Lord’s/New Delhi: The Indian women’s cricket team caved in under pressure to lose the ICC Women’s World Cup final by nine runs after a batting collapse at the Lord’s on Sunday.
Veteran pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami had struck three blows to restrict England to 228 for seven after the hosts elected to bat and opener Punam Raut (86) and semifinal star Harmanpreet Kaur (51) had edged India closer to victory.
England seamer Anya Shrubsole emerged the leader for the hosts, capturing six wickets for 46 as India were dismissed for 219 in 48.3 overs to suffer a second heartbreak.
The Indian women’s cricket team missed 12 years ago. They were far more assured, but could not keep their nerves once England broke the crucial partnership between Punam and Harmanpreet.
India at one late stage needed just 38 runs in 43 balls, but were still unable to focus and get the job done as they put themselves under pressure.
The end of Jhulan’s spell proved to be a boon for England, who rode on Katherine Brunt’s 42-ball 34 and Jenny Gunn’s 25 off 38 balls towards the end to sign off with a respectable total.
After Jhulan, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav was the most impressive bowler, finishing with two 2/36 in her quota of 10 overs.