Confident India will offer hosts England stern test in final

"We probably have all learnt from our mistakes in that game and hopefully we can make it right on Sunday". Her natural instinct and power came to the fore and she later turned to be the first Indian cricketer ever, male or female to be played in the KFC Big Bash T20 League.

England won the toss and elected to bat in front of a sell-out crowd and started strongly with openers Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont playing positively.

"Obviously we're out for a little bit of revenge but both sides have played a lot of cricket since then and changed a lot, so I don't think the first game will have much of a bearing".

England's 228 runs was only possible with the major contribution of Natalie Sciver (51), Sarah Taylor (45) and Katherine Brunt (34).

"This is the time for the youngsters to turn into superstars of the future", stated Mithali, who will be hanging up her bat once the World Cup is over.

Wishing another player, Harmanpreet Kaur, he said: "Who is not a fan of Harmanpreet Kaur?" England will want early wickets.

"Whether the viewing figures are the same, or if it gets the same following is a different issue, but we could have that standing as a spectator sport".

"Verma plays the important role of the wicket keeper".

Taylor thought she had Deepthi Sharma stumped but an drawn-out replay could not prove her foot was off the floor at the point of impact.

"I just fancy England at Lord's, even though India have had an exceptional tournament to get this far". Rajeshwari Gayakwad triggered the collapse of England.

But Shrubsole got the job done with the next ball, clean bowling Gayakwad to spark celebrations on the pitch and bedlam in the stands in north London.

India was beaten by Australia back in 2005 but banished those demons by knocking out the reigning World Cup victor in a dramatic semi-final in Derby. But Mithali Raj-led side defied all odds to crumble down Aussie hope by 36 runs and book a date with hosts England at the final.

But his contribution toward Indian women's cricket, who are on the brink of a historic World Cup triumph, can not be ignored. She is thrilled with the interest this tournament has garnered and, like many others, feels that the final between England and India will be the biggest match in women's cricket history. Victory gave England a fourth World Cup title and third on home soil, as it gained revenge for its opening group stage loss to India.

  • Julie Sanders