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The Indian Women were on the verge of creating history but fell short at the final hurdle as the hosts England snatched a sensational victory from nowhere and went on to lift their 4th World Cup title. India was the outright favourites for the most part of the chase but a late order collapse enabled England to stage a grand comeback and eventually won the encounter by just 9 runs.
So here’s have a look at the 5 Talking Points from the final at the iconic Lord’s stadium
# Jhulan Goswami’s sensational spell
The veteran in the international circuit Goswami got her rhythm back in the semi final against the Aussies where she took a couple of crucial wickets. Even today she was at her imperious best and returned with brilliant figures of 3/23 in her allotted 10 overs.
She got her first reward in her 2nd spell when Sarah Taylor guided a leg side delivery straight to the wicketkeeper. Goswami was on a hat trick when she dismissed Frank Wilson in the very next delivery. It wasn’t a great delivery but a pretty ordinary shot from Wilson. She dismissed Natalie Sciver two overs later to return with impressive figures of 3/23.
Natalie Sciver and Sarah Taylor’s good stand in the middle
After the loss of 3 relatively early wickets, England was precariously placed at 63/3 and required a partnership pretty badly. It was Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver who shared a crucial 84 runs stand for the 5th wicket which bailed the hosts out of trouble. It was sensible;e batting by the duo who ensured that Australia didn’t have any further hiccups till the 33rd over.
Taylor was dismissed by Jhulan Goswami on the score of 45 while Sciver fell prey to the same bowler on 51. Her innings was laced with 5 pretty fluent boundaries.
Punam Raut’s valiant effort goes in vain
Till Punam Raut was there at the crease, India was strolling towards the victory target but with her wicket, India collapsed badly and lost their last 7 wickets for a mere 28 runs as India eventually lost the match by 9 runs. She looked decorated during 115 balls innings of 86 which contained 4 fours and a solitary six.
Her innings was cut short by Anya Shrubsole who started India’s downfall as she bowled a quicker delivery which thudded on to her pads and the umpire had no hesitation I his mind and ruled it in favour of the home team.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s half-century
The Punjab girl who destroyed the Aussies in the semi final looked good for her half century until a mistimed shot brought about her downfall on 51 of 80 deliveries. She started flexing her muscles after settling in and struck 3 fours and 2 big sixes during her innings.
She rotated the strike and never allowed the run rate to rise steeply. Alex Hartley dismissed the wonder woman as she attempted a slog sweep but was holed out in the deep.
Anya Shrubsole’s World Cup winning spell
It was literally a once in a lifetime spell by Shurbsole who finished with a brilliant figure of 6/46 in 9.4 overs. It was Shrubsole who started India’s slide with the wicket of Punam Raut who looked good and was on her way to her 2nd century of the tournament. It was a straight delivery which struck Raut on the pads and the umpire ruled it in England’s favour
She dismissed another important woman in the Indian team which was of Veda Krishnamurthy who looked solid for a 36 before she attempted a wild slog but just managed to top edge it straight up in the air. It was a collapse from there on and she kept on picking wickets. She put the final nail in the coffin when the medium pacer dismissed Deepti Sharma in the penultimate over which ended the little hopes India had.