England cricket team defeated India on Sunday by 9 runs in a nail-biting Women’s Cricket World Cup final played at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. English bowler Anya Shrubsole was named Player of the Match as she single-handedly demolished Indian batting line-up, picking up 6 wickets at the expense of 46 runs.

Undoubtedly, Indian cricket team was hungry for glory but English eves were, perceptibly throughout the match, hungrier. The guests showed true character and won the battle of nerves against the travelling Indian cricketers.

England landed a phenomenal Women’s Cricket World Cup title for the 4th time in their cricketing history, making them the second most successful team in the tournament after Australia, which has 6 titles.

England captain Heather Knight won the toss and elected to bat first at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, which was hosting Indian cricket team for the third time ever. The hosts got off to a steady start till Indian spinner Poonam Yadav struck twice and dismantled the top order of English team.

Wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor (45) and Natalie Sciver (51) took the charge and took England from a troublesome score of 43/3 to a comfortable 143/3, putting up a crucial 83-run partnership together.

After having a quiet first bowling spelling, Jhulan Goswami roared back in the game and put England at the backfoot by picking up 3 wickets in quick succession. She totally thwarted the middle-order batting of England and arguably, restricted visitors from posting a big total.

Chasing the target of 229 runs, Indian eves started miserably as they lost their first wicket, Smriti Mandhana, in the second over. It wasn’t long India got reduced to 43/2 when they lost their star batter and captain Mithali Raj at a score of 17.

Indian opener Punam Raut made tough work of English bowlers and was the lone star of a lamentable Indian batting line-up as she scored a commendable 86 runs.

Continuing her heroics from the semi final game against Australia, Harmanpreet Kaur established a formidable partnership which fell just 5 runs short of a 100 with Raut. Harmanpreet scored a knock of 51 runs.

It was a dominant score of 191/3 when Punam Raut got dismissed but it was after her dismissal when things went haywire for India and wickets started falling for them. England bowlers made sure to leave no room for comeback for Indian batters and bundled the visitors within 28 runs. India got all out at 219, falling short of 9 runs from the target.

First Published | 23 July 2017 11:44 PM
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