mithali raj’s team has the chance to alter the course of cricket history when they face heather knight’s brigade in the Women’s.
World Cup final today
So, can the Women In Blue overcome the English challenge to win their maiden.
Having finished seventh in last edition of Women’s World Cup, India will fancy their chances of emerging champions when they take on England in the final today A 36-run win over.
title-holders Australia in the semis was built on Harmanpreet Kaur’s (pic) stunning 171 not out. An innings full of correct and powerful shots have banished any remaining stereotypes about ‘demure’ women’s cricket in general.
For Raj and pace bowler Jhulan Goswami, the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively in women’s one-day internationals, this could be the last chance for the two 34-year-olds to win the Cup
But the significance of the day goes far beyond what it means to their cricket careers. India’s win in the 1983 men’s World Cup final at Lord’s turned the country on to limited overs cricket and led the world’s second-most populous nation to become the sport’s financial powerhouse.
One reassuring aspect for India in this World Cup is that they have not been over-reliant on Raj and Goswami. The likes of Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Sharma have also stepped in when needed.
England, since their opening defeat to India, have had the potentially useful experience of winning two close games, defeating Australia by three runs in pool play before seeing off South Africa by just two wickets in a semi-final.
England captain Heather Knight is one of several seasoned campaigners along with bowlers Jenny Gunn and Katherine Brunt. But Sarah Taylor (pic), who took heart from the way England had scrapped hard for wins, has been the team’s star performer.