New Delhi: Indian bowlers’ tremendous bowling performance followed by Gongadi Trisha and Soumya Tiwari’s knocks helped India lift the inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup title after defeating England by seven wickets in the summit clash here at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 69, India captain Shafali Verma started their world cup winning chase by smashing a beautiful four on Hannah Baker’s delivery. Baker then gave her team a big breakthrough as she dismissed Shafali for 15 off 11. England bowlers tried to turn the game back in their hands as captain Grace Scrivens removed dangerous batter Shweta Sehrawat for 5 runs of 6 balls.
The right-handed batter Gongadi Trisha then came out to bat. Soumya Tiwari played some aggressive boundaries while Trisha played the anchor role. After 10 overs India needed 21 runs in 60 balls to win. Gongadi Trisha then opened her hands to hammer Ellie Anderson for back-to-back two fours.
In the 13th over of the innings, Alexa Stonehouse dismissed batter Gongadi Trisha for 24 off 29 deliveries. Soumya Tiwari then led Team India to clinch the inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup title beating England by seven wickets.
Earlier, opted to field first, Indian bowlers completely dominated the game from the beginning against England in the summit clash. Titas Sadhu provided India with their first wicket of the innings, dismissing England opener Liberty Heap on a two-ball duck.
The duo of Grace Scrivens and Niamh Fiona Holland tried to handle the pressure as they played some boundary shots. However, Holland could not stand long on the crease as she was sent back to the pavilion.
After Holland’s wicket, England’s batters could not hold long and lost their wicket at regular intervals in front of Indian bowlers’ tremendous bowling performance. India set the tone early with the new ball and gave blows to the England Women Under-19 at regular intervals to bundle them for 68.
Titas Sadhu, Archana Devi and Parshavi Chopra bagged two wickets respectively. Ryana Macdonald Gay scored the highest for England with 19 runs off 24 balls.
Brief score: England 69/3 (Ryana Macdonald Gay 19, Alexa Stonehouse 11; Titas Sadhu 2-6) vs India 69-3 (Soumya Tiwari 24*, Soumya Tiwari 24; Hannah Baker 1-13).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian women’s cricket team for winning the first-ever ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup.
Congratulations to the Indian Team for a special win at the @ICC #U19T20WorldCup. They have played excellent cricket and their success will inspire several upcoming cricketers. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours. https://t.co/BBn5M9abHp
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 29, 2023
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami congratulated the team for making the nation proud.
शाबाश टीम इंडिया!#u19womenst20worldcup के फाइनल मुकाबले में इंग्लैंड को हराकर विश्वविजेता बनने पर भारतीय अंडर 19 महिला क्रिकेट टीम को हार्दिक बधाई।
— Pushkar Singh Dhami (@pushkardhami) January 29, 2023
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar hailed the team for winning the trophy under the leadership of ‘Haryana’s daughter Shafali Verma.
पहला महिला अंडर-19 टी20 क्रिकेट विश्वकप भारत के नाम!
हरियाणा की बेटी @TheShafaliVerma के नेतृत्व में आज भारतीय महिला क्रिकेट टीम ने इतिहास रचते हुए इंग्लैंड को हराकर विश्वकप जीत लिया है।
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) January 29, 2023
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the future of women’s cricket while congratulating the team.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 29, 2023
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath called the victory an inspiration for the talents of the country.
देश की बेटियों ने आज ऐतिहासिक ICC Women’s #U19T20WorldCup जीत लिया। पूरी टीम को हार्दिक बधाई!
टीम की अटूट लगन और कड़ी मेहनत से प्राप्त यह ऐतिहासिक उपलब्धि देश-दुनिया की प्रतिभाओं के लिए प्रेरणा है।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) January 29, 2023
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