Mithali Raj proud of India's effort despite missing out on World Cup

Elias Hubbard
July 24, 2017

India looked to be cruising to a first world cup win before a stunning spell of bowling from Anya Shrobsole (6-46) led them to collapse from 4-191 to 219 all out with eight ball to spare. Anya Shrubsole produced a match winning performance to ensure that her side emerges victorious against India, taking wickets at regular intervals to retain the momentum for her team, guiding the side to glory at home.

England women's cricket team coach Mark Robinson said his side has got heart and courage as he applauded the side for winning the ICC Women's World Cup by nine runs against India here on Sunday.

This is England's fourth title while India failed to win their first in two attempts.

At Lord's, India lost by nine runs after looking good for major part of their 229-run chase.

India's Punam Raut scored an impressive 86 off 115 deliveries and kept Indian in the hunt, before she was dismissed by Shrubsole. Veda Krishnamurthy was out slogging, Sushma Verma was bowled playing a nervous sweep, Shikha Pandey was run out attempting a single that wasn't on while Deepti Sharma, realizing the need to finish things off as she was running out of partners with India needing 11 with two wickets in hand, dragged a hoick to midwicket.

More brilliance from Sarah Taylor nearly had Deepti Sharma out stumped, but then Shikha Pandey was run-out by Shrubsole, as 11 runs was needed from 14 balls with eight wickets down.

Earlier, India held England to 228-7 with veteran pace bowler Jhulan Goswami enjoying an excellent return of 3-23 in 10 overs.

Raj, who has already confirmed that this will be her last World Cup tournament as a player, said afterwards: "Everybody was very nervous and I think that resulted in our defeat. It will help the future of women's cricket".

Harmanpreet Kaur also played an important knock of 51 runs off 80 balls carrying on from her stellar performance against the Aussies in the semifinals. And the board has made a welcome gesture too, announcing an award of Rs 50 lakhs for each player after they won the semi-final. "We've done it the hard way in this tournament which I guess makes it all the better". But England recovered to 146 for 3 with an 83- run partnership between Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver.

"We knew that if we stayed on till the end and brought the rate up over five or six an over, we would be in the game", an elated Knight said.

"I'm a little bit lost for words, if I'm honest".

Unbelievably, Jenny Gunn dropped the most straightforward catch of the match, and maybe even the tournament, from Rajeshwari Gayakwad just to ramp up the tension even further.

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