- India defeated England in Potchefstroom by 8 wickets.
- In 17.1 overs, India bowled England out for 68.
- India completed the run chase in 14 overs.
India, led by Shafali Verma, won the first-ever U19 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, making history in the process. On January 29 at Potchefstroom’s Senwes Park, India defeated Grace Scrivens’ England by a margin of seven wickets in the final match.
India did a great job after choosing to field first, dismissing their opponents for a paltry score of 68 in just 17.1 overs. There was no stopping Shafali’s women after they reduced England to 22 for four in 6.2 overs.
England player Ryana MacDonald-Gay led the team in scoring with 19 runs off 24 balls and three fours. Although they reached double digits, Niamh Holland, Alexa Stonehouse, and Sophia Smale were unable to convert.
Titas Sadhu, Archana Devi, and Parshavi Chopra each claimed two wickets. With only six runs allowed and a 1.50 economy rate, Sadhu was India’s top bowler. Shafali, the captain, Mannat Kashyap, and Sonam Yadav each took one wicket.
- Archana Devi took 2 for 17,
- Mannat Kashyap (1/13),
- Shafali Verma (1/16), and
- Sonam Yadav (1/3).
Every player took one wicket.
Final Hit by Shafali Verma
India scored 16 runs in the first two overs, pushing Shafali and Shweta Sehrawat to an early lead in the run chase. Shafali, who smashed one four and a six on her way to 15 off 11 dismissed by Hannah Baker, giving England their first victory.
The first victim of Scrivens was Sehrawat, who ended the competition with the most runs scored. Shweta scored 297 runs from seven matches, an average of 99, three half-centuries, and a maximum score of 92 unbeaten.
Soumya Tiwari and Gongadi Trisha grabbed control and led India to victory after they had lost two wickets for 20 in 3.4 overs. Trisha had reached position 24 in her innings when Stonehouse took her out. India eventually reached the objective with 36 balls remaining. Soumya continued to be in on 24.
The other end was held in check by left-arm spinner Kashyap as Chopra removed Gay with Archana making a stunning one-handed grab. Shafali, the captain, called herself in when England reeling at 46 for 6 in 12 overs. But Alexa Stonehouse hit her for a rare boundary.
When Soumya Tiwari’s powerful hit left Josephine Groves significantly short, putting England at 53 for 7, she immediately stepped up. Richa and Shafali then worked together to produce a stumping attempt in an effort to further humiliate England. Sonam catching and bowling Sophia Smale, Kashyap removed Stonehouse by taking a dolly at the cover.
Any level of the Women’s T20 World Cup has never been won by the Indian women’s cricket team. On three separate occasions and in different formats, the seniors came close to winning the World Cup, but they fell short.