Mithali named captain of ICC Women's World Cup team

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Manjrekar, later, also posted a series of Tweets on women's cricket. "These girls have really set the platform for the upcoming generations in India".

Australia's semi-final nemesis Harmanpreet Kaur, fresh from her 171 not out last Thursday, carried on where she left off at Derby with two big sixes before she was caught on the square leg boundary for 51. However, Raj, known for her calm demeanour, was at it again and there were no signs of her being overwhelmed by the moment.

England pace bowler Anya Shrubsole starred with a late burst of five wickets for 11 runs in 19 deliveries.

However, wicketkeeper-batswoman Sarah Taylor (45) and Natalie Sciver (51) stayed long at the crease and help their team past 200.

England did indeed look out of it with India, chasing a modest target of 229, cruising along at 191 for three. Indians came to bat and lost the wickets of Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj in quick session.

The lower middle order of the Indian team could not play as per the expectations and failed to utilise the solid foundation provided by Harmanpreet Kaur and Punam Raut.

Step forward Player of the Match Shrubsole, and after running out Shikha Pandey, she removed both Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad in the penultimate over of the game to clutch victory for England from the jaws of defeat with a stunning spell of bowling.

"If someone had said to me that all this time later I'd be at Lord's, winning a World Cup final, I would have laughed them away - you never think that sort of thing happens". "Proud of the team". This is the second times India have finished as the second-best team in World Cup final, they had earlier lost in the finals to Australia in 2005.

Shrubsole's figures of 6-46 were the best ever in a World Cup final and ensured England, now four-time tournament winners, defended their total of 228-7 in front of a sell-out crowd and ended an eight-year wait for global silverware. "This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers".

The only cricketer, male or female, who has more consecutive fifties in ODIs is former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad.