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The grand Finale: India - England #GirlPower

The Lords did see one really beautiful match. India met England and it turned out to be a helluva encounter. The margin - 9 runs - made it a thriller match that placed you at the edge of your chair. Both the teams played magnificently and gave it all that they had for their countries. England did not put up a high total on the board, but they came back strong and stunned the Indians. The fightback was really something to watch. And England happily walked away with the cup. It was a moment of crowning glory for the British Women who fought hard in every way. The Women In Blue, led by Mithali Raj missed it by a whisker. But having said that, they have made everyone back home incredibly proud. Making it to the finals of one of the most coveted tournaments conducted by ICC should be appreciated and applauded.

A quick summary of the match.

Set to achieve a target of 229, the Indian Team looked set in their path to get their first world cup in their midst. Opener Punam Raut made sure of a great start with her 115-ball 86 runs. Kaur, the other half centurion, added 51 runs. The turning point seemed to be Punam Raut’s wicket. Veda Krishnamurthy could not save the day. Seven wickets tumbled for 28 runs. It was a very close finish. India was 219 all out with 8 deliveries left. This could have been the highest successful chase in a world cup final. Missed by a whisker.

Earlier in the day, England came in to bat. There was ample contribution from Lauren Winfield (24), Saray Taylor (45) and Nat Sciver (51). A total of 228 was enough to win them their fourth world cup.

From now on …

It is a fact that the Indian Women’s Cricket Team have made every fan back home proud. It was an incredible journey that they faced. They did their best and have made it up to to the last round of the tournament. The impact that they have on the girls back home who want to make it big is incredible. They have inspired many wannabe sportspersons across the country to try harder and give it their best. Their determination and passion are what every sportsperson in every game, not just cricket, will look up to.

Mithali Raj and Co have made it so far. The cup is just one step away. The team should know that they have the support of their country all the way. That they have indeed made us all proud. That they should walk with their heads held high. Just as we are when we think about them. They have won our hearts.




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