Women's T20 World Cup: Top 5 performers
From Beth Mooney's Player of the Tournament heroics to Poonam Yadav's magical leg spin, here are the top 5 performers of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup.
Beth Mooney finished the T20 World Cup with an average of almost 65 and a strike rate of 125 +. Her unbeaten 78-run knock in the final that came off just 54 deliveries at a strike rate of 144.44 and included 10 boundaries took her tournament run tally to 259 as she finished at the top of the batting charts. The Australian opener scored three half-centuries in the tournament and the best of unbeaten 81.
Mooney, who has already won two Player of the the Match awards in Women's Big Bash League finals, was rightfully awarded the Player of the tournament of the World Cup.
Mooney's team mate and partner in crime, Alyssa Healy finished the tournament just below her in the run charts with 236 runs from 6 matches at an average of a tick under 40. But, it was her strike rate of 156.29 which made the biggest impact.
The wicketkeeper was out of form before the beginning of the tournament but got into her work quickly as she rattled off three half-centuries. A lion's share of her runs came in boundaries as Healy hit 28 fours and 9 sixes in the tournament.
It was her 75-run knock and the 115-run opening stand with Beth Mooney that took Australia to a point of no descendancy in the World Cup final. She walked away with the Player of the Match award for her blistering performance.
Poonam Yadav turned out to be the talisman for India, especially in the first half of the tournament. She initially missed the Women's tri-series which India played alongside England and Australia just before the beginning of the World Cup due to a hand injury.
However, Yadav never looked rusty as she made a famous return with figures of 4-19 in her opening match against Australia which helped India trump the hosts by 17 runs and kick off the tournament in sublime fashion.
The leg spinner followed it up with figures of 3-18 in her next game against Bangladesh. However, her performances tapered off towards the end as the spinner ended with figures of 1-32 and 1-20 in the last two league games. When it mattered the most, she could only manage one wicket while conceding 30 runs in the final as India suffered an embarrassing 85-run defeat.
In the absence of Tyla Vlaeminck, the onus of the Aussie pace attack fell on the shoulders of Megan Schutt. She did not have a great beginning, picking up only one wicket in her first two matches. However, the pacer hit her straps from the third game against Bangladesh and kept improving.
She bagged figures of 3-28 and 2-17 in the last league match against New Zealand and the semi-final against South Africa respectively. Some of the death bowling from her in the must-win match against New Zealand was truly sensational.
In the final game as well, Schutt backed up her pre-match statements with figures of 4-18 that never allowed India any momentum through their run chase.
Sri Lanka's Shashikala Siriwardene bid goodbye to game with the team's nine wicket win over Bangladesh. It was fitting that her figures of 4-16 in her final game were at the centre of Sri Lanka's biggest win in a World Cup.
She struck in her very first over of the match dismissing Murshida Khatun. The seasoned spinner was back in the 13th over to dismiss Rumana Ahmed. Siriwardene also bowled the penultimate over of the innings, giving away just four runs while picking up two wickets, ending the World Cup with 7 wickets at 14.14.
Siriwardene received the Player of the Match award for her efforts.
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