Team India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was extremely confident ahead of the final of the ICC T20 World Cup against hosts Australia, following an unbeaten campaign so far. Harmanpreet highlighted the excellent performances of the bowling attack through thick and thin, as well as the sublime knocks of opener Shafali Verma. However, what the 31-year-old failed to account for was an extraordinary show by Australian opener Alyssa Healy, who smashed the ball to all corners of the ground under pressure. Alyssa's knock of 75 runs off 39 deliveries in an innings comprising of seven boundaries and five sixes, put the Aussies right on top enabling them to post an excellent total of 184 runs on the board.
The Indian bowlers had no option but to act as mute spectators, after the opener's onslaught which put them out of contention in an all-important final. Some have even gone to the extent of terming Alyssa's knock as being in the same league as legendary cricketer Adam Gilchrist's ton in the final of the ODI World Cup 2007. The India women failed to handle the pressure of chasing down a total as huge as 185, losing wickets tamely and at regular intervals, enabling Australia to emerge triumphant by 85 runs.
When Harmanpreet and coach WV Raman sit down to analyse the game, they will certainly think back upon three instances where the swashbuckling opener was let off the hook. Let's take an in-depth look into the clash, by identifying three such major game-changing moments:
By Arnab Mukherji
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