ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Mithali Raj expects a run-fest in India-England final at Lord's

PTI, Jul, 22 2017

London: Mithali Raj is predicting plenty of runs at Lord's where India take on hosts England in a mouth-watering Women's World Cup final on Sunday.

Both sides have impressed with the bat in this tournament as India made 281 in their opening match, also against England, a month ago — a score they equalled in the semi-final victory over Australia.

Cricket - Women's Cricket World Cup Final Preview - India Nets & Press Conference - London, Britain - July 22, 2017 India's Mithali Raj during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley - RTX3CHPM

India's Mithali Raj during the press conference ahead of ICC Women's World Cup final. Reuters

England smashed 377 for seven in an emphatic pool win over Pakistan — their highest total in a World Cup match.

Indian skipper Raj knows all about scoring runs at Lord's — she made 59 in an ODI at the venue back in 2006 and a brilliant unbeaten 94 at the ground six years later.

So, despite its famous slope, that has been the downfall of many a batter over the years, and rain in the air that could give assistance to the bowlers, the 34-year-old is taking confidence into Sunday.

"We don't play at Lord's that often but when I last played here, the slope wasn't really in my mind," said Raj.

"If you start thinking too much about the slope and how the ball is going to curve in or curve out, then you forget the fundamentals of your own batting.

"We need to keep it as simple as we have been throughout the tournament and see where it takes us in the final.

"Looking at the wicket, it looks full of runs and any venue where you've scored runs previously always gives you confidence.

"It gives you confidence but you have to have that focus and put in the work to score your runs," she said.

Published Date: Jul 22, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115