Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2022 Women’s World Cup Final between Australia and England from the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
CWC 2022 FINAL LIVE SCORE: Australia Women (32 for 0 in 9 overs) vs England Women.
7am IST: Bowling Change – Nat Sciver Replaces Katherine Brunt
Captain Heather Knight’s first bowling change. Nat Sciver, the medium pacer, is the first change bowler. She replaces Katherine Brunt who kept it tight in the first period and gave away just 17 in 4 overs.
6:50am IST: Brunt, Shrubsole keeps Australia openers silent
Australia openers Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy have started cautiously. They are so used to the big stage. Shurbsole and Brunt bowled well and made good use of the conditions provided.
The defining aspect of the game is Sophie Ecclestone’s quota of 10 overs. The world’s number 1 spinner was on fire at CWC 2022, taking 20 wickets so far.
06:42 am IST: First meeting in the final since 1988
Australia and England have won 10 titles together, but this is the first time since 1988 that the two powerhouses have met in the final of the 50-over World Cup.
6:37am IST: A cautious start from Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes
The first border of the final comes over in the 2nd with Haynes. Anya Shrubsole misses the line and drives it past the leg. An easy flick for a border.
Watch out for the battle between Brunt and Healy. Can the aggressive Australian wicketkeeper bater make a quick start here?
6:15 a.m. IST: Captains’ Corner – Knight explains bold call at the coin toss
“It’s a new wicket and hopefully dew will come into play later on. We have bowled very well here and batted well. We know the conditions well and hopefully we can use that to our advantage,” said England captain Knight, as she defended decision to opt for bowling.
Happy to bat first, says Meg Lanning
“We’ve hit the first few times in this tournament and we’ve done really well. I usually lose the toss anyway, I definitely tend to bat first, and we’re really happy with that, and I think the conditions over the the whole tournament will be very good. the day.”
6am IST: The Playing XIs are Out – Ellyse Perry Returns to Australia
England Women: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (Captain), Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones (World Cup), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlotte Dean, Anya Shrubsole
Australia Women: Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (World Cup), Meg Lanning (Captain), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
6am IST: England won the toss, chose to bowl
Heather Knight gets it right at the toss. England chose to bowl. Is it the right call? Running on the board in the grand finale helps, doesn’t it? Bold call from the defending champion.
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Preview women’s World Cup final: what to expect from the big clash?
After beating South Africa by 137 runs, England will look to stop six-time winner Australia from winning the 7th title of the Women’s World Cup (WCC) 2022. Australia will be out to underline their credentials and strive for it to aim for the title for the seventh time when it takes on England in the ultimate showdown on Sunday in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Both England and Australia are marching to the big day in their own way and will face each other in an ICC World Cup final for the first time in 34 years. The two sides started their campaigns together in Hamilton almost a month ago.
Defending champions England are determined not to give up the trophy easily and captain Heather Knight hopes the experience gained from winning the 2017 WCC can help her team beat hot Australia for this year’s title.
Four-time champions England, who have struggled since losing their first three games, stormed into the semi-finals with a resounding victory over Bangladesh. They defeated second-ranked South Africa by 137 runs to reach the final for the sixth time.
“We’ve been mistreated a few times in the last few months, but being here in a World Cup final is amazing. We’re going in as an underdog, which is certainly fair (but) what a story has been written for us as we’re going to beat them on Sunday. We’re going in as equals. There’s a clean slate. There’s no pressure at all on us to get it right,” skipper Heather Knight told the BBC.