England captain Heather Knight won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Sunday.
Both teams have decided to field unchanged line-ups for the summit clash. This is the second time that the Indian eves have reached the final. They reached the World Cup final for the first time in 2005 when they lost to Australia by 98 runs. “We would have batted but seamers are back in form so I am sure they will use these conditions. These girls are fearless, they are very confident and ready to step up for the big challenge,” said an upbeat India captain Mithali Raj ahead of the game.
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10:10 PM | England lifts their 4th Women’s Cricket World Cup as India narrowly misses out on their first ever triumph at the tournament after tumbling in the death overs of the game. England bundles up India at 219 runs and wins the match by 9 runs.
10:07 PM | OUT! Deepti Sharma departs. England has got one hand on the Women’s World Cup here. India needs 11 off 10 balls.
10:02 PM | Run out! Shikha Pandey was ‘miles’ away from the crease as Taylor took her bails off. India needs 11 runs off 15 balls with two wickets in hand.
09:55 PM | It is a nail biting contest! England bowlers are leaving nothing for granted to Indian batters as they have put the visitors under immense pressure. India is reduced to 208/7 after 46 overs.
India needs 21 off 24 deliveries with 3 wickets remaining.
09:50 PM | What’s happening out there? Jhulan Goswami goes out for a duck. Indian fast bowler fails to read an inswinger from Shrubsole.
09:47 PM | And that’s out! It’s raining wickets at Lord’s. Krishnamurthy (35) tries a big shot and fails to connect the ball with bat, giving a sitter to Sciver.
09:40 PM | OUT! Sushma Verma out for duck. India looks in trouble now as England bowlers have turned around the game in two overs.
09:37 PM | Huge blow to India! Set batter Punam Raut (86) departs. India 191/4 in 43 overs.
09:35 PM | Punam Raut (86) is on fire! Hits back-to-back boundaries.
09:30 PM | India continues to pile pressure on England in the final match which seems like could go to the wire. Punam Raut is unbeaten at 84 and Krishnamurthy is at the crease with her playing at 17. India 178/3 in 41 overs.
The visitors need 51 runs off 54 deliveries to create history.
09:10 PM | India 154 /3 after 36 overs. Punam Raut has certainly lead with example as she is 68 not out at the crease. Krishnamurthy (11) is at the other end.
India now needs 74 runs from 84 balls.
08:56 PM | OUT! Kaur goes for a big shot but is caught by Beaumont in the deep leg. She departs at 51. India 138/3 after 33.3 overs.
08:55 PM | Half century for Harmanpreet Kaur! It seems like she has carried her fine knock from last game to this final. India 136/2 after 33 overs.
08:40 PM | Punam Raut completes her half-century in style! The opener has lead the charge for India with example and is still looking strong at the crease. Harmanpreet Kaur is not out at 46. India 120/2 in 30 overs.
08:30 PM | India crosses 100-run mark!
08:24 PM | After a slow start to their innings, Indian duo of Raut (39) and Kaur (32) have put their play in second gear now. From 43/2, they have put up a much needed partnership of 49 runs so far and India is now at 92/2 after 25 overs.
08:05 PM | England bowlers have been far too economical and have restricted Indian batters, effectively. Raut is playing at 31 having faced 50 deliveries while Kaur is at 17 in 37 balls. India 70/2 after 20 overs.
07:48 PM | Punam Raut (24) looks determined at the crease and is being assisted by Harmanpreet Kaur (6), who will be gunning to repeat her heroics of the World Cup semi-final against Australia, at the other end. India 50/2 after 15 overs.
07:36 PM | Big blow for India! Mithali departs after being run out at the score of 17. India struggling at 43/2 in 12.1 overs.
07:30 PM | Indian opener Punam Raut (17) and captain Mithali Raj (11) have steadied the score for guests. After an early blemish, India is now 31/1 after 10 overs.
07:20 PM | Punam Raut goes big and smashes the ball all the way for SIX!
07:10 PM | India dealt an early blow in the second over of the game as Smriti Mandhana walked back to pavillion without opening score. Mithali Raj (6) and Punam Raut (9) are leading the charge for Indian Eves. India 18/1 after 5 overs.
07:00 PM | Shrubsole strikes! Dismisses Mandhana for a duck. Captain Mithali Raj comes to the crease now. India 6/1 in 2 overs.
And we are back again, folks!
England kicked-off the game with a steady start but Poonam Yadav neatly dismantled the top order of the hosts. The batting duo of Sarah Taylor (45) and Natalie Sciver (51) took on the helm and got English team out of the trouble, putting up a crucial partnership of 83 runs.
Then Jhulan Goswami came to the fore and completely shattered the spine and hopes of England putting up a big score. The legendary Indian picked up 3 scalps.
Katherine Brunt played a knock of 34 runs and helped England put up a fighting total of 228 before getting dismissed.
Fans are raring to see how Mithali Raj and co will approach the game now!
06:23 PM | England finishes innings at 228/7
06:05 PM | That’s OUT! Brunt fell prey to Deepti Sharma’s direct hit. England 196/7 after 46 overs.
06:00 PM | Katherine Brunt (31) is leading the charge for England and looks adamant to help his side put up a respectable total in the biggest showdown of Women’s cricket. Helping her on the other side of the crease is Junny Gunn, playing at 6. England 192/6 after 45 overs.
05:45 PM | End of a bowling brilliant spell by Goswami. (10-2-23-3)
Indian bowling spearhead Jhulan Goswami has owned the game so far by breaking the spine of England’s middle order. She grabbed 3 quick wickets and sent dangerous looking duo of Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver back to pavillion. Brunt (12) and Gunn (0) at crease. England 167/6 after 40 overs.
05:33 PM | England in trouble now! Natalie Sciver dismissed by Jhulan Goswami at a score of 51. England 164/6 after 37.1 overs.
05:28 PM | Commendable! Natalie Sciver scores a crucial half century for England in 65 deliveries.
05:20 PM | Now that’s called shaking things a little! Just when England were piling up pressure on India, Jhulan Goswami wreaks havoc at the middle order batting line-up of hosts and grabs two successive wickets before missing out on a hat-trick. Natalie Sciver (48) is still at crease with Katherine Brunt (5). England 155/5 after 35 overs.
05:14 PM | Goswami narrowly misses on hat-trick.
05:12 PM | Simply world class stuff from Goswami! Fran Wilson fails to read an in-swinger from Indian bowler, dismissed without opening score. England 146/5 after 33.5 overs.
05:10 PM | OUT! Jhulan Goswami breaks the strong-looking partnership. Taylor walks back after playing a knock of 45 runs, England 146/4 after 32.4 overs.
05:00 PM | Natalie Sciver (39) and Sarah Taylor (39) haven’t looked back since England was reduced to 63/3. They have put up a solid partnership of 60 runs and are still going strong. England 133/3 after 30 overs.
04:40 PM | Taylor (26) and Sciver (25) have hit the ground running! England looks comfortable at 104/3 in 25 overs as Indian bowlers hunt for another breakthrough.
04:25 PM | England looking more settled now after losing couple of wickets in quick succession. Natalie Sciver (13) and Sarah Taylor (14) are at the crease. England 80/3 in 20 overs.
04:10 PM | Poonam Yadav is at it again! England captain Heather Knight dismissed at a meagre score of 1. England 63/3 in 16.1 overs.
04:02 PM | Economic and fruitful last 5 overs from India. After a steady start from the English team, they now find themselves at 62/2 after 15 overs. Sarah Taylor (17) is at the crease with Heather Knight (0) .
03:58 PM | Poonam Yadav strikes! Tammy Beaumont walks back to pavillion. England 61/2 in 14.4 overs
03:45 PM | Breakthrough for India! Gayakwad dismisses Winfield. England 47/1 after 11.1 overs.
03:38 PM | That’s a maiden over from Gayakwad. England at a comfortable score of 43 for no loss in 10 overs.
03:21 PM | England 21/0 after 5 overs.
England: Lauren Winfield, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor (wicket-keeper), Heather Knight (captain), Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Alex Hartley.
India: Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma(wicket-keeper), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav.