Shrub­sole stars as Eng­land edge In­dia in Women’s World Cup fi­nal

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Anya Shrub­sole bowled Eng­land to a dra­matic nine-run win over In­dia in the Women’s World Cup fi­nal at Lord’s yes­ter­day. In­dia, set 229 to win, were well on course for vic­tory at 191 for three in front of a full hose of more than 26,000. But the dis­missal of opener Pu­nam Raut, who made a fine 86, lbw to Shrub­sole, sparked a stun­ning col­lapse.

Shrub­sole took five wick­ets for 11 runs in 19 de­liv­er­ies as In­dia, bid­ding for a first World Cup ti­tle on the ground where their men’s side won an in­au­gu­ral World Cup crown in 1983, slumped to 219 all out. Pace bowler Shrub­sole fin­ished with stun­ning fig­ures of six for 46 in 9.4 overs as Eng­land won a fourth World Cup ti­tle and third on home soil, by gain­ing re­venge for their open­ing group stage loss to In­dia. Opener Sm­riti Mand­hana-who made 90 in that match-was bowled for a duck by Shrub­sole.

But fel­low opener Raut hit Shrub­sole back over her head for six. Mean­while In­dia cap­tain Mithali Raj, in what was, to­gether with fel­low 34-year-old Jhu­lan Goswami, likely to be her last chance to win a World Cup af­ter be­ing on the los­ing side in 2005, struck sev­eral fine bound­aries. But the all-time lead­ing run-scorer in women’s one-day in­ter­na­tion­als, ef­fec­tively ran her­self out for just 17.

Her exit brought in the big-hit­ting Har­man­preet Kaur, whose stun­ning 171 not out had set up In­dia’s semi-fi­nal win over reign­ing cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia. Kaur lofted and swept left-arm spin­ner Alex Hart­ley for two huge sixes.

Raut went to fifty in 78 balls and Kaur got there in 80 balls. But the duo were sep­a­rated when Kaur swept Har­ley straight to Tammy Beau­mont at deep back­ward square to end a stand of 95. Sarah Tay­lor, ar­guably the best wicket-keeper in the women’s game, then missed a chance to stump Raut, on 65 off spin­ner Laura Marsh. An­other chance went beg­ging when Veda Kr­ish­na­murthy (10) was dropped by Eng­land cap­tain Heather Knight at ex­tra cover off pace bowler Jenny Gunn. In­dia’s tar­get was now un­der a run a ball and Veda Kr­ish­na­murthy raised a fifty stand with Raut off just 54 balls when she cut

Shrub­sole over point and drove her over mid-off for two fours in as many balls. Raut’s fine in­nings ended when she was lbw to Shrub­sole, hav­ing faced 115 balls in­clud­ing four fours and a six.

It was the start of a cas­cade of wick­ets as panic set in. Kr­ish­na­murthy made a fine 35 be­fore she holed out off Shrub­sole be­fore Goswami was yorked by Shrub­sole for a duck. Shika Pandey was run out be­fore Shrus­bole, af­ter Jenny Gunn had dropped a sim­ple catch, ended the match by bowl­ing Ra­jesh­wari Gayak­wad for a duck as Eng­land won yet an­other close game this World Cup. Ear­lier pace bowler Goswami took three for 23 in 10 overs as In­dia held Eng­land to 228 for seven.

Goswami’s haul, which saw her take two wick­ets in two balls, in­cluded the dis­missals of star bats­man Tay­lor (45) and top-scorer Nat Sciver (51). Eng­land started steadily af­ter Knight won the toss. But from 47 for none, they lost three wick­ets in quick suc­ces­sion to be 63 for three, with leg-spin­ner Poonam Ya­dav (two for 36) hav­ing Knight lbw for just one on the sweep.

Tay­lor and Sciver put on 83 be­fore Goswami, the all-time lead­ing wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, struck in her sec­ond spell. Tay­lor was caught down the leg­side by wicket-keeper Sushma Verma. And 146 for four be­came 146 for five when Fran Wil­son was lbw for a golden duck next ball. But Eng­land’s tail, with Kather­ine Brunt mak­ing 34, took them past 200 and those runs proved vi­tal in the end.


LON­DON: Eng­land play­ers pose with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the ICC Women’s World Cup cricket fi­nal be­tween Eng­land and In­dia at Lord’s cricket ground in Lon­don yes­ter­day.

— AP

LON­DON: Eng­land’s Jenny Gunn slides into the crease as In­dia’s Ra­jesh­wari Gayak­wad un­suc­cess­fully at­tempts to run her out dur­ing the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 fi­nal match be­tween Eng­land and In­dia at Lord’s in Lon­don.


EAST RUTHERFORD: Barcelona’s Brazil­ian for­ward Ney­mar (C) vies for the ball with Ju­ven­tus play­ers dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup (ICC) match be­tween Ju­ven­tus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Sta­dium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sun­day. FC Barcelona de­feated Ju­ven­tus 2-1.

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