ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Sanjiv Goenka unveils scholarship for female athletes after India's entry into final

Kolkata: Overwhelmed by the success of Indian cricket team in the ICC Women's World Cup 2017, ATK principal owner Sanjiv Goenka on Saturday announced a special scholarship.

Indian women's team is set to play England in the final of the mega-event and The RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group said they will start a scholarship for sportswomen in India where a chosen five will be given Rs 5 lakh each.

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File photo of Sanjiv Goenka. Reuters

"For this year, our jury will pick five sportswomen who will be given Rs 5 lakh each," Goenka told reporters.

"Indian women cricket has shown what we are capable of. But what they lack is training, facilities, and resources," he added, conveying best wishes for Indian women's team in Sunday's final versus England.

India stormed into the final of the tournament after beating Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final in Derby on Thursday. Harmanpreet Kaur lit up the venue with 20 fours and seven sixes as she finished unbeaten on 171, guiding the Mithali Raj-led side to a commanding score of 281/4 in a rain-curtailed match that was reduced to 42 overs per side.

Australia, who were the defending champions going into this tournament, hardly put up a fight in their innings save a 105-run partnership between Elyse Villani (75) and Ellyse Perry (38). Alex Blackwell (90) put up a 76-run last wicket stand with Kristen Beams (11), but could not prevent the side from folding up for 245.

Updated Date: Jul 22, 2017 23:17:31 IST