Aaaaand 16 years later, player of the match in the World Cup final <3
(well played, Mr Shrubsole, A++ daughter embarrassing there)
Congratulations England Women for winning the #WWC17Final #Cricket
England won the Women’s World Cup final in the most dramatic fashion against India at Lord’s.
The hosts were staring at defeat with India, chasing a modest 229 to win, cruising along at 190 for three.
But a late collapse, sparked by five wickets in 19 balls from Anya Shrubsole, saw England snatch an unlikely victory by nine runs.
A memorable match felt like a milestone occasion for the game, and for women’s sport in this country.
The home of cricket was sold out while the worldwide television audience was expected to top 100million – and even the ticket touts were out in force all the way from St John’s Wood station to the Grace Gate.
England had lost to India in their opening game but impressive victories in the next six made them favourites to add to the cups they won in 1973, 1993 – both before women were admitted to the MCC – and 2009.
Captain Heather Knight won the toss and chose to bat first, but she had departed for one when talisman Natalie Sciver, dubbed the Ben Stokes of the women’s team, arrived in the middle with England 63 for three.
Sciver and Sarah Taylor put on 83 for the fourth wicket, but both were victims of a stunning spell of three wickets for two runs off 10 balls by fast bowler Jhulan Goswami.
There was no sign of the ‘Natmeg’, the through-the-legs shot which has helped make Sciver one of the stars of the tournament, as the circumstances called for a little more introspection.
The only woman to make two centuries at this World Cup reached another 50, but added just one more run before she was trapped by Goswami.
Katherine Brunt made a breezy 34 and Jenny Gunn an unbeaten 25, but England’s total of 228 for seven appeared distinctly gettable.
Yet Shrubsole got England off to a dream start as India began their reply, nicking the off-stump of the dangerous Smriti Mandhana for a duck in the second over.
When Mithali Raj got herself run out, by Sciver, going for a single that was never on, India were 43 for two and the encounter was finely poised.
However, that brought Harmanpreet Kaur, who destroyed Australia with a breathtaking unbeaten 171 in the semi-final, to the crease.
She clubbed two mammoth sixes on her way to 51 before holing out to Tammy Beaumont, off Alex Hartley, going for a third.
But misfields and mistakes were starting to creep in for England; Taylor missed a stumping to get rid of Poonam Raut before Knight dropped Veda Krishnamurthy.
The game seemed up by the time Raut, struggling with cramp, finally fell leg before to Shrubsole for 86, leaving India 191 for four.
But when Hartley accounted for Sushma Verma for a duck, and Shrubsole removed Krishnamurthy and Goswami in successive balls, England had a lifeline and suddenly Lord’s was hosting a thriller.
Taylor thought she had Deepthi Sharma stumped but an agonisingly drawn-out replay could not prove her foot was off the floor at the point of impact.
Yet moments later Shikha Pandey was run out, Sharma picked out Sciver off Shrubsole and India were nine down.
Unbelievably, Gunn dropped the most straightforward catch of the match, and maybe even the tournament, from Rajeshwari Gayakwad just to ramp up the tension even further.
But Shrubsole got the job done with the next ball, clean bowling Gayakwad to spark celebrations on the pitch and bedlam in the stands.
INDIA VS ENGLAND WOMEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL 2017
Let me tell you I’m a huge fan of cricket and after years of watching the gentleman’s game I was excited to see both the countries—England whose national game is cricket and India who loves cricket—setting their eyes on this match.
India lost and I’m definitely a bit sad about it but I’m still happy that after years of watching only males taking over games like cricket, football , basketball or baseball, there’s finally a time where people are cheering for the girls too!
Maybe it took a long time for this change but it’s here at last. I can sense the sports industry becoming feminist and not the misunderstood meaning of feminism but the actual one where guys will be cheering for the female players as much as the girls do for male players.
ENGLAND WOMEN ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS! They win the final against India that turned out to be a nail-biting contest but nerves got the better of chasing team.
What a brilliant final that was! Nervy until the very end!
Well done England, and commiserations to India, who still played a great tournament!
Winning a world cup for England at Lords, now that is magical!
Anyone else listening to the world cup final on abc grandstand? Sooo good!
Harmanpreet Kaur has been slowly and gradually creating a name for herself as a big-hitting middle order batsman who could pack a punch in limited overs cricket. And the girl from Punjab produced the best knock of her career in the all important semi-final of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup against defending champions Australia.
Coming in to bat with the score on 35/2, Harmanpreet first repaired the damage done at the top of the innings by stringing a 66-run stand with skipper Mithali Raj. She then came into her own in the last 10 overs as she dispatched the Australian bowlers all around the park to notch up her third ODI century.
Harmanpreet’s strokeplay was of the highest quality as she played shots both on the on and off side of the wicket. The right-handed batswoman was lethal against the spinners as she displayed great footwork to dance down the track and hit some humongous shots.
She also became only the second Indian cricketer to post a total in excess of 150 as she ended the day with a superlative unbeaten knock of 171, which is the second highest individual score by an Indian in ODI cricket and the tied fifth highest overall.
Harmanpreet hit 20 boundaries and 7 huge sixes during her stay in the middle as she orchestrated a scathing attack on the heavyweight Australians.
Speaking after her knock Harmanpreet said that she wanted to make the most of the opportunity as she didn’t get a lot of balls to bat earlier in the tournament.
“I was hitting the ball well and wanted to take the responsibility of taking the team to a big total,” Harmanpreet said.
Harmanpreet, who made her ODI debut in the year 2009 has been an integral part of the Indian team for close to a decade now. She made history earlier this year by becoming the first Indian cricketer to feature in a foreign Twenty20 cricket tournament after she was named in the 13-member squad for the Sydney Thunder franchise in the Women’s Big Bash League.
In July 2016, Harmanpreet Kaur created history as she became the first Indian player to be signed up for the Big Bash League. She was also named Sydney Thunder’s Women’s Player of the Year award for the second season of the Women’s Big Bash League.
During her time with the franchise, Kaur played in 13 matches and scored 296 runs at a very, very impressive average of 59 and a strike-rate 116.
The Women’s World Cup final, 23rd July 2017