U19 World Cup Final Preview: Who will create history?

HISTORY will be made tonight in South Africa, with the inaugural Under 19 Women’s Cricket World Champion to be decided. It will be either India or England that creates history, with the pair set to square off in the final.

Both have had similarly dominant tournaments, so it is unclear who goes into tonight’s final as favourite.

England has not dropped a game yet this tournament, but on the flip side India only lost the one game, and they defeated the similarly-dominant New Zealand in the semi-final to make it to the tournament’s final.

By the luck of the draw these two sides have not had to battle each other yet this tournament before the final, so there is no precedence to go off. Both sides have some very strong batters, so the key for both teams in today’s final will be to get their innings off to the best possible start.

Shweta Sehrawat has been absolutely dominant at the top of the order for India, and currently leads the tournament for most runs scored and has the second highest individual score of the tournament thus far (92 not out). Shafali Verma has also had a good tournament with the bat, and a strong start between her and Sehrawat will go a long way to the Indians getting the win.

However, Grace Scrivens has only hit three less runs that Sehrawat so far but has also hit the highest score of the tournament thus far (93) so she is just as crucial for the English. Scrivens is also handy with the ball, picking up eight wickets thus far this tournament to sit 12th overall on the leading wicket tally for the tournament. She, combined with Hannah Baker (nine wickets for the tournament), Ellie Anderson and Sophia Smale (eight each) will form the crux of the English attack tonight.

Meanwhile for India, Parshavi Chopra and Mannat Kashyap have been the pick of the bowlers, picking up nine and eight wickets respectively.

The final is set to get underway at 1:45pm local South African Time, which is 10:45pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

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