London, July 24: Hard luck for Indian women team as they came so close to the World Cup but in the end result was not in your favour. However, Indian women team made whole India proud, the girls in blue made the country proud by efforts. Notably, Indian eves lost to England by a narrow margin of nine runs in the ICC Women's World Cup final at Lord's in London on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 229, Indian middle-order collapsed like a pack of cards, being bowled out for 219 in 48.4 overs. The last seven wickets fell for a mere 28 runs in 6.5 overs. At one stage, India was well placed at 191 for 3. Opener Poonam Raut was top scored with 86, while Harmanpreet Kaur contributed 51.
Earlier, Natalie Sciver's 51 and Sarah Taylor's 45 laid the foundation for England's decent total of 228 for 7. For England, it was their fourth Women's World Cup. The home side looked in danger of defeat, but an astonishing spell of seam bowling by Anya Shrubsole turned the game on its head in the most nail-biting of finishes. Shrubsole who took six wickets was declared Player of the Match.
India was coasting on 191-3 when Shrubsole took the key wicket of Poonam Raut, lbw for 86, and the inexperienced middle order collapsed to 219 all out in the 49th over. Apart from her wickets, Shrubsole also played a key role in the run out of Shikha Pandey, when India was still in the game needing 14 off the last three overs.
After the losing the Cup, India captain Mithali Raj admitted wilting under pressure in a tense run chase against England in the World Cup final. But she said the Indian team will walk out as a proud bunch. She said she was proud of the team. It wasn't easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerves, the Indian captain said.
Raj said after the match that there was a time where the match was in the balance, but Indian team panicked and that led to their defeat. Asked about her future, she said, she would definitely play for a couple of years more but does not see herself playing the next World Cup.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with many central ministers, film stars, politicians, knowned personalities hailed Indian women team for their efforts and skills. Indian women team won billion of hearts through the way they played.