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Women's World Cup 2017: Eng vs Ind - Turning Point - Punam Raut Dismissal

It was a case of so near yet so far for the Indian women's team as they lost the ICC Women's World Cup final to England from a winning position at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Cricketnext Staff |July 23, 2017, 11:30 PM IST
Women's World Cup 2017: Eng vs Ind - Turning Point - Punam Raut Dismissal

It was a case of so near yet so far for the Indian women's team as they lost the ICC Women's World Cup final to England from a winning position at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Sunday.

After restricting England to 228/7 in 50 overs, India were cruising along in the championship match with Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur both slamming half-centuries.

Even after Harmanpreet was dismissed (51) for team score of 138/3, the Women's in Blue were in pole position to win the match as Raut then stitched a partnership with Veda Krishnamurthy.

But the complexion of the match completely changed in the 43rd over of the match when Anya Shrubsole got rid of Raut for 86. The India opener was adjudged LBW by the on-field umpire and in the end, her dismissal proved to be the turning point of the match.

None of the other batters could get hold of their nerves and they fell like a pack of cards. From 190/3, India were all-out for 219 in 48.4 overs.

Soon after Raut's dismissal, Sushma Verma was castled by Alex Hartley for 0. But it was the wicket of Veda Krishnamurthy that must have disappointed the Indian fans the most. The right-hander opted to cross bat a Shrubsole delivery and gave away an easy catch straight into the hands of the Natalie Sciver, who was fielding at mid-wicket.

Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad soon followed suit as India fell short by 9 runs with 8 balls to spare.

"It wasn't easy for England but credit to them for holding their nerve. They did well in those crunch moments which turned the game. The batting was a little inexperienced and they couldn't hold their nerve in the end overs," said India skipper Mithali Raj after the match.

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