About the Match
The final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 will feature the hosts England and the only team that has beaten them in this tournament, India, in what promises to be a hard-fought encounter. England came into this series as pre-tournament favorites and will be looking for their fourth World Cup win while India has never finished better than the runners up in this tournament’s history.
The English team has run a near flawless campaign in this tournament and gotten better as it has progressed. Their only loss came against India in the opening match of this World Cup and even though South Africa ran them close in the semis, they have looked a cut above the teams they have competed against.
Will a loss against India be a disadvantage or actually help England fight any sort of complacency from creeping in?
A look at the English team’s stats for this tournament throws up some interesting figures. They are the only team to have crossed 350 twice in this tournament (only South Africa managed 300 apart from them) and have four batters that are totaling more than 300 runs.
Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor, Nate Sciverand Tammy Beaumont all form a fearsome batting lineup each capable of taking the game away from the opposition. All of them were present in the opening match when India beat England by 35 runs, though, the story might have been different were it not for a couple of very important run-outs.
Still, this England team has its weaknesses and that is their bowling. No England bowler has taken more than 8 wickets and they have struggled when the opposition has attacked them.
England has been banking on their run scoring to take the pressure away from the bowlers but against a strong batting order like India, this strategy may backfire.
A roller coaster campaign for India that began with a spate of victories, then a middle period where they lost their way leading to a knockout game against New Zealand, and then a tough semi final win against Australia has finally reached its final destination: the final.
Can India recover from the euphoria from beating Australia and witnessing what many are calling the greatest inning ever played in Women’s ODI cricket?
India has Mithali Raj, the skipper and in spectacular form to help them keep their eyes on the prize as well as some very crucial confidence to take with them into this match. They have beaten this England team before and will believe that they can beat them again.
Spin will play a central role in India’s challenge to England led by Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gaekwad. India’s medium pacers cannot be counted out either as they showed in the last match against Australia by picking up some crucial wickets.
This, however, will be a match between two strong batting lineups. In Mithali Raj, Poonam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma, India too has a very capable batting lineup which can post big totals although chasing might not be their forte.
A World Cup final brings with it a lot of extraneous pressure that can bring the team down and this where England’s experience of having been in this position multiple times before could be crucial.
India has the talent to win and momentum on its side.
Pitch and Conditions
A rainy Sunday has been forecast for the final which could make this match even more interesting! The toss will play a crucial role as both teams will want to bat first and then put pressure on the opposition. We have no doubt that a flat deck excellent for batting will be put forward for this match.
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