ENG­LAND CLINCHES WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

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Lon­don, UK - Eng­land com­pleted a stun­ning fight­back to beat In­dia by nine runs and win the ICC Women's World Cup for the fourth time at Lord's on Sun­day.

Chas­ing 229, In­dia looked set for vic­tory when Pu­nam Raut's 86 and Har­man­preet Kaur's 51 took it to 191 for three. But Anya Shrub­sole pinned Raut lbw to spark a col­lapse of seven wick­ets for 28 runs. The seamer fin­ished with 6-46 - the best fig­ures in a World Cup final - as In­dia was bowled out for 219 with eight balls to spare.

Ear­lier, Natalie Sciver made 51 and Sarah Tay­lor scored 45 as Eng­land man­aged 228 for seven af­ter In­dia's Jhu­lan Goswami, the lead­ing ODI wicket-taker, at 34, pro­duced one of her best spells to take three for 23.

In­dia seemed to be in con­trol for much of a match that was played on a slow, low sur­face. But the bril­liant Shrub­sole and the tenac­ity of the hosts de­nied In­dia a first ma­jor tro­phy.

Raut, who could have been stumped on 64, was trapped leg be­fore Sushma Verma was bowled by Hart­ley without scor­ing. In­dia needed only 33 from 39 balls with five wick­ets in hand, but Shrub­sole, steam­ing in from the Pavil­ion End, was ir­re­sistible. The dan­ger­ous Veda Kr­ish­na­murthy (35) mis­cued to Sciver, Goswami (0) was bowled and Shikha Pandey (4) was run out by Shrub­sole's throw from point.

Deepti Sharma (14) holed out for Shrub­sole to com­plete the first five-wicket haul in a World Cup final.

Vic­tory was com­pleted when Shrub­sole bowled Ra­jesh­wari Gayak­wad with the next ball.

Eng­land opted to make first use of a used wicket, with open­ers Lau­ren Win­field (24) and Tammy Beau­mont (23) shar­ing nine fours in the first 15 overs. How­ever, Eng­land man­aged only the same num­ber in the next 35.

Sciver and Tay­lor then ma­noeu­vred the ball well in a fourth-wicket part­ner­ship of 83. Eng­land was squeezed, but the late im­pe­tus of Kather­ine Brunt (34), Jenny Gunn (25 n.o.) and Laura Marsh (14 n.o.) en­sured it just about had enough.

Brief scores: Eng­land 228-7 in 50 overs (Sciver 51, Tay­lor 45; Goswami 3-23, Poonam Ya­dav 2-36) beat In­dia 219 all out in 48.4 overs (Raut 86, Kaur 51, Kr­ish­na­murthy 35; Shrub­sole 6-46).

(AFP)

Eng­land play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the ICC Women's World Cup final against In­dia at Lord's in Lon­don, UK, on Sun­day

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