Women’s T20 WC: Ahead of final, Katy Perry meets Harmanpreet & Co.

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Melbourne, March 7 (IANS) Global music superstar Katy Perry on Saturday met the Indian cricket team at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where they would face Australia in the much-anticipated final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on Sunday — International Women’s Day.

Perry met another famous Perry, injured Australian star Ellyse Perry who presented the pop icon with a ‘Perry’ Australian shirt and also met Australian fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck and the full Indian squad, led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur.

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Perry, who is expecting her first child with fiance and Hollywood actod Orland Bloom, will on Sunday perform two songs to get the final underway followed by a one-hour post-match concert, with her full band.

Speaking to reporters a day before her performance, Perry said: “It’s gonna be female-centric. There’s gonna be a lots of female symbolism. It’s going to be my first show that I will be playing while I am pregnant, that’s going to have it’s own female-centric vibe about it. There’s going to be lots of strong messages and music through the show.

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“In an event like this that’s so big, there are so many different people of age-ranges that are watching and listening, from 8 to 80 maybe, and lots of international people. So I’m going to give them what they know. I am not going shoot myself in the foot. You came for Roar you came for Firework and that is what I am going to give you.”

More than 75,000 seats have been sold so far for the showpiece at the MCG. Also, the final presents an opportunity to set a new record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture, bidding to beat the 90,185 set at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final in the USA.

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