Anya Shrubsole's Lord's dream became the ideal fairytale after registering the best figures ever in an ICC Women's World Cup final to help England to a thrilling nine-run victory over India on Sunday.
Opting to bat first, England produced a competitive total of 228 for 7 in their 50 overs.
Punam and Harmanpreet added 95 runs between them in 128 balls and helped to steady the Indian innings following the loss of two early wickets.
With Raut at the crease, India needed just more than a run a ball for victory but her dismissal when she was trapped leg before by Shrubsole appear to send shockwaves through the team.
England vice-captain Anya Shrubsole was still riding the high of a player-of-the-match performance after taking 6-46 to lead England to the World Cup, but she too was looking ahead to the Australian summer.
Earlier, England skipper Heather Knight had won the toss and made a decision to bat.
In reply, India lost opening batsman Smriti Mandhana for a duck and skipper Mithali Raj was run out with the score on 43. Raut hung on for some more time, and Veda Krishnamurthy cracked a quick 35 before Shrubsole weighed in with decisive blows. Jhulan's household environment changed from ecstatic to gloomy as the Indian wickets fell. With this win, England won their fourth World Cup title.
India suffered a spectacular middle and lower order batting collapse to lose by nine runs to England in a nail-biting final of the ICC Women's World Cup at the Lords cricket ground here on Sunday.
"Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women's cricket". He said that the team showed tenacity and skills throughout the tournament.
This match is not going to be a very easy deal for both teams and especially for Indian team because England's team is all time favorite. Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami had the most successful inning bagging 3/23, while spinner Poonam Yadav also maintained pressure on the rival team with her 2/36. Let's face it. The women's team has never got the attention of the Indian cricketing authorities the way the men's team has. When we lost to South Africa and Australia (in pool play), no one thought we would get to the final.
England won the thriller by nine runs.
Mithali Raj revealed that it is her last World Cup appearance and also said that the girls have set a platform for a better future.
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