Indian eves snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as hosts England won the ICC Women’s World Cup final by 9 runs, at Lord’s on Sunday.
Chasing a tricky total of 229, Indian middle-order collapsed like a pack of cards, being bowled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.
It was a case of so near yet so far for the Indian team who would be devastated having come within a sniffing distance of a historic triumph.
The last seven wickets fell for a mere 28 runs in 6.5 overs as India were cruising along at 191 for 3 at one stage before Veda Krishnamurthy’s (35) atrocious shot selection brought the Englishwomen back into the game.
It was after opener Poonam Raut (86, 115 balls) anchored the innings while Harmanpreet Kaur hit a couple of sixes in her innings of 51.
Earlier, Natalie Sciver’s 51 and Sarah Taylor’s 45 laid the foundation for England’s decent total of 228 for 7.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed the Indian women cricket team for its performance in the World Cup final which it lost, saying the players gave their best.
Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017
The God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar also shared the pain of losing the final after reaching very close to the victory.
"Feel for all of you, Women In Blue! You were good throughout but sometimes it is not meant to be. Congrats England on winning WWC17Final!," he tweeted.