this is why she was so calm! England have a fourth World Cup title! Poonam plays down the wrong line. The full and straight delivery comes back in furiously from wide of the crease, she not only played outside the line but also was late on the shot. Heard the off stump take a wickets. Six wickets for Shrubsole. Superhuman effort.
Sriram Sullia sums it up: "You play like a girl" - Finest compliment from this day forward!" Hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. Until next time, I say goodbye on behalf of my colleague Alan Gardner. Cheers, peeps
The passing of the baton has been done. Debbie Hockley accepts it from ECB. New Zealand will host the next edition in 2021. For now, Knight joins the rest of the team as they lift the World Cup trophy. What scenes. Perfect setting to script a fairytale
Heather Knight, the victorious England captain: "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."
Anantha: "A long time ago, as a ninth grader - warming up for a running race at school, a girl senior of mine told me about a certain Mithali Raj, a woman cricketer playing for India. I had never heard of her before - or of any other women cricketers. My friend ran the race that day, an injury to her leg, her determination inspiring us all. She wanted to be like Mithali Raj. I have not forgotten that race. I have not forgotten Mithali Raj."
Mithali Raj: Yes, 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
Dave: "Fantastic! What drama! Not sure how they did it but brilliant, just brilliant! Well done ladies! What a win! And what a final! Great advert for women's cricket at a packed Lords! England: World Cup winners! Yes!!" Go out, celebrate.
Mithali confirms: I will definitely play for a couple of years more, but I don't see myself playing the next World Cup.
All the India players walk up to collect their runners-up medals. All of them are, understandably, heart broken. The crowd applauds, however. Great to see the kind of support they've enjoyed. Fans have come in for all their games, right through the tournament.
Tammy Beaumont, who went past 400 runs in the tournament, has been named Player of the Series. "Robbo (the coach) had to remind me that I've been doing well. So many of the girls stood up. It's been a great team performance. Myself and Lauren got off to a good start but we thought we threw it away. But our batting order has been superb. Jenny Gunn and Katherine Brunt were excellent. Full credit to Raut and Kaur, they put on an exceptional partnership. In my head it was never in doubt, we knew one wicket could change things. It was back in April that we all came here to the Lord's tour. Lot of hard work went into it, all for just this moment.
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Anya Shrubsole, is the Player of the Match for her six-wicket haul. Hall of famer and a pioneer of Women's cricket Enid Bakewell presents her the award "I'm a little bit lost for words, if I'm honest," she says. "Just an unbelievable game, it looked for a minute like we were out of it but one of the great things about this team is we never give up, Alex Hartley got that vital wicket of Harmanpreet and we never looked back from there. It's more that you don't want the game to be ruined by rain, it was just an amazing game from start to finish and I think it's a very fitting final for what's been a brilliant World Cup. It's a WC final, there's a huge amount of pressure, so much pressure on new batters coming in. We never let the run rate get away from us, even though we weren't getting wickets, so we knew if we got a couple we'd be right in the game. [Twitter pic] Absolutely not, it's a dream and a dream you never think is going to come true. Here watching my dad play in the club national knockouts, so to be back 16 years later as a World Cup winner is just amazing."
Spare a thought for MithalI Raj and Jhulan Goswami. This was their last World Cup game, but there's no crowning glory. Such is sport, but what the Indian team has achieved has been tremendous. This will be a big, big boost to young players coming through, motivate them to greater heights. Pinch yourself and let this sink in: They beat England, Australia, New Zealand- three big teams en route the final. Now for them to build forward from here. Credit to the support staff as well. They can walk away with their heads held high.
Kunal: "Well done England. Really well done. Take a bow, Anya Shrubsole. India, don't lose heart, you've played really well, and I hope to see you winning it in four years time. You can do it. Mithali, Jhulan, Veda, Harmanpreet, Punam, Smriti, Shikha, Ekta, Sushma, Rajeshwari, Poonam and everyone else have stepped up at one point of the other. They'll grow. And learn, and come off better for it."
Sarah Taylor: Probably there couldn't have been a better comeback. Proud of the girls, it's been a roller coaster year for me, but to be part of this team is simply incredible. For me, it was a case of being healthy and see how I go, I was just lucky to be here for the World Cup. India played exceptionally well. Good luck to them in the future. Heather Knight's such a calm character.
England coach Mark Robinson: India played really well, but I'm so proud of the girls. We knew we were 30 light, but we knew we were always in the game. It was a fighting score. This team has a lot of heart. The game's been incredibly backed by the ICC. What an atmosphere today. I really enjoyed every minute of it. The girls have been really well behaved this trip, there's going to be some celebration tonight.
Jenny Gunn: It's brilliant to be here at Home of Cricket, in front of family and friends. This is one of the best teams I've played with.
Alex Hartley: I can't believe it. This is what we've been working for. It's a dream come true for all of us. I've never stepped onto Lord's before in a game. Absolutely fantastic that we managed to pull it off. Anya Shrubsole, what a hero.
Fran Wilson: We knew we'd be able to pull through. We've done it before. Credit to Anya. I can't tell you what was going through my head. Past experiences plus knowing 20,000 people behind you kept us calm. It was amazing, an incredible experience. I can't imagine life after the World Cup.
Laura Marsh: Think I bowled okay, but the way Anya bowled was fantastic. I think in a final, every runs' really important. We always knew we're right in the game. Simply brilliant.
5.40pm Heartbreak for India. How did it get here? I don't think anyone in the India camp know what hit them. They were cruising at 191 for 3. Then Shrubsole came in and nipped out wickets in a hurry as England have created magic. What a stunning endorsement for the tournament. What a sensational final we've had. You couldn't have asked for a better game than this. Lord's goes wild. India will have every reason to believe victory has been stolen from right under their nose.
Veda Krishmamurthy's dismissal set the alarm bells ringing. India also perhaps erred by sending Sushma Verma ahead of Deepti Sharma. That gave England a window of an opportunity to build pressure
Gunn has made a right royal mess at mid-off! As simple as they come, Poonam toe-ended this lofted hit, this dipped on her but no excuses, should've been taken. The bowler was super calm though
full and straight on middle, squeezes the drive to cover
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Five wickets for Anya Shrubsole! Deepti walks to the leg side to swing this away but the change in pace meant she skewed it off the top part of the bat to midwicket. As simple as they come. England edge closer to the World Cup title
India are four ahead of DLS par score at the moment
hit hard to mid-off, Poonam set off for a run but sensible call from Deepti to refuse the run. What awareness
right into the blockhole, squeezed to short midwicket. Deepti was off for a single but turned back just in time
full on off, squeezed to covewr
Oh, dear. Shikha, what have you done? Hit this short ball straight to point, set off for a run but was halfway down the pitch when she was sent back. There was never a run there. The throw wasn't the best but Sarah Taylor did superbly well to collect it. She was off balance but held her nerve to whip the bails off. Shikha wasn't even in the frame
slides a length ball down leg, she looks to paddle and misses. Wide called, expression changes in the dressing room
slower and fuller outside off, she looked to sweep but this was looped up so much that she had enough time to change her stroke and squeeze this towards point
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slower and fuller outside off, steered to short third man. Deepti was running towards the danger end but they scamper through
Jenny Gunn is back into the attack
thick inside edge towards square leg. Pushed down the wrong line as the ball veered back in
eases this length ball on off to point
Drizzling. What drama
full and straight on the stumps, eased to long-on
appeal for stumping but Deepti's back foot is in the air. Or has it been grounded? It's a question of one frame. From one angle it seems she's in. From another, it seems the backfoot is in the air when the bails come off. When the LED bails glow, it seems to have plonked back in. Given not-out, very close call. Anyway, coming back to the ball, she was overbalanced briefly in trying to tickle this slower delivery down leg.
too full and sliding down leg, tickled towards deep fine leg. Urgency from Deepti. Shikha wasn't all that keen but her younger colleague urged her to complete it
right into the blockhole, squeezed to third man. Somehow got the bat down in time, it came down at an angle too
length on middle and leg, nurdled with the angle as they scamper a quick single
too short but can't pick that away. Rocks back and smears this to the fielder at the edge of the ring at cover
too much flight, worked with the spin to long-on