That's it from the presentation ceremony and this tournament! I am Anirudh, signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Nikhil and our scorer Chandan! It was amazing to bring the live ball-by-ball coverage of this historic match, see you on the next one!
Tornadoes Captain | Stafanie Taylor: "It's a really wonderful feeling, I said the same in the press conference last night, we were elated and some of us to go into the finals for the first time and win the trophy. Special mention Sunne who was amazing through out the tournament. Sterre was fantastic, both her and Sophie compliment each other well. To see the start we got today, that propelled us to victory. Captaincy was easy, maybe because three of us are captains in this team. Sophie was brilliant, she captained two times, so it was nice to split roles. This tournament has been fantastic, hopefully it will be bigger next year!"
Tornadoes walk up to the stage to collect their WINNER'S TROPHY!
Marizanne Kapp: "Bowling didn't go my way today, if I would've bowled better we would have got over the line. I'm someone who likes to prepare, the last 10 days have been tough but happy to be a part of this brilliant tournament. Its been amazing to see smiles on their face, they have surprised me and there is some really great talent out there."
Marizanne Kapp is the Player of the Match!
Falcons Captain | Susie Bates: "So proud of the way we fought today, things didn't go quite well today, credit to the Tornadoes' fielding. This team has come together in a special way in a short time period, brilliant to be a part of it. A huge thanks to everyone who made this tournament happen, and hopefully we can start some relationships to grow the game globally."
Falcons walk up to the stage to collect their runner-up medallions!
Anirudh: Good to see Simon Taufel back on the screen again!
Time for the presentation ceremony!
Sophie Ecclestone was the highest wicket taker of the tournament with 17 wickets.
Chamari Athapaththu was the highest run scorer of the tournament with 313 runs.
AND TORNADOES WOMEN ARE THE FIRST EVER SDG FAIRBREAK INVITATIONAL T20 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS! HUGE HUGE MOMENT, A PIECE OF HISTORY, A TRULY SPECIAL MOMENT FOR THE WOMEN WARRIORS OUT THERE!
Diana Baig seems like the leader of this celebration as she leads her team into a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque moment. A dream run for the Tornadoes through the end phases of the tournament makes them deserved champions!
Today, it all started by winning the first half of the match. Some brilliant bowling by the Tornadoes' bowlers put Falcons under pressure. But an excellent comeback by Marianne Kapp ensured they ended up with a fighting total on the board.
Chasing down 152 in the second innings, Tornadoes' openers carried on their good form with Sophie Devine providing the early fireworks and Sterre Kalis playing the anchor role, ending up with 44 runs from 41 deliveries. Her untimely fall of wicket, put the momentum back in the Falcons' favor but Stafanie Taylor and Sunne Luus had ideas of their own.
The skipper led from the front as she delivered a captain's knock of 34 runs in 30 balls and Sune Luus was magical from the moment she entered, Scoring a brisk 18 runs off 9 balls, she hit the winning shot of the tournament as her boundary made Tornadoes champions!
Disappointment for Falcons but a fighting performance from them. Every final has to have a winner and unfortunately for them, it wasn't their day. Kudos to both the teams for giving us a thrilling finale! This one will be etched in history, these women will be etched in history! We were privileged and honored to be a part of it and bring you the best action from this beautiful tournament!
19.1 G Shukla to S Luus
4 FOURRRRRRRR!!!! LUUS WASTES NO TIME AND WINS THE GAME, THE SET, THE MATCH AND THR TROPHY FOR TORNADOES! Good length delivery, outside the off stump, Luus cut lifts it over the point region to send the ball bouncing away to the CHAMPIONSHIP! BRILLIANT ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!
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18.6 C Athapaththu to S Luus
1 Single to end the penultimate over, full length delivery, on the leg stump, driven towards long on to come within 4 runs of victory.
18.5 C Athapaththu to S Luus
0 Anti-climatic follow up from the six, good length delivery, on the pads, pushes it straight to mid-wicket.
18.4 C Athapaththu to S Luus
6 SIXXXXXXX!!!! IS THAT THE KNOCKOUT BLOW? WHAT A SHOT! Full length delivery, on the off stump, Luus clears her front foot fearlessly and lifts it well over the long off boundary for a MAXIMUM!
18.3 C Athapaththu to S Taylor
1 Full length delivery, outside the off stump, drilled towards cover point and a brilliant piece of fielding to save 3 runs for her team!