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Women's Cricket World Cup Editor’s Take: India – England

So yay!! The first match of the Women’s Cricket World Cup, India took on England and India beat England. It has been a historic win indeed with Captain Mithali Raj smashing the world record in the process. That is like double the reason to rejoice the match for any and all true blue Indian Fan. We, at Fantain, applaud the winning team and wish them best for the rest of the tournament. Make It Count.

So here’s what happened.

The match began with another history in the making. DRS was being used for the first time in a women’s cricket match. One would wonder why it took so long but ok. Moving on.
England put in India to bat first. The morning was overcast. England thought it would be better to bat second. When they came in, they had a target of 282. They not only seemed to have trouble with the bat, they also struggled with the runs.  There were four run-outs! Ensuring that no good partnerships take place is a very good way to bring the opponent down. Frances Wilson, who was also run out, hit 81. She was the only one who made a half century on the team. Indian fielders were on top of their game. Deepti Sharma took three wickets with Shikha Pandey taking two and Poonam, 1.
They fell short of the required number of runs by 35.
Earlier in the day, India struck gold from the start. Smriti Mandhana’s 90 (awarded player of the match) along with Punam Raut’s 86 added to the Captain’s knock of 71 taking India’s total to 281. This was Mithali Raj’s seventh consecutive half-century in ODI. A record for any player.
It was an all-around performance with all nuances of the game – batting, bowling, and fielding – hitting the right spot.
510 runs were scored on the day. The highest in a Women’s Cricket World Cup. Beating the previous record of 491 between Sri Lanka and West Indies.
It is a magnificent start for India. Here’s hoping that their impeccable performance in the first match of the tournament makes their country realize that they are worth the love and support that is honestly in short supply. This start in the tournament has many advantages for the Women In Blue.
The other Women’s cricket match – Sri Lanka V New Zealand – was also on the same day with the latter winning convincingly.

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