundled out India for 99 to win the match by 85 runs to lift the trophy.
Healy’s innings was compared with that of Ricky Ponting’s knock of 2003 where the Australian skipper was on a rampage and smacked 140* off 121 balls to help Australia score 359/2 in 50 overs.
Adam Gilchrist and Damien Martyn chipped in with individual half-centuries. To add to India’s misery, Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed in the first over while Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Kaif followed soon.
Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag tried to build a partnership in between but a mix up in the middle cost Sehwag his wicket. Sehwag scored 82 while Dravid struck 47 before getting out eventually.
India were bundled out for 234 to lose the final Johannesburg. This was the second time after 1983 when India had made a place in the World Cup final while Australia won the trophy for the second time on the trot and for the third time in total.
Note: Australia later won the World Cup in 2007 and 2015 respectively.