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Indian eves lose thrilling WC final at Lord’s against England

India looked to be cruising to a first world cup win before a stunning spell of bowling from Anya Shrobsole (6-46) led them to collapse from 4-191 to 219 all out with eight ball to spare.England won the Women’s World Cup final in the most dramatic fashion against India at Lord’s.But Shrubsole – who struck a first-ball four to seal a two-wicket semi-final win over South Africa after England nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory – bowled Gayakwad next ball.At Lord’s, India lost by nine runs after looking good for major part of their 229-run chase. The Indian women rode on half-centuries from opener Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur to nearly overhauling the target.Shrubsole removed opener Punam Raut leg before wicket for 86. Veda Krishnamurthy (35 off 34 balls), Sushma Verma’s (0) and Jhulan Goswami (0) were dismissed in a space of nine balls. Jhulan Goswami bowled well by picking three wickets conceding only 23 runs and Mithali had special praise for her.More brilliance from Sarah Taylor nearly had Deepti Sharma out stumped, but then Shikha Pandey was run-out by Shrubsole, as 11 runs was needed from 14 balls with eight wickets down.Though India may have lost in the end, they fought well and this World cup has changed the face of Indian Women cricket in India forever.TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: Tamsin Beaumont (England), Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa), Mithali Raj (captain) (India), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper), Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Deepti Sharma (India), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Anya Shrubsole (England), Alex Hartley (England). “Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women’s cricket”. In what has been an otherwise average World Cup for the talented pace ace, she delivered when it mattered the most. She adds vast value to the team & her game has changed the course of many matches.”We did it the hard way”, admitted Knight afterwards.”I’m getting excited already about the Ashes Down Under and hopefully they can get their pay dispute sorted and we can play”. It was a nail biting final as both the teams gave their all to win the match.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, she said: “I remember the day, I remember watching him in that game – I don’t remember saying that but I guess it just shows that dreams can come true”.”I am for a loss of words at the moment”.In the end, England´s total in the final of 228 for seven, featuring Natalie Sciver´s 51 and valuable late-order runs had proved just enough.