India became the first Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup champion. Shefali Burma’s team defeated England by 7 wickets in the final on Sunday. Batting first, England scored 68 runs in 17.1 overs. In reply, India made 69 runs for 3 wickets in 14 overs. It should be noted that India won the U-19 World Cup for boys in February last year. In that sense, before the turn of the year, another cricket World Cup came to India’s house, and this time truly “Maa Tujhe Saalam” by our brave girls.
Despite the low run target, India’s innings did not start well. Skipper Shefali started well but got out quickly. Coming down to open, Shefali scored 15 runs off 11 balls. A four and a six came from her bat. Another opener Shweta Sehrawat also got out with 5 runs. She hit a four. The partnership of Soumya Tiwari and Gongadi Trisha for the third wicket gave the Indian innings confidence. As the target of victory was not big, both of them tried to bat without taking any risk. She played with the ball. She did not make mistakes when scoring runs on bad balls just as she did on good balls. After India lost 2 wickets for 20 runs, Soumya-Gongadir pair slowly started to walk on the road to victory.
India scored 48 runs in the first 10 overs. India’s target for the next 10 overs is 21 runs. After England’s innings ended for 68 runs, the Shefalis got the confidence they needed to become champions. Unable to score runs to contend with, England adopted a somewhat defensive strategy. There was no profit. When Gongadi returned to Sajghar with 24 runs, India was just 3 runs away from victory. She made 24 runs off 29 balls. Hit three boundaries. In the end, Soumya remained unbeaten with 24 runs. Her 37-ball innings was peppered with three fours. In the end, Hrishita Basu (unbeaten nil) was on the wicket with Soumya. England’s most successful bowler Alexa Stonehouse took 1 wicket for 8 runs. Hannah Baker and Grace Scrivens got one wicket each.
Indian bowlers also showed power in the final before the batters. Bengal’s strong bowler Titas Sadhu led the bowling attack. England’s batsmen could not capitalize. From the beginning of the final, they are seen suffering from nervous pressure. Indian team captain Shefali won the toss and sent England to bat. The Indian bowlers proved that her decision was not wrong. With the new ball, both the strong bowlers collapsed the batting of the England U19 women’s team. England’s batsmen could not handle the swing of Titus. She took 2 wickets by bowling 4 overs and costing only 6 runs. The resident of Hooghly Chunchura spent only 1.5 runs per over in T20 cricket. She returned to the dressing room with opener Liberty Heap (nil) and wicketkeeper-batsman Seren Smelke (3) at number four. Although not as stingy as Titus, Archana Devi also made the England batsmen uncomfortable. She dismissed Nimah Holland (10) at number three and opener and skipper Grace Cravens. Parshvi Chopra also said well. She took 2 wickets with 13 runs. Rianna MacDonald-Gay (19) and Cheris Pavelic (2) were dismissed.
When the Republic Day parade is returning from Delhi, Indian victorious Girls will return with a World Cup to India. A great way to celebrate the Republic Day Week for the Citizen of India.
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