WWC Final: Struggling England sets 229-run target for India
London: In the much-awaited final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, England, after winning the toss, managed to post 228/7 in allotted 50 overs against India at the Lord’s Cricket ground here on Sunday.
Indian bowlers were once looking to restrict the hosts below 200-run mark but a few down-order partnerships helped the home team post a challenging score.
Openers Lauren Winfield (24 off 35) and Tammy Beaumont (23 off 37) gave a healthy start to their team adding 47 runs for the first wicket in 11 overs. Sarah Taylor also played a gritty knock of 45 runs off 62 deliveries, and could manage only one four during her stay at the crease.
Skipper Heather Knight failed to live up to the expectations today as she could only score 1 runs off 7 deliveries she faced. Fran Wilson went for a golden duck, while Natalie Sciver was the highest scorer for England with a 51-run knock. She took 68 deliveries and laced her inning with 5 boundaries.
Katherine Brunt (34 off 42), Jenny Gunn (25* off 38) and Laura Marsh (14* off 11) added very crucial 64 runs during the slog overs to help their team aggregate a good total on the board. At one point, the home team was under immense pressure at 164/6 in 37.1 overs and were playing under the threat of being bowled out before 200 runs.
India’s most experienced bowler Jhulan Goswami pulled out an exceptional figure of 3/23 in 10 overs with 3 maidens. Poonam Yadav was the second highest wicket-taker with 2/36 in 10 overs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad also picked up a pick and went for 49 runs in her 10 overs.
Deepti Sharma once again managed a run-out today to dismiss Brunt.
Now, if Indian women manage to play the same kind of Cricket they have exhibited throughout the tournament, they surely are going to defeat the three-time champions for their first ever World Cup victory.