When an Indian woman bats, people sit up and take notice. Rohit Sharma sat up, as well as his teammates when the Indian women’s team defeated Australia by five runs in the final of the World T20 at Kolkata on Sunday night. The match was played in front of a home crowd who had come to cheer their women’s cricket team to another final. This victory will go down as one of India’s most memorable moments in women’s cricket.
All thanks to the brilliance of Harmanpreet Kaur and Suzie Bates – two Indian women who have been setting the tone for women cricketers across the nation for many years. No matter which format you play, whether it is One-Day or Twenty20 matches, it’s certain that an Indian team always plays with a lot of passion. Since time immemorial, we have always been obsessed with cricket, and reading stories about our heroes have only made us more so.
There are many reasons why this love affair has won us over but there is no denying that it has made us some of the best players in the world. We may not be able to excel at all other sports but we make sure that at least one gender within our country does not stand short when it comes to sportsmanship and fair play. That being said, if you ask me which sport I love watching above all others then without any hesitation I will say: cricket! And not just any
Harmanpreet Kaur, who had the match of her life
When you look back at the match, you will see that there were many great moments throughout it, but the one where Harmanpreet Kaur had a match for the ages is one of the most memorable. The Indian captain had a remarkable start to the final with the ball. She got Suzie Bates on the back foot with a yorker but she failed to find the outside edge. She then bowl one just outside off, which Bates got a good stride on and play high to get the edge, only to catch by the keeper.
The next ball saw the batter square up to Harmanpreet once again, but this time she was too short and the batter hit the ball with ease over the mid-on fielder’s head to score a boundary. Harmanpreet was quick buy back onto the back foot by the next ball, but she was quick enough to come back to the same length and bowl the batter an inside edge, before completing her over with a wide.
After collecting two boundaries in her first over, Harmanpreet came back again in the fourth over and had the same length once again. Still, this time the batter was just too far inside the line and Harmanpreet was quick enough to collect the ball and run her out without any fuss. This is what we call a match-winning performance from a bowler.
Suzie Bates stays unbeaten to seal victory for India
If you look back at the matches played throughout the World T20, Suzie Bates’ unbeaten knock of 65 off just 37 balls will stand out as one of the most remarkable. Australia had not been able to find the right opening combination to get starts against India, but on Sunday, Bates did just that. She began the partnership for her team by reaching her fifty off just 32 deliveries, reaching the mark off just five balls.
With a boundary from the first ball she faced. Bates then played a brilliant cover drive off Harmanpreet Kaur and followed that up by hitting a straight six off the next delivery. She then came back with a boundary off her off-stump, before hitting a six off her leg-stump and a six off her off-stump again.
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The final six came off her pads and sealed the game for her team when the Indians had lost their last six wickets for 14 runs. It was an innings that showcased how the game should play and she was the fighter who help her team regain the lost momentum and end the tournament as runners-up.
All parters play their part in winning the game for India
The final was one that was closely fought from start to finish, but there was one moment in the game where Suzie Bates hit a six off Harmanpreet Kaur and the rest of the batters also came together to help their captain reach her century. With the score on 156 for 5 in the 18th over, Bates top scored for her team and hit a four to bring up her fifty off just 37 balls.
The run rate was very low and India needed 23 runs off the last over, which would have looked difficult for any other team. But Suzie Bates was not one to let her team down. She hit a boundary off the first ball and then played a brilliant back foot cover drive off the second ball, which went through the empty mid-off area to raise the run rate. The next ball saw Bates hit a six over the field, which went to the fence at the same place as the previous ball and helped her team to win the game by five runs.
This win has put the Indian women’s team in the spotlight and will encourage more girls to play the game. This is the best way to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Indian women’s team has been doing well for a long time now and with this win, they have added another feather to their caps. I wish both the teams the best and hope that the men’s team also starts performing well soon. This article is write by Aditi, a 15-year-old girl from Mumbai. She hopes to become an Air Hostess in the future.