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Final: England lost to India by 7 wickets.
Potchefstroom, 29 January.
England 68 (17.1 overs: Rayana MacDonald-Gay 19; Titas Sadhu 2-6, Parshavi Chopra 2-13, Archana Devi 2-17)
India 69/3 (14 overs: Gongadi Trisha 24, Souyma Tiwari 24*)
Players of India celebrate after winning the ICC Women's U19 T20 World Cup following the ICC Women's U19 T20 World Cup 2023 Final match between India and England (ICC)
India asked England to bat first and that decision paid off handsomely. England had batted first in all their games so far but they lost a wicket in the first over when Liberty Heap hit a return catch to Titas Sadhu. Niamh Holland swept a boundary off Archana Devi but then moved across to 'paddle', missed and the ball clipped the off bail! A bit of spin and some bounce in this pitch and Scrivens was down the track to Archana's final delivery in the over, didn't get to the pitch, caught by Gongadi Trisha running in and diving forward at long-off. Disastrous start by England that nearly got worse as keeper Richa Ghosh dropped an edge off Sadhu, Ryana MacDonald-Gay the lucky batter. Seren Smale was bowled by Sadhu and it was backs to the wall already for England. India's most successful bowler leg spinner Parshavi Chopra and Mannat Kashyap took up the attack, it wasn't going to get any easier, especially when Charis Pavely was given lbw, a huge inside edge being missed by the umpire. A diving one-handed catch by Archana Devi removed MacDonald-Gay. Could England's semi-final batting heroes Alexa Stonehouse and Josie Groves stage a repeat performance? No was the answer, as Josie Groves ran on a misfield and was run out by a direct hit at the bowler's end. Hannah Baker stretched and was stumped to give Shafali Verma a wicket and it was one-way traffic towards the dressing room, Sophia Smale chipping gently back to Sonam Yadev. England opened with legspin from Hannah Baker and slow left-arm of Sophia Smale. India went on the attack and lost Shafali Verma caught at mid-on, success for Baker and when Sehrawat top edged a flick off Scrivens and lobbed a catch to short fine leg. Scrivens dropped a hard edge off Tiwari at slip but India managed to keep from being totally becalmed. and were easing to victory when England finally turned to their seamers. They however conceded boundaries, although they did claim the wicket of Trisha as she heaved across the line and was bowled going for the winning hit. All over shortly after when Tiwari stroked the last ball of the fourteenth over into the covers for a single.
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