Australia's openers ruthlessly made India pay for two early errors that effectively cost them Sunday night's Women's T20 World Cup final.
Beth Mooney (78 not out) and Alyssa Healy (75 runs off 39 balls) were phenomenal in an opening stand that set up a record total of 4-184.
The score marked the best total in any International T20 final (men's or women's), breaking the West Indies' previous mark of 161 in the 2016 decider against England.
Things could have been much different for India though, if it weren't for a pair of mistakes that came back to bite the visitors hard.
Aussie opener Healy made her intentions clear from the outset, smashing two boundaries in the first over, including a four off the very first ball.
However, the Indians should have sent the Aussie danger woman packing when she spooned a shot to Shafali Verma at cover.
To the dismay of Indian fans around the world, the teenager put down the chance to get Healy out cheaply and the 29-year-old ruthlessly made them pay.
Healy would go on to make a match-winning 75 (off just 39 deliveries) to rub salt into India wounds.
However, the pain for the visitors wasn't over there with India also squandering the chance to get out Healy's opening partner Beth Mooney.
Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad grassed the chance to catch out Mooney, with both blunders effectively costing India 136 runs and the match.
Fans pulled no punches about the significance of the dropped catches in a series of social media posts.
Some trouble early for India who has already dropped Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney once each.— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 8, 2020
After five overs, Australia is 0-47!
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Shefali verma dropped the world cup in 1st over of the match #INDvAUS— vishu (@k_vishwas) March 8, 2020
#T20WorldCup #INDvAUS— Rajkumar M (@raj_kumar48) March 8, 2020
Shafali dropped the World cup for India by the dropping easy catch in first over of Healy letting her score a fierce fifty!!
🇮🇳s chances are slimming down!!
Come on @ImHarmanpreet, bring a change on your birthday!!!
Shafali verma has dropped the World Cup. https://t.co/CbtZr0ydH6— Ankur Yadav (@AnkYadav11) March 8, 2020
Fearless Australian opener Healy described her Twenty20 World Cup final experience as a dream that will never be topped.
The wicketkeeper was all smiles walking out on the MCG in front of the biggest women's cricket crowd in history.
That grin never disappeared during the final as she blasted her way into Australian cricket folklore.
On a landmark evening for women's sport, Healy's star shone bright as her destructive batting shellshocked India.
‘It's a dream come true’
The 29-year-old said she felt calm heading out to bat in front of 86,174 fans.
"I don't think anything's ever going to top that," she said.
"For me, I never thought I would get the opportunity to do something as cool as what we did today and play in front of almost 90,000 people in a home World Cup final.
"It's a dream come true for me.
"I enjoyed every single minute. We just went out there and enjoyed the moment and we enjoy what we're able to create.
"Cricket's done some really amazing things in this country for female athletes and tonight was really just a celebration of that.
"Oddly the group was really calm ... I've never seen the group quite that calm and it was the same in the semi-final."
She entered the World Cup seriously out-of-form, scoring 15 runs at just three across five games against England and India.
ALYSSA HEALY & MITCHELL STARC ARE GOALS. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/mXJawSqWNm— Pratik (@Prat1k_) March 8, 2020
But she never got down on herself, neither did the team, and knew she would eventually turn it around.
"I was getting the same feedback from everyone ... that's my role in the side (is to play aggressive)," Healy said.
"I've had an unbelievable ride over the last two years with not a lot of low scores so for me it (a form slump) was always bound to happen."
Healy says she will claim bragging rights on her husband Mitchell Starc, who flew back from South Africa to watch the final.
Fast bowler Starc skittled New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum's wicket in a famous first over of the 2015 men's World Cup final on the same ground.