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Games-Australia beat India for T20 cricket gold, but sport was the big winner

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Birmingham — Australia Sunday India won the Commonwealth Games women's T20 cricket gold medal by beating India by nine runs in 2014, but the real winners were the sports that provided compelling competition and boosted the case for Olympic inclusion.

Women's cricket, part of the Commonwealth Games program for the first time, was one of Birmingham's most popular tickets. Notably, Sunday's heated final between top-ranked Australia and cricket-mad India.

India, trailing 162, appeared to be leading 118 for 2 midway through 15 overs but took three wickets, including key player Jemima Rodriguez (33) and captain Herman Pleet Kaul. Lost in quick succession and collapsed. (65).

India's low batting order couldn't keep up with the pressure and in the final over he was bowled out for 152, Australia's Ashley Gardner on his 3-16, Megan Shutt. was his 2-27.

This is no longer the case for the dominant Australian, who has won her last two T20 World Cups in 2018 and her 2020, and his over 50 World Cups earlier this year. was his one achievement.

Her performance in excellent bowling early on Sunday saw New Zealand beat England comfortably by eight wickets to claim the bronze medal.

Haley Jensen won his 3-24 win, with Franjonas and Sophie Devine each taking two wickets as England fell to 110-9 from 20 overs.

New Zealand captain Devine recorded his 51 unbeaten run and within 12 overs he finished chasing 111.

"This his Commonwealth Games has been a great experience," said England captain Nat Sciver. "The crowd shows that people really like to come watch.

'I want cricket to go to the Olympics.'"

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is also reportedly spending $3 million in lobbying to get the sport into the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic program.

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There was no better advertisement to show the impact cricket has on a multi-sport event than the sensational display at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

With more than 160,000 tickets sold, cricket is one of the most attended sports at the Olympics, and Birmingham, one of Britain's most diverse cities, is supporting the team. It was undoubtedly one of the most fun sports because we joined forces with.

The future of the sport of cricket is uncertain, but it is almost certain that her 2026 program in Victoria, Australia, will include the women's T20.

Hamilton, the Canadian city that hosted its first Olympic Games in 1930 and on the occasion of its centenary he bid to do so again in 2030, is already a cricketer. I am participating in the program.

Canada's head of tenders, Luis Fraporti, told Reuters it had secured commitments to build "a significant amount of cricket infrastructure."

"We have initiated discussions involving the provincial government who are very interested in cricket infrastructure and programming in Ontario," Fraporti said. (Reporting by Steve Keating in Birmingham; additional reporting by Manasi Patak in Bangalore; editing by Pritha Sarkar)