It was a normal English day and the sun was out, bright. But for the cricketing world, it was the day to rejoice the gathering of finest women round the world. ICC Cricketing World Cup 2017 was about to begin.
On the first day, it was the host England taking on rather feeble India. The clash was considered to be one-sided but India’s claim couldn’t have been ruled out. And India showed why ! Stunning England by first scoring 281/3 and then by bowling them out for 246.
It was the opening partnership that worked for India. And the run-out that flipped the fortunes. First Indian wicket fell for 144 in 27th over. Mandhana(90) and Raut(86) gave the platform on which Mithali Raj capitalized well with 71.
Katherine Brunt’s run out was the turning point for the Indians and that is when match slipped from the hands of Barmy army handling them a loss of 35 runs. England bowlers failed to impress while Indian bowlers and fielders were amazing. Deepti sharma 3/47 was the iconic performance for India. And also the first DRS in the history fo women’s cricket went in the favour of India.
In other match, New Zealand stunned Sri Lanka by 9 wickets. South Africa takes on Pakistan in Leicester in the next match.
Pic credits: ICC World