Incredible India secures World Cup history
INDIA has created history in South Africa, by defeating England by seven wickets to become the inaugural Under 19 Women’s World Champion.
It was a dominant display with the ball from the Indian bowlers, which left the batting line up with a pretty easy task at hand.
The Indians chose to bowl first and it proved to be a fruitful decision when Titas Sadhu struck on the fourth ball of the opening over to remove Liberty Heap.
Archana struck twice three overs later, in a foreshadowing of what was to come.
The Indian bowling was superb and really restricted the English team’s ability to score and make solid partnerships.
It was also very tight bowling from India, with only four extras conceded.
The English continued to lose wickets and were ultimately bowled out for just 68 in the 18th over.
Ryana Macdonald-Gay was the top scorer with 10, but she was one of only four batters to make a double figure score.
Meanwhile for India it was a collective yet still dominant effort.
Sadhu and Archana both finished with the two wickets, as did Parshavi Chopra, but every Indian bowler picked up at least one wicket.
Even skipper Shafali Verma got in on the action, who has not had to bowl much this tournament but rolled the arm over in the final and picked up a wicket.
After a quick fire start to the chase, India then had a little wobble to find itself at 2/20 inside four overs.
However it would only go on to lose one more wicket for the innings and reached its target in 14 overs.
G Trisha and Soumya Tiwari both made 24 to equal top score, but the main thing for the Indians was that the job was done.
Meanwhile for the English Hannah Baker, Grace Scrivens and Alexa Stonehouse each took a wicket.
There was a shining light in the disappointment of the loss for the English with Scrivens named Player of the Tournament.