India to take on England in Final in London

India to take on England in Final in London

India to take on England in Final in London

Eileen Ash coming in to bat for the England women's cricket team at Colwall in 1936. Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami had the most successful inning bagging 3/23, while spinner Poonam Yadav also maintained pressure on the rival team with her 2/36. However, Punam Raut looked totally confident and she carried the episode forward with the next woman in, Veda Krishnamurthy.

The Home of Cricket was sold out for the final, and the hosts did not disappoint the packed stands as they became World Champions for the fourth time.

For Raj and India pace bowler Jhulan Goswami, the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in women's one-day global history respectively, this could be the last chance the two 34-year-olds have to win the World Cup. But, they came back strongly to win by 107 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method) against Pakistan.

England hold a numerical advantage of having beaten India six out of the 10 times the teams have met in World Cups.

All the best Smriti Mandhana! The pitch is examined and it is ready to score more runs.

"It's an absolute dream come true", she said.

Soon after getting her fifty, Harmanpreet went for a slog sweep against Alex Hartley but holed out to deep square leg. India still needed 90 runs at this stage but the asking-rate was catching up quickly. She has hit six centuries and 49 half-centuries.

"We've worked really hard to get here and we've fought like anything".

With two batswomen going about their business untroubled, India had a firm control over the proceedings. India lost to South Africa by 115 runs, before losing to Australia by eight wickets.

She did not set the field on fire like the way she batted against Australia but it was a significant knock, although it did not prove to be enough in the end.

And Jhulan tilted the scales in India's favour at the halfway mark.

Leading the show was the redoubtable Goswami, who scythed through the English middle-order. They started the World Cup with four wins but had a bit of a hiccup when they lost successive league matches against South Africa and Australia. A sell-out crowd at Lord's.

Here are how cricketers from around the world reacted to the first innings and Jhulan's excellent spell. She finished the World Cup with 10 scalps. Gunn and Laura Marsh (14 not out) put up an unbeaten partnership of 32 runs to take England to a competitive total of 228 runs. Best wishes! Rajeshwari Gayakwad is known for her economic bowling performances.

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