India’s win against Australia in the semifinal shows that it won’t be easy match for England in the Final at Lord’s. This was the 2nd time India were playing in the Final of Women’s World Cup. As Indian team started their campaign with win against England so Indian supporter also confident about the win.
England won the toss & elected to bat first. England opener gave steady start and after 11 over England opener scored 47 runs. But in next 5 overs, England lost 3 wickets and England team were in trouble 3 for 63. Then Sarah Taylor (45) & Sciver (51) added 87 runs for 4th wicket & then Jhulan Goswami took 2 wickets on 2 balls and England lost 3 quick wickets in 5 over span and Indian team were in commanding position. At the end, Brunt & Gunn added important 34 & 25* runs respectively and after 50 overs England scored 228 runs. From India experienced bowler Jhulan Goswami took 3 wickets, Poonam Yadav took 2 wickets and Rajeshwari took 1 wicket.
Indian team record was not good while chasing. But Indian team, as well as Indian supporters, want to change the history. To chase down 228 Indian team required good start from opener but Smriti Mandhana got out in 2nd over. After this Mithali Raj got out after scoring 17 runs and India 2 for 43 in 12.1 over. Then all eyes on next batter Harmanpreet Kaur. At the start Harmanpreet unable to rotate the strike but after playing 30 balls she back into her zone and she started playing attacking cricket and both added 96 runs for 3rd wicket. Both maintain the required run rate. After Harmanpreet (51) got out for Punam (86) & Veda (34) added 52 runs for 4th wickets that time Indian team were in commanding position but then india lost 4 wickets in next 10 runs that gave advantage to England team. Deepti Sharma & Shikha Pandey gave some hope but that were not enough to cross the winning line and India lost the match by just 9 runs. For England Anya Shrubsole took 6 wickets & Alex Heartily took 2 wickets. Anya Shrubsole awarded by player of the match for her 6 for 46 where Tammy Beaumont awarded by player of the tournament for 410 runs in the world cup. Win & lost are the part of game but the way Indian girls played in the world cup that won the heart of each indian.
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