Shafali Verma couldn’t control her tears as India’s campaign at the Women’s T20 World Cup ended with a crushing defeat at the hands of Australia in the final.
Shafali Verma suffered a rare failure with the bat in the T20 World Cup final vs Australia (Getty Images)
- Shafali Verma got out for 2 in the final with India managing just 99 in reply to Australia’s 184 for 4
- Shafali broke down after the defeat and had to be consoled by Harmanpreet Kaur and Harleen Deol
- The 16-year-old opener finished as the 5th highest scorer with 163 runs from 5 matches at 32.60
India opener Shafali Verma was reduced to tears after their 85-run defeat against Australia in the Women’s T20 World Cup final against Australia in Melbourne on Sunday.
The 16-year-old Verma, who was easily the find of the tournament, failed to fire in the summit clash as India got bowled out for 99 during their 185-run chase against the Southern Stars at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Amidst the heartbreaking scenes in the Indian camp, Shafali had to be consoled by teammates Harmanpreet Kaur and Harleen Deol on the pitch even as they saw the Aussies celebrate their fifth title triumph.
Shafali though, was one of the biggest talking points in the tournament after her exploits in the group stage during which she amassed 161 runs in four games but could only add 2 more runs to her tally in the final to finish as the tournament’s 5th highest scorer.
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At 16 years and 40 days old, Shafali also became the youngest player (female or male) to feature in any ICC tournament final. The record was previously held by West Indies’ women’s cricketer Shaquana Quintyne when she played the ODI World Cup final in 2013 at an age of 17 years and 45 days old.
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The final was a match which Shafali would like to forget as quickly as possible as not only did she fail to fire with the bat, but also dropped an easy catch of Alyssa Healy in the first over of the game at extra-cover.
The dropped chance proved very costly for Harmanpreet Kaur’s team as Healy went on to score 75 off 39 balls with 7 boundaries and 5 sixes.
Her opening partnership of 115 runs with Beth Mooney (78 not out) laid the foundation for the hosts, who eventually managed to post 184 for 4 in 20 overs after electing to bat first.
India in reply lost Shafali in the 3rd ball of the first over bowled by Megan Schutt, who ended up grabbing 4 wickets in all. Schutts and Jess Jonassen (3/20) ran through the Indian batting lineup and bowled out the visitors inside the 20 overs.