Indian women stormed into the final of ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup final by outplaying strong favorites Australia. In the final on Sunday at Lord’s, they clash with another strong team: hosts England. The team’s performance has caught the imagination of sport-loving public in India. The fearless display against Australia has
Preview – England
England are the strong favourites here. It is true that they lost against India in the league phase. It was their first match of the tournament. But they have improved with each outing and now are in supreme form. In fact, the loss against India was the only defeat England suffered in the entire tournament. Sarah Taylor, Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight are the batting mainstays for England. If a couple of them go on to make a big score, England will lift the trophy easily. The all-round skills of Katherine Brunt and the bowling power of Anya Shrubsole make the team extremely strong. If you just go by the form book, you can simply put your money on England. For Odds click here
Preview – India
Just like their male counterparts in 1983, who won the World Cup by beating then mighty West Indies, Indian women too are in the cusp of creating history. They are aware of how massive the moment will be in India. Plus, it will be a fitting gift to veterans like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. They veteran duo will be surely eager to make their own contribution. But much will depend on younger players like Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma and Smriti Mandhana. It will be an upset if India do defeat England; but it will not be a surprise.
Our Prediction: England know the conditions well. However, India is likely to enjoy better crowd support. The all-round efficiency of the England team should take them to victory. Check out the odds now.