Australia defeated Team India by 9 runs to win the gold medal in the final of the Commonwealth Games. Team India had to be content with the silver medal. The final match at Edgbaston ground in Birmingham went till the last over, but India could not achieve the target of 162 runs given by Australia. Batting first in this match, Australia made a score of 161, in response, the Indian team fought till the last but could score only 152 runs. Harmanpreet Kaur scored the most runs for Team India, she scored 65 runs in 43 balls. Ashley Gardner took the highest 3 wickets for Australia.
Both the openers were dismissed cheaply
Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma, both the openers of the Indian women’s team, could not do anything special. Mandhana could only score 6 runs in 7 balls and got bowled. At the same time, Shefali’s catch was missed, yet she could not take advantage of this lifeline and returned to the pavilion after scoring 11 runs in 7 balls.
Amazing of Radha Yadav
In the match, Radha Yadav sent 2 players to the pavilion on the basis of their excellent fielding. First he ran out captain Meg Lanning while bowling himself, while at the same time, he took such a catch of Tahlia McGrath that the commentators were forced to call him Jonty Rhodes.
After this, Deepti Sharma also reminded Kapil Dev while taking a wonderful catch. She took the catch of Beth Mooney running back. A similar catch was taken by Kapil Dev of Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final as well.
Playing XI of both the teams
Indian Squad: Shefali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemima Rodriguez, Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Tania Bhatia (WK), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh
Australia Playing XI: Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Rachel Haynes, Grace Harris, Tahlia McGrath, Ashley Gardner, Jess Jonasson, Megan Schutt, Darcy Brown, Elana King