ENGLAND CLINCHES WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
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).
England players celebrate after winning the ICC Women's World Cup final against India at Lord's in London, UK, on Sunday