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ICC Women's World Cup final, Ind vs Eng: England post 229-run target against India

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 July 2017, 18:48 IST
ICC Women's World Cup final, Ind vs Eng

After winning the toss and eleccted to bat first, team England post 229 target against India at Lord’s in the ICC Women's World Cup final at The Lord's.

Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami came out with a stupendous bowling performance as India restricted England to 228.

Electing to bat, England had a decent start with their openers Lauren Winfield (24) and Tammy Beaumont (23) putting on 4 runs for the first wicket.

However, spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad broke the partnership taking the wicket of Winfield, following which two more wickets fell and the hosts were suddenly reeling at 63-3.

However, wicketkeeper-batswoman Sarah Taylor (45) and Natalie Sciver (51) stayed long at the crease and help their team past 200.

Katherine Brunt (34) and Jenny Gunn (25*) played little cameos towards the end of the innings and help their team post a total which can be considered as par on a slow Lord's wicket.

Goswami, probably playing her last World Cup, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as she picked up three wickets giving away just 23 runs. Spinner Poonam Yadav also scalped two wickets and Gayakwad chipped in with a wickets.

Considering the form of the Indian batters, one can only expect Mithali Raj and Co. to create history and give Indian fans a moment to revive the 1983 World Cup win achieved by Kapil Dev and men.

If India win today, they will become only the fourth team to do so with England, Australia and New Zealand sharing all the preceding titles.

-With ANI inputs.

First published: 23 July 2017, 18:39 IST