ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Dramatic win for England in Final

It’s a big day for the hosts of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017! The action packed 2017 edition of Women’s World Cup have finally come to an end with Team England emerging as winners. England locked horns with the Indian Cricket team on 23rd July, 2017 at Lord’s, London for the final battle.

The England Women’s team batted first and put up a total of 228 runs on the board for India to chase. The team lost a total of 7 wickets in 50 complete overs. The Women in Blue were all set for the hustle and fought their best. Team India went all strong and sorted till the 40th over with a near 200 score on the cards and just 3 wickets down, but the vigor strolled south as soon as the 4th wicket went down.

With Punam Raut (86 runs in 115 balls) going back to the pavilion on 42.5 over, the team collapsed and the whole team was bowled out by the end of the 48th over. The team could manage to put up a total score of 219 and lost by 9 runs.

Highlights

  • England won WWC17 Final by just 9 runs
  • Punam Raut knocks 86 runs off 115 balls
  • Shrubsole picked up 6 wickets, named Player Of The Match
  • With 410 runs scored in the tournament, Tammy Beaumont wins Player of the Tournament award
  • Harmanpreet Kaur scored a 51 off 80 balls
  • Jhulan Goswami of India picked up 3 wickets

The Women in Blue fought like warriors throughout the tournament and made sure their every win was a star-studded affair and every loss was a lesson learned. But one thing’s for sure India’s Women in Blue have everything it takes for being world-class cricketers.

On the occasion, Team England’s Captain Heather Knight expressed, “I can’t stop smiling. The girls have been outstanding. We’ve made it hard for ourselves, but we’ve won some tight games. All that we’ve done in the last 18 months was to deal with situations where the heat was on. Anya Shrubsole, what a hero. What a day! They were batting brilliantly. Punam was superb, they got a few partnerships. The girls really held their nerve, apart from the drop of Jenny Gunn which was stressful. Thanks to everyone for their support. Credit to the ECB and ICC”

The captain of the Indian Cricket team, Mithali Raj, expressed, “I’m proud. It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerve. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked. I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team. Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a Women’s cricket final. This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers. Jhulan is an experienced bowler and has always delivered when the team has needed her to. It could’ve been a match-winning performance, but I knew England have depth. All the youngsters tried their best, I’m sure this experience will help them. Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women’s cricket.”

The underdogs finish first – ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Finale, Highlights

After losing their first ICC match against the boys in Blue the Pakistani players sure gave their game a 360o turn. Beating teams like England, Sri Lanka and South Africa the cadre in green beat India in the final game securing the ICC Championship trophy, 2017 for themselves.

India was consistent in their game throughout the tournament with the exception of losing only to Sri Lanka. But in the final game lady luck failed to show her charm on our boys. The holy month of Ramzan was indeed in favour of team Pakistan as they beat India by a whopping margin of 180 runs.

The holy month of Ramzan was indeed in favour of team Pakistan

Electing to field after the winning the toss the peril of team India began when they could not get a single wicket till 125 runs. The opposition seemed to have brought their A-game to the field scoring a behemoth of 338 runs in 50 overs for a loss of just 4 wickets. If that was not enough, in the second inning Rohit Sharma left the game as early as on the 3rd ball of the first over from Pakistan. Leaving the hopes of a win in a tight knot. The second blow came to India with Kohli leaving the field in the 3rd over.

Paving the way for a superb inning from Pakistan’s side was Fakhar Zaman who was crowned the Man of the Match for scoring a century in the pressure finale. Among the bowlers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali were the star players to take the maximum wickets- 3 each, followed by Shadab Khan and Junaid Khan.

Though the Indian bowlers were badly battered by the Pakistani batting front the chasing target was not an impossible one to achieve considering the past performance of India’s batsmen. But somehow the Indian batting line failed to appreciate the challenge and bleed wicked early in the innings which cemented the victory for the opposition.

One cannot rule out the fighting spirit that the Pakistani team brought even in the second innings. They were a team on a mission to salvage their image and raise their team’s stature to the winner’s podium. The team of newbies has created history by winning the ICC Champions trophy for the first time.

Even after losing the toss and being put under the pressure of batting first and creating a target for the Indian batting force they persevered.

But truly neither Pakistan nor the world has seen the last of team India. They will be back!

 

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 so far

Even after the minor setback against Sri Lanka, India is dominating Group B with its splendid performance on the field. The hopes of ever cricket fan are soaring even higher after the win against South Africa on Sunday i.e. 11th June 2017. Let’s take a look at the game so far.

Cricket - Most popular sport in India

Performance of team India

Team India’s perform in world tournaments especially in the recent decade has been well balanced. The notable wins being the World Cup victory of 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy of 2013. They plan their strategies and steadfast towards the championship wins. This tournament seems no different. Under the captainship of Virat Kohli the boys in blue are on their ‘A’ game since day one.

Ben Stokes proves his mettle

Ben Stokes proves his mettle

Ben Stokes salvaged England’s sagging performance in the chase against Australia and secured a position for his team in the tournament after successfully knocking out team Australia for good. The IPL star lived up to his high price tag, scoring a century- not out- ahead of captain Eoin Morgan’s 87.  The host captain and Stokes changed the course of the game owing to their partnership of 159.

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The titan that is Bangladesh

The titan that is Bangladesh

The once underdogs of cricket have displayed a champions’ run in the current ICC trophy knocking off another contending giant from the Trophy- New Zealand. Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan lead an iconic 224 run partnership that paved the way to victory for team Bangladesh. As Australia failed to beat England on Saturday 10th June 2017 (thanks to the uprising lead by Stokes) Bangladesh now moves to the Semi-finals against India.

Top run makers

Along with staggering partnerships, the championship has seen some of the greatest batting talents. Among the top scorers is- India’s Shikhar Dhawan with 271 runs, out of which 125 were made while playing against Sri-Lanka. Followed by Kane Williamson with 244 runs and a high score of 100. Shadowing him is Tamim Iqbal at 223, Joe Root at 212 and Rohit Sharma at 181.

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The bowling line up

The bowlers too have displayed some phenomenal flair when it came down to taking those crucial wickets. Ironically it is Australia’s Josh Hazlewood who has the most deliveries to wicket ratio- chalking up to 9 wickets in a total 28 overs. England’s Liam Plunkett comes in at number 2 only to miss the number 1 position by 3 balls and one wicket. His total overs come to 27.3 with 8 wickets. Following him is Adil Rashid, Adam Milne and Imran Tahir.

It has been an exhilarating cricket experience this far and looking at the current brawl of the cricket mammoths the entertainment quotient of the semis and finals cannot be expected to be any different.

 

The titan that was Pakistan Cricket team

The team that was one of the most formidable opposing side to the top brass of world cricket and especially India, has now been reduced to a struggling contender. The present perilous state of the team is evident from their recent loss to India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Former Cricketer Imran Khan took to Twitter immediately after the match on Sunday 4th June 2017 expressing his deep regret to see the new line up being thrashed by their Indian counterparts. He strongly advocated the need of strong reforms on the basis of merit, failing which the talent gap between India and Pakistan will only increase.

This is not the first defeat of Pakistan at the hands of India. In recent years, they have lost 13 matches out of 15 in World Tournaments (including World Cup, ICC and T20). Pakistan has not been able to recover from their losing streak since. Former crickets believe that the root cause of the problem lies in the selection process.

Another reason for the downfall of this cricket giant is the rising drug abuse issue within the team since 2006. Players like Shoaib Akhtar (2006), Mohammad Asif (2006), Abdul Rehman (2012), Kashif Siddiq (2014) and Raza Hasan (2015) have been found positive for doping and have thus served a suspension from playing. The reasons and circumstances might tell a different or a compassionate story even, behind such actions, but the spirit and talent pool of the team has definitely received a severe set-back.

A simple look at last Sunday’s match only upsurges the growing concern in the current tournament that Pakistan’s ranking is at the eight position (even below Bangladesh) as per one-day international gradings. India is ranked number 3 on the same grading chart. The defeat at the hands of India has definitely added to the pressure of their past underperformances.

To top it off, the Pakistan’s team coach has himself acknowledged the fact that the players had suffered ‘stage fear’ while facing the well-composed team India. That might be true to some extent as the players failed to step it up with the core game itself. They were dropping simple catches and failed to cut the chase run rate by taking advantage of their bowling variations.

The players would definite try to redeem themselves in the upcoming matches but against teams like South Africa, Australia and India their prospects of survival in the tournament look bleak at best.

Cricket – Most popular sport in India

Cricket came to India along with the then expanding British empire. Though the Britishers left, the game stayed and has become a religion in its own right today in India. There is no corner, galli (lane) or ground in this country where this game is not played.

Due to its international appeal, the infrastructure as regards to training and space is much better available in India as compared to other sports. There are ample training institutes that coach budding talent in the nitty-grittys of the game. There is a major cricket stadium in almost every state.

The Indian cricket team’s contribution to the game is also significant. Till date, India has won two ICC Cricket World Cups the highest honour in international cricket. Over the years, India’s performance over the international circuit has improved significantly.

The game has given many Indian players like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni, Virat Kohli and others celebrity status.

India has a strong governing body BCCI which plays a significant role in promoting cricket in Indian and structuring a well-groomed team to represent India, internationally. Though surrounded by controversies the BCCI is a systematic council of members that has been regulating cricket in India since 1928.

Cricket is not only about the sport but is also about the worship of the players. Due to their mass appeal crickets are often the first choice when it comes to endorsing a brand. And if the brand is even remotely related to sports crickets are the first choice over any sportsman.

In 2008 when IPL was introduced it changed the format of the game altogether. There were no more national rivalries. Players who played for their respective countries in the ICC world cups, tests and one days were put in a pool together and integrated into secular teams. This made the game even more popular. Over the years, the game of cricket has been heavily modified to make it more interesting and difficult as well. As mentioned, new formats come up. It started off with test matches, then ODIs with 50-50 overs each side, then came in the, now, nation’s favourite – T20 format. The rules make it more of a gentleman’s game as oppose to its notorious image before. There are new technologies introduced in the format to give the game more appeal which inturn makes the whole viewing experience interesting.

Cricket in India is more popular than the National game- Hockey. That does say something about its influence.