The Maharashtra government on Friday announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh each for five members of the Indian women’s team for their spectacular performance in the ICC World Cup. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram and Poonam Raut in his office and said that he was proud of the girls.

“Their performance was watched with much excitement by the entire country, they have made us proud,” Fadnavis said.

The Maharashtra CM also met Trupti Bhattacharya, the manager of the team and Rashmi Pawar, the physiotherapist for Indian women cricketers’ team.

The Mumbai Cricket also announced a reward of Rs five lakh each for Raut, Mandhana and Meshram, TOI reported.

India suffered a spectacular middle and lower order batting collapse to lose by nine runs to England in a nail-biting final of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the Lords cricket ground in England.

Electing to bat first, England produced a competitive total of 228 for seven in their 50 overs.

The Indian eves rode on half-centuries from opener Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur to almost overhauling the target.

Punam scored 86 runs off 115 balls while Harmanpreet scored 51 off 80.

Punam and Harmanpreet added 95 runs between them in 128 balls and helped to steady the Indian innings following the loss of two early wickets.

However, the Indian eves seemed to lose their wits towards the end, losing seven wickets for just 28 runs to be all out for 219 runs in 48.4 overs.

(With IANS inputs)

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