England beat India in the ICC Women's World Cup final by 9 runs on Sunday. It was a nail-biting end to a tournament which saw many new records being made.
England won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 228 runs. The Indian team started off well, but collapsed like a pack of cards in the crucial last few overs, to finally being bowled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.
It was a heartbreaking end to the tournament for the Indian team which has performed spectacularly so far, beating England in an early match earlier in the World Cup.
Opener Punam Raut played a brilliant innings, scoring 86 runs in 115 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur's half century came in good time, hitting a couple of sixes in her trademark style. At 191 for 3 wickets, India's chances looked bright.
However, it was the loss of seven wickets in just 6.5 overs that swung the game in England's favour. England's vice captain Anya Shrubsole took six wickets, including taking Raut for an lbw. Shrubsole also helped running out Shikha Pandey during the key last few overs.
Despite their loss in the final match, wishes poured in for the women in blue.
Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017
Super proud of the girls. Tough luck today but womens cricket in India has truly arrived. Thank you girls .Salute your spirit.#WWC17Final— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 23, 2017
Congrats England but so so proud of our girls for winning a billion hearts.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 23, 2017
This will be a defining moment in women's cricket.#WWC17Final
Alas! Those tears. Hard to watch. Well played girls. Still proud of you.#WWC17Final— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) July 23, 2017
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