HIGHLIGHTS

 

⚬ The Women’s WT20 ended with Australia clinching the title

 

⚬ Alyssa Healy was adjudged the Player of the Tournament

 

⚬ The bowlers had a field time in the tournament in West Indies, but some batters left their mark as well.


With 270 wickets falling over 22 games, the recently-concluded Women’s World T20 was a memorable tournament, especially for the bowlers. However, there were some standout moments too with the bat, and here are the five players who left their mark in the tournament.

 

Alyssa Healy – Australia

The Player of the Tournament amassed 225 runs and was crucial to her side’s charge to the crown. She scored 225 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 14/23 and was the Player of the Match in 4 of the 5 games she batted in.

Healy started the tournament with a bang, scoring 48 off 29 deliveries against Pakistan and continued in the next game against Ireland as well, scoring 56 in 31 balls. She took the responsibility on a two-paced wicket at Antigua in the semis as well, scoring a cautious 38-ball 46 to help Australia pip Windies in the top-four.

 

Harmanpreet Kaur – India

The Indian started the tournament with a bang, scoring 193 in just 51 deliveries against New Zealand. Though Harman was unable to score many runs after that, she looked at ease and got starts, but perished while looking to up the ante. Against Australia, she managed to score a cautious-yet-aggressive 43 in 27 deliveries and looked to steady the ship in the semis against England as well, but the lack of support meant that she was the lone player fighting.

 

Natalie Sciver – England

Bowling around the 70mph-mark, Natalie Sciver took on the responsibility of leading England’s pace attack in the absence of Katherine Brunt. With a new action, she made a mark almost immediately as she ended with figures of 1 for 7 against Bangladesh. In the next game, against South Africa, Sciver ended with 4-1-4-3 and though she was unable to pick a wicket henceforth, she bowled economically and was effective.

In the semis against India, the all-rounder shone with the bat, taking her side across the line with an unbeaten 52 in what was a tricky run-chase.

 

Deandra Dottin – West Indies

Dottin started off with an electrifying spell of 5 for 5 against Bangladesh and ended with 10 wickets from 5 matches. She bowled with an economy rate of 5.63 and was the standout bowler in the league stages. She was in form with the bat as well, scoring 49 in 35 deliveries against Sri Lanka and then following it up with 46 against the English side. The West Indian can be termed as the ‘all-rounder of the WT20’ as well.

 

Ashleigh Gardner – Australia

Gardner displayed maturity and kept her nerves under pressure in the finals to help her side clinch the WT20. Gardner ended with figures of 3 for 22 with the ball, thus taking her wickets tally to 10 in the tournament, and then returned with the bat against England, scoring 33 in a tricky run-chase on a tough wicket. Her all-around efforts in a crucial game see her pip premier all-rounder Ellyse Perry, who took 9 wickets in the tournament, for a spot in this list.

2 COMMENTS

  1. […] Healy’s first appearance in school cricket drew a lot of attention. That was the first time that a female player was picked to play among boys. An email criticizing this approach with the title “Save Barker Cricket Now” circulated. The coach and various other dignified persons including Ian Healy insisted that Healy’s selection was perfect and made on merit. She also proved her caliber and debuted for Australia in her teens. […]

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