The Indian women’s cricket team surprised everyone including their fans back home by making it to the World Cup final at Lord’s. They played England in the final on 23rd July and were in a great position to win their first World Cup and create history but the pressure of a World Cup final got to them in the end and they fell just 9 runs short.
Indian Bowlers Perform Well
England batted first and found it hard to get going and build partnerships as the Indian bowlers made scoring difficult. J Goswami who opened the bowling did a fantastic job, sending down 10 overs for just 23 runs and taking 3 key wickets. P Yadav also sent down 10 miserly overs for 36 runs, taking 2 wickets in the process. England could only manage to put 228 on the board and while it looked like an easy target, the Indians were aware that it would take a special performance to get the job done.
India had played phenomenally well in the knock-out matches after a sluggish start to the World Cup. They were led by their captain Mithali Raj who has been around for a long time and said before the match that she was not going to let the occasion overwhelm her. Raj wanted to enjoy the match and the feeling of being out there and she tried to get her team to shake off the pressure before taking the field.
M Raj Run Out Costly For India
Raj was out in the middle in no time as India lost S Mandhana in the second over. The Indian captain looked in good touch hitting 3 boundaries in her knock of 17 before she was run out bizarrely. M Raj might have taken the ‘relax and enjoy’ philosophy a little too far as she jogged for a single, gave up half way and made no attempt to dive and ground her bat.
With the captain gone, H Kaur who played magnificently in the semi-final once again started to build the Indian innings with P Raut. They put together a great partnership with Raut scoring 86 and Kaur hitting 51 to give India a great chance at victory. However the pressure of the occasion got to the Indians and A Shrubsole capitalized on the nerves by running through the lower order, taking 6 wickets and bowling India out for 219.
Although the Indian women fell just 9 runs short of a world cup, they will go back proud and have a lot more belief in themselves.