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England Scores 228, India Opts For Defensive Chase

England Scores 228, India Opts For Defensive Chase

The women's World Cup has been widely followed across India and this team's spirit and performance on the field has won admirers all over the world. This is the first time the Women in Blue entered the world cup final after 12 years.

Other former England women's players to have rung the five-minute bell at Lord's include Clare Connor, Charlotte Edwards and Claire Taylor.

"I'm a little bit lost for words, if I'm honest", Shrubsole told Sky Sports.

Raj, India's greatest-ever ODI run-scorer in women's cricket, was hopeful that her side's campaign would inspire her home board to invest more into growing the game among women in India and start a female T20 domestic tournament.

"My only advice to captain (Heather) Knight would be not to bowl spin when Kaur comes in because she absolutely smacked it against the Aussies at Derby on Thursday".

However, Edwards preferred to stray on the side of caution when it came to dismissing India's chances altogether, and she didn't discount their ability to spring a surprise or two.

At a time when the valiant team needs support and backing, wishes are pouring in for them from all quarters.

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Anya Shrubsole (centre, blonde hair) celebrates the World Cup victory with her England Women teammates.

"This message is for Mithali Raj and the girls. There's still one game to go and if we put a flawless performance in then, I'll be a very happy captain", Knight said.

India defeated England in their last encounter, inflicting England's only loss for the tournament, something Hartley hopes her side can rectify to claim a fourth world title.

It was Harmanpreet Kaur's blistering innings of 171 not-out in 115 balls, that routed Australia in the semi-finals. But the two were separated when Kaur swept Harley straight to Tammy Beaumont at deep backward square to end a stand of 95.

Taylor and Sciver's 101-ball partnership was full of swift running, with Taylor - now the third-highest run scorer in this World Cup with 396 to her name - going boundary-less during her 62-ball knock at headquarters. India's run in the tournament has been terrific so far.

"Jhulan Goswami is India's pride, whose wonderful bowling helps the team in key situations". Before the semi-final, 24 out of the 33 wickets picked by Indian bowlers had been taken by spinners.

Katherine Brunt made a breezy 34 and Jenny Gunn an unbeaten 25, but England's total of 228 for seven appeared distinctly reachable for India.

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