Australia beat India to win the inaugural T20 Commonwealth Games gold medal ©Getty Images

Australia beat India by nine runs to win the first Commonwealth Games gold medals in women’s T20 cricket here.

The final at Edgbaston Cricket Ground proved to be another captivating match which ebbed and flowed throughout.

Australia chose to bat first and after Alyssa Healy departed early to Ranuka Singh for seven, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning forged a second wicket partnership of 74.

Australia slowed when Lanning was run out for 36.

Tahlia McGrath had been allowed to play despite testing positive for COVID but she was dismissed for two as Yadav took a good catch off the bowling of Deepti Sharma.

Gardner joined Mooney in a stand of 38 for the fourth wicket which restored the momentum to the innings.

Mooney eventually went for 61, but Rachael Haynes scored a brisk 18 as they totalled 161 for 8.

India made a rapid start to their innings but the early departure of the stylish Smriti Mandhana and fellow opener Shafali Verma were major setbacks.

Yet when skipper Harmanpreet Kaur put on 96 for the third wicket with Jemimah Rodrigues, Indian hopes were raised.

Beth Mooney top scored for Australia with 61 in the gold medal match against India ©Getty Images
Beth Mooney top scored for Australia with 61 in the gold medal match against India ©Getty Images

Megan Schutt put the brakes on, by dismissing Rodrigues for a run a ball 33.

Ashleigh Gardner removed Harmanpreet Kaur for 65 and Pooja Vastraka for a single in successive deliveries.

"We could easily have won this game," reflected Kaur afterwards.

"This is something we have to learn whenever we get to this situation as a team we have to fight hard."

There were three run outs in the latter part of the Indian innings before Jess Jonassen trapped Yastika Bhatia off the last ball to ensure Australia’s victory by nine runs.

"We scrapped our way through for the majority of our wins," Jonassen said.

Megan Schutt took two crucial wickets and admitted: "It means a lot more than I thought it would, being a part of the Commonwealth Games has been much more uplifting than what I thought it would be."

Earlier New Zealand had beaten England by eight wickets to claim bronze.

England were restricted to 110-7 in their 20 overs.

Although skipper Nat Sciver made 27, wicketkeeper Amy Jones contributed 26, while Sophie Ecclestone with 18 was the only other player to reach double figures.

Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates put on 54 for the first wicket to set New Zealand on the road to victory.

Devine finished unbeaten on 51 after an unbroken third wicket partnership with Amelia Kerr saw them home.

"A lot of people weren’t expecting us to take the bronze medal so it probably hasn’t sunk in, yet being able to take away a bit of not quite silverware but a bit of jewellery, this group is only going to go up," she added.