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Shrubsole's six-wicket haul leads England to fourth Women's World Cup triumph

England's players celebrate winning the world cup by lifting the trophy
England's players celebrate winning the world cup by lifting the trophy

England Women 228-7 (Sciver 51) beat
India Women 219 (Raut 86) by nine runs
Final, ICC Women's World Cup, Lord's

Anya Shrubsole registered her career best figures of 46 for six as England made a remarkable comeback to win the ICC Women's World Cup final against India at Lord's by nine runs on Sunday.

This is also England's fourth title win after previously winning in 1973, 1993 and 2009 editions.

Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bat first. Lauren Winfield (24) and Tammy Beaumont (23) shared a 47 run stand in 11 overs but India bounced back to dismiss both the openers along with Heather Knight (1) to reduce England to 63 for three. Poonam Yadav (2-36) picked two out of the three wickets.

Sarah Taylor (45) and Natalie Sciver (51) resurrected the innings with a 83 run stand for the fourth wicket as England reached 146 for three in 32 overs.

However, Jhulan Goswami (3-23) dented England's hopes when she accounted for Taylor, Fran Wilson (0) and Sciver in a span of 17 runs and it needed special efforts from Katherine Brunt (34) and Jenny Gunn (25 not out) to help the hosts post 228 for seven in the 50 overs.

Shrubsole (6-46) started the innings with a lot of promise when she castled Smriti Mandhana (0) in the second over but Punam Raut (86) and Mithali Raj (17) looked solid with a 38 run stand before the latter was run out.

Harmanpreet Kaur (51) started the innings cautiously as the run rate took a beating but her stand of 53 runs with Raut put India in firm control during the chase as they needed 37 runs to win off 43 deliveries with eight wickets in hand.

It was Alex Hartley (2-58), who brought England back into the game with the wicket of Kaur following which Shrubsole bowled the spell of her career which saw the back of Raut, Veda Krishnamurthy (35) and Jhulan Goswami (0) while also playing an effective role in the run out of Shikha Pandey (8).

With 11 runs needed off the final two overs, Shrubsole bowled another brilliant 49th over in which she snared both Deepti Sharma (14) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (0) to complete a thrilling nine run win for England and the title to go with it.

Shrubsole also bagged the player of the match award for her game changing spell while Beaumont won the player of the tournament award.

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