England saved their worst two batting performances of the Tournament for the semi-final and Final and there was no ‘Great Escape - The Sequel’ today for them as India dominated the Final throughout.
England had batted first in all their matches, so being put in by India wouldn’t have fazed them but they lost wickets in each of the first two overs and things just went from bad to worse as the Indian battery of spinners found turn and bounce with the England batters struggling to find their timing on a sluggish pitch.
All six of the Indian bowlers claimed wickets with two each for Sadhu, Chopra and Devi.
England went with spin from the restart and claimed the wickets of Shafali Verma and Shweta Sehrawat in the first two overs.
They missed a chance to dismiss Souyma Tiwari cheaply when she edged a drive off Hannah Baker to Scrivens at slip. A difficult chance that came quickly at an awkward height. Tiwari went on to steer India home with a third wicket partnership with Gongadi Trisha worth 40.
Tense at times but not the spectacle that one hopes for in a World Cup Final, but that was down to a pitch that had no pace, gave encouragement to the spinners and made runs scoring difficult. No complaints from India though who came perfectly equipped for the conditions.