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Mithali Raj to lead team of the World Cup

26 July 2017
Mithali Raj to lead team of the World Cup

England's women cricket team staged a comeback and beat India by nine runs in the thrilling finale of ICC World Cup 2017. Harmanpreet Kaur's half century came in good time, hitting a couple of sixes in her trademark style.

The lower middle order of the Indian team could not play as per the expectations and failed to utilise the solid foundation provided by Harmanpreet Kaur and Punam Raut. Harmanpreet scored a knock of 51 runs.

Despite a tough defeat against England Women in the final of ICC Women's World Cup 2017, Lord's witnessed a heart warming gesture from India's two experienced players.

India's women's team was hailed at home for their gritty showing at Lord's after just missing out on making history in narrowly losing to England in the World Cup final.

All six of Srubsole's wickets came in the final seven of the game as the visitors suffered an almighty collapse from 191-3 to 219 all out in 48.4 overs, sparked when Punam Raut was dismissed for 86.

The 34-year-old Indian was selected as captain after she led India to the final of the just-concluded ICC Women's World Cup.

"I'm very proud of the girls..." 'There was one person on the field who made no mistake whatsoever and that was Anya Shrubsole. "I would also like to thank the crowds for coming up in large numbers to support women's cricket", she said.

Chasing the target of 229 runs, Indian eves started miserably as they lost their first wicket, Smriti Mandhana, in the second over.

According to Mithali Raj, if more girls participate in such leagues, it will give them understanding and help them to improve their own sport.

I partly blame India's experienced skipper Mithali Raj for this mayhem.

"I got a bit stressed in the nets earlier in the tournament, I was hitting it well but kept getting out which frustrated me - I take my batting very seriously, so Mark (Robinson) was there to tell me I hadn't become a bad player overnight". They tried their best and may have panicked at the finish when steady run gathering was all that was required.

"If I'm playing for a few more years that would be my aim to see that the team doesn't have to play the qualifiers unlike this time", she concluded.