India Women Under 19 cricket team created history by defeating England Under 19 Women by wickets on Sunday (January 29) to win the first-ever ICC U19 T20 World Cup 2023. The Girls-in-Blue bowlers Titas Sadhu, Archana Devi, and Parshavi Chopra grabbed two wickets each to bundle out England just for 68 runs in the final.
Chasing 69, there was a bit of panic at the start as India lost their captain Shafali Verma in the third over which left the side 16/1. England were desperate for hope while defending their total and Shweta Sehrawat’s wicket after just one over was the perfect moment for them to put the pressure back on the opposition. India finished their powerplay on 30/2. Notably, Shweta is the leading run-scorer of the tournament, and her wicket gave the England team a lot of hope.
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However, the other batters kept their nerves until the end and got their team over the line. England registered their first loss in the tournament losing the final against a mighty Indian side who were just hungry to write their names in the history books of cricket. Soumya Tiwari and Gongadi Trisha kept their cool completing the chase and guiding the Indian women team to glory.
Through some tight bowling and sharp fielding, England were restricting India`s runs. But Soumya and Trisha kept the scoreboard ticking by taking singles. Soumya also got a boundary off Sophia in the eighth over by flicking past the keeper and replays showed Grace`s elbow was in contact with the rope while pushing the ball away.
When Josie Groves dropped short and wide in the next over, Soumya was quick to cut through point for a boundary. Trisha, on the other hand, was classy in pulling Ellie Anderson on the front foot and back foot through square leg for back-to-back boundaries in the 12th over.
Trisha then creamed Alexa Stonehouse through a delightful drive-through extra cover in the 13th over. But in a bid to go for glory, she stepped out for a cross-bat swipe and was castled by Alexa. Soumya finished off the chase with a brace and then took a single through point to give India their first global trophy in women`s cricket.
Brief scores: England 68 all out in 17.1 overs (Ryana Macdonald-Gay 19, Titas Sadhu 2/6, Parshavi Chopra 2/13) lost to India 69/3 in 14 overs (Soumya Tiwari 24 not out, Gongadi Trisha 24; Hannah Baker 1/13, Grace Scrivens 1/13) by seven wickets (With IANS inputs)