England win fourth ICC Women's World Cup crown after thriller at Lord's

England win fourth ICC Women's World Cup crown after thriller at Lord's

England have won the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup after beating India by nine runs in a dramatic final at Lord's.

Shrubsole has moved up nine slots to No. 7 after her match-winning effort of 6 for 46 in a thrilling final that England won by nine runs before a packed Lord's.

The Indian Women faltered at the last hurdle at Lord's when they lost to hosts England by 9 runs in the ICC Women's World Cup.

But panic grabbed them once Harmanpreet Kaur - the heroine of the semi-final against Australia - fell for 51 and the gallant Punam Raut departed for a well-made 86 despite an injury. Despite making a great start to the World Cup, when we lost to South Africa and Australia (in league games), no one thought we would get to the final.

Much of India's innings was built thanks to the stable partnership of 95 between Poonam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur after veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami's 3/23 had limited the home side to 228/7 at the end of the allotted 50 overs.

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Ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar said: "When you lose the battle but win the war! You held the nerve a little better", cricket commentator and expert Aakash Chopra said. Cricket World Cup's official Twitter account posted the photo of the signed jerseys and termed it awesome.

At 34, this is most likely Jhulan Gosawmi's last Women's Cricket World Cup and she did her best to take India over the line. Many big celebrities including Prime Minister Narendra Modi cheered up the team and wished them well for their career.

Edulji also revealed that the BCCI was impressed by the team's performance in the recently concluded tournament where they finished as runner ups.

Coach Mark Robinson remained confident England could win despite the lack of early wickets. Player of the Match Anya Shrubsole ripped through the Indian batting order, taking six of the 10 wickets to ensure that India was bowled out for 219 runs in 48.4 overs. A dream has come true, a dream to play good cricket. And when the team returned home, Robinson also effectively forced long-serving captain Charlotte Edwards into global retirement, saying England had become dangerously over-reliant on the star batsman.