The 2017 Women’s World Cup was a dominating tournament for host nation France, who won all of their games and finished with five goals scored. The team that followed them home in second place were the Australians, who found themselves outclassed by England in an intense final.
The “women’s world cup winners list” is a list of the teams that have won the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The final was held on July 5, 2019 and Australia beat England in overtime to win their second consecutive title.
|Healy 170, Haynes 68, Shrubsole 3-46, Australia 356-5 (50 overs).|
|Sciver 148*, Jonassen 3-57, King 3-64, England 285 (43.4 overs)|
|Australia won by a margin of 71 runs.|
Australia’s victory against England in the Women’s World Cup confirmed their reputation as the world’s best international sports team.
In Christchurch, the Australians obliterated records on their route to adding the 50-over World Cup to their T20 World Cup and Ashes titles.
Alyssa Healy hit the best score in either a women’s or men’s World Cup final, smashing 170 off 138 balls. Her 160-run partnership with Rachael Haynes, as well as Australia’s 356-5 total, are both women’s final bests, with the latter being a record for any side versus England.
England, who were massive outsiders to retain their crown from 2017, will be kicking themselves for opting to bat first in ideal batting conditions. Healy and Haynes were also dropped in the same over.
In the face of such a massive chase, England lost too many wickets to ever be in contention, although Nat Sciver batted well for a century of her own.
When England were ultimately wiped out for 285, Sciver was 148 not out, with spinners Alana King and Jess Jonassen each taking three wickets in Australia’s 71-run victory.
It was a heartbreaking finish to England’s remarkable comeback, which saw them reach the final after losing their first three games.
Meanwhile, with a perfect record of nine victories from nine matches, Australia was declared world champions for the eighth time.
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The expectation was that England would need everything to go their way to upset an Australia team that had only lost one one-day international in their previous 38 matches.
Given England’s – and Australia’s – preference for chasing, Heather Knight’s decision to give up the chance to bat first appeared like a gift.
The reigning champs squandered the opportunity to put pressure on the Australians, who controlled the game throughout.
England’s bowling was not especially poor, but the missed catches were a major setback. Healy was playing some ridiculous strokes at the end, scoring runs at free.
Despite Sciver’s outstanding innings, the game was basically gone before halftime, with the most dramatic World Cup ever failing to reach the final it deserved.
Healy, the hero, leads Australia to victory.
Healy scored a century in Australia’s semi-final victory against the West Indies and then went on to deliver one of the greatest one-day innings ever.
In the face of some probing new-ball bowling, Australia took just 37 runs from the opening ten overs, making the onslaught all the more surprising.
When the drops arrived in the same Kate Cross over, Healy and Haynes, who made 68, were just beginning to run through the gears. Haynes, who was 47 at the time, eluded capture by posing as a diver. Healy had 41 when the ball ripped through Sciver’s clutches at mid-wicket, and Danni Wyatt wasted a chance at point.
Healy’s cue to go into overdrive came when he reached a half-century from 62 balls. She scored from all over the field, toying with England by hitting the ball where a fielder had just been moved. Healy’s second 50 came from 38 balls, and her third off just 29.
Beth Mooney entered after Haynes miscued to point and bludgeoned 62 from 47 balls in a stand of 156 in little over 16 overs. In a last ten overs of mayhem, Australia scored 120 runs.
Healy had hit 23 fours and was the first woman to reach 500 runs in a single World Cup by the time she was stumped off Anya Shrubsole.
Inside a sold-out Hagley Oval, everyone rose to honor Healy, Australia’s match-winner and player of the tournament.
England’s comeback comes to a halt with a decisive loss.
Given their three early losses, England’s mere presence in the final was a huge accomplishment. They were one wicket away from being knocked out if they lost against New Zealand.
They rallied with five consecutive victories and seemed to be at ease when the final started, only to be swept aside by the Australians.
Sophie Ecclestone, the tournament’s top wicket-taker, gave up 71 runs in her ten overs, experienced pacer Katherine Brunt gave up 69 in hers, and rookie off-spinner Charlie Dean was expected to take four wickets for 34 runs.
Only Shrubsole, England’s match-winner in the final five years ago, managed to avoid the carnage with a 3-46.
Despite the fact that England scored more swiftly than Australia on such a fantastic surface, only Sciver scored more than 27.
Despite the odds, she scored frequently on the leg side, often with cleverness, reaching three digits from 90 balls.
What would have happened if Sciver had been allowed to bat first in the first innings?
‘Amazing work,’ they said.
Heather Knight, England captain, says on Radio 5 Live: “Australia deserves credit. Alyssa Healy had a tremendous innings, and it was difficult for them to put that on the board in the final. We probably didn’t know what to do at times since they batted so well. It was an excellent track that was difficult to protect. In the chase, we put forth a valiant effort – Nat Sciver bowled an incredible innings. We’re sad, but Australia deserves credit for how they performed today.”
Meg Lanning, Australia’s captain: “That makes me very happy. This event had been on our thoughts for a long time, and there was no question in our minds that we wanted this trophy in our cabinet. It’s been an incredible effort over many years, and to see it come to a close like this is incredible.”
“Australia has had a professional domestic set-up for five or six years longer than England,” says ex-England spinner Alex Hartley. England just began a few of years ago, and Covid had a significant influence on the first year. We’ve had professional players in England for over a year, and we’ve only played 10 or 15 games.
“This Australia team has been playing domestic cricket for a long time. England may take some time to catch up, but they aren’t far behind, and that, I suppose, is the fascinating part.”
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