It was all smiles for England as the side clinched its fourth ICC Women’s World Cup title here at the Lord’s. The game though, was a complete nail biter as the hosts held their nerves till the end to clinch the title and successfully defend the moderate target of 229. Pacer Anya Shrubsole’s mighty impressive six wicket haul was the difference between the two sides as India went on to lose 7 wickets in as little as 28 runs.
With opener Punam Raut and middle order batter Harmanpreet Kaur playing quite well, the game was in India’s control for quite a while. Initially, Kaur’s dismissal and then finisher Veda Krishnamurthy’s wicket changed the complexion as England sealed the initiative.
Post the historic win, England skipper Heather Knight was beaming with joy and lauded her side.
“I can’t stop smiling at the moment,” Knight said. “We’ve won those tight games which is something we’ve worked on in the last 18 months. We’ve worked on situations where the heat is on us and look to come up on top. They were batting brilliantly, credit to them, they’ve had a great tournament.”
Knight was thankful to all stakeholders of the game for promoting women’s cricket to such a large extent. “But we knew that if we stayed on till the end and brought the rate up over 5 or 6, we would be in the game. A huge thank you to the crowds as well for coming up in large numbers and supporting up.”
“Women’s cricket keeps growing from strength to strength and all teams have shown that. The tournament has been outstanding, England is a perfect place to be hosting this tournament given the stage at which we are now,” she said.