July 24, 2017

Women’s Cricket World Cup: Indian women lose the final but wins a million hearts

by Neha Monga

The ICC Women’s World Cup had all the excitement, drama and action that one could have imagined. The Indian team lost the nail biting Women’s World Cup final to England by 9 runs. Playing in the Women’s World Cup Finals for the second time, after 2005, the performance of the Indian Women’s team this time was way better than their last attempt.

The England team after having won the toss decided to bat first. Chasing a total of 228 runs set by the England team, the Indian team lost their seven wickets for a paltry 28 runs. Praising England team for winning their fourth Women’s World Cup title, India skipper admitted that the inexperience of her teammates made them cave in under pressure but said that she was proud of the team.

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“Yes, I’m proud of the team. It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerves. There was a time where the match was in the balance and could have gone either way. But that was the situation when we panicked and they came out victorious. England did well in those crunch moments which turned the game” Mithali said after the match.

“I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team. We did very well in the tournament. All the youngsters in the team tried their best,” she added.

Chasing a competitive score of 228 runs set by the England team, the India team saw two half-centuries from opener Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur.  After the loss of two early wickets, the 95-run partnership between Punam and Harmanpreet helped to steady the Indian innings.

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However, the Indian team could not hold onto their nerves and gave into the pressure after losing Harmanpreet and Punam’s wicket.

Mithali also appreciated veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami’s performance throughout the tournament. “Jhulan is an experienced bowler and has always delivered when the team has needed her to. It could’ve been a match-winning performance, but I knew England have depth,” she said.

Mithali thanked the crowd for turning up in huge numbers and boosting the morale of all the women cricketers.

On being asked about her future, she replied “I will definitely play for a couple of years more, but I don’t see myself playing the next World Cup.”

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England skipper Heather Knight who was ecstatic from her team’s win said she “can’t stop smiling.”

Knight also thanked the crowd for coming out in huge numbers to support both the teams. “A huge thank you to the crowds as well for coming up in large numbers and supporting us. Women’s cricket keeps growing from strength to strength and all teams have shown that,” she concluded.

 

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