ICC Women's World Cup final 2017, India vs England, highlights: England clinch 4th title

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ICC Women's World Cup final 2017, India vs England, highlights: England clinch 4th title
  • 23:03 (IST)

    That's it from us in our coverage of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017, with hosts England emerging the deserved winners in the end! It was a wonderful experience for us covering this tournamnent, and in the end all we can say is that we are on the cusp of a revolution in women's cricket. 
     
    For now, this is Amit Banerjee signing off on behalf of my team, as well as cricketer-turned-journalist Snehal Pradhan (who is soaking in the post-match atmosphere at Lord's) and our statsman Umang Pabari. Goodnight! 

  • 23:02 (IST)

    England are the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 champions.

  • 22:51 (IST)

    England captain Heather Knight: I can't stop smiling to be honest. The girls have benen outstanding throughout the tournament. We've won really tight games which is something we've worked on in the last 18 months. In the semifinal, and even in this game, we delivered when the heat is on. Anya Shrubsole, what a hero! (India batters) They were batting brilliantly, credit to them, they've had a great tournament. But we knew that if we stayed on till the end and brought the rate up over 5 or 6, we would be in the game. Punam  was brillaint and they put two partnership together but we hung in and the girls held their nerve. And we got over the line. A huge thank you to the crowds and ECB. This will help with the growth of the game in the country and persuade more girls to get involved. WOmen's cricket has been going from strength to stength. We put on a good show. The tournament has been outstanding. England is a perfect place to be hosting this tournament given the stage at which we are now. This will be a springboard for women's cricket.

  • 22:41 (IST)

    Mithali Raj (India captain): Well yes, because it wasn't easy for England, but credit to them for holding on to their nerves. I would like to tell my girls that I'm very proud of them, and they didn't make any match look easy for the opposition. Also, thank you to the crowd. It gave us a boost. Goswami is an experinced bowler and has always delivered for the team, but England had a lot of depth in their batting. These girls have a lot of inexperience playing their first final. I will definitely play for a couple of years, but I don't see myself playing the next World Cup. She's (Goswami) done her bit for the country. That's truly because of the way the team has performed in the tournament, and it has changed back home. 

  • Player of the match in Women's World Cup finals:

    Jo Chamberlain, 1993
    Debbie Hockley, 1997 
    Belinda Clark, 2000
    Karen Rolton, 2005
    Nicky Shaw, 2009
    Jess Cameron, 2013
    Anya Shbrubsole, 2017*

  • 22:35 (IST)

    England's Tammy Beaumont is the Player of the Series

    Beaumont: To be here, it is pretty surreal. On top of the leading run-scorer. Knight, Taylor, they've all been excellent. We thought it might do a little early on. Laura Winfield obviously got us off to a pretty good start. Jenny Grunn and Katherine Brunt were excellent down the ground. Full credit to Raut and Kaur, it was an excellent partnership. We could get wickets to tumble, and the required rate jumped up. It was really good to be here. 

  • 22:31 (IST)

    Anya Shrubsole is the Player of the Match.

    Shrubsole: I am at a loss for words at the moment. It was an amazing performance from everyone. We could have fallen away in the middle but we knew the pressure of World Cup finals will come to our help. Harmanpreet played brtilliantly and we knew if we got her out, it would be hard for the new batters coming in. (The crowd) Look around. It's absolutely amazing. I literally can't hear the other person speaking. The loss to India in the opener was just one defeat. We knew we won't be out of the World Cup and the team knows how to fight.

  • So England win! An amazing comeback from where they were 15 months ago. For India, to come within single digits of the World Cup, will be agonising. Especially for Goswami and Raj, who came so near the perfect ending. 

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Congratulations England!

  • 22:13 (IST)

    INDW 219 after 48.4 overs (Yadav 1)


    Deepti chips one towards the leg side, and ends up getting caught by Sciver near mid-on with England sniffing a win now. Gunn drops a simple catch at mid-off in the third delivery, before Gayakwad gets her off-stump rattled in the fourth ball to signal the end of the World Cup.


    England win by nine runs and lift the World Cup for the fourth time! 

Latest score: INDW 219 after 48.4 overs (Yadav 1)

Latest highlight:

Deepti chips one towards the leg side, and ends up getting caught by Sciver near mid-on with England sniffing a win now. Gunn drops a simple catch at mid-off in the third delivery, before Gayakwad gets her off-stump rattled in the fourth ball to signal the end of the World Cup.

England win by nine runs and lift the World Cup for the fourth time! 

Preview: On a high after a sensational semi-final win against world beaters Australia, the Indian women team is battle-ready to script history when they take on three-time winners England in the ICC Women's World Cup final at the sold-out Lord's on Sunday.

A dozen years after making their second entry to a Women's World Cup final, the Indian team looks beaming with confidence and will settle for nothing short of a win, which will be a befitting farewell to the likes of veterans — skipper Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami -- the only players from the 2005 final where India lost to Australia at the Centurion.

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England's Heather Knight and India's Mithali Raj pose with the trophy. Reuters

In Mithali and Jhulan, they will see the record-holders for the most runs and most wickets in women's One-day Internationals (ODI), and by her own admission the captain is playing her last World Cup and Jhulan, who is the same age (34), is likely to be in the same position.

The India team's run at the World Cup has been terrific so far. After beating England by 35 runs in the opener, they went on to hammer Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa in the group stages.

Riding on all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur's sensational 115-ball unbeaten 171, India banished the demons of the group stage loss to Australia, by knocking out the Southern Stars by 36 runs in a dramatic semi-final in Derby on Thursday.

England hold a numerical advantage of having beaten India six out of the 10 times the teams have met in World Cups. But one can't discount India's recent run in the tournament.

While Mithali has been the consistent factor in the Indian line-up, besides breaking the 6000-runs mark in women's ODIs — the young guns 19-year-old Deepti Sharma, 21-year-old Smriti Mandhana and 24-year-old Veda Krishnamurthy — have all risen to the occasion when the situation demanded.

For the records, Mithali has scored more runs against England in ODIs than any other player (1605) while both teams have one ODI victory over the other at the Lord's.

However, on Sunday all eyes will be on Harmanpreet, whose power-hitting against the Australians, turned her into an overnight sensation among the fans.

In the bowling front, India will once again bank on their pace duo of Jhulan and Shikha Pandey along side the successful spin combination of Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet.

Ekta and Rajeshwari grabbed five-wicket hauls against Pakistan and New Zealand, respectively, contributing to India's results immensely.

On the other hand, England qualified for the final with a dramatic two-wicket win over South Africa with Anya Shrubsole hitting the winning runs in the final over.

The host has lost just once in the tournament so far, and that too against India in the opening game of the tournament in Derby.

Since then England has gone seven games unbeaten to reach the home of cricket but captain Heather Knight believes there is still more to come from her side.

The hosts will leave behind the demons from the semi-final where the top order comprising the likes of Lauren Winfield, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver and Fran Wilson failed to convert their starts.

Barring wicketkeeper-batswoman Sarah Taylor, who scored a 76-ball 54, England failed to get going and narrowly managed to chase down the below-par target of 218.

Going into the big final, the toss could also play a crucial part, as the team chasing always had more pressure to deal with in the current edition of the tournament.

Teams:

England: Heather Knight (Captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (WK), Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt

India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smrti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Poonam, Nuzhat Parween, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma and Sushma Verma (WK).

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Jul 23, 2017 23:03:12 IST



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