India has made history in a fashionable way. The U19 Women's T20 World Cup champions are now the Shafali Verma-led squad. India reached the target in just 14 overs after a fantastic bowling performance in which they dismissed England for just 68. After the historic victory, Gongadi Trisha (age 24) said, "It's just a proud moment; it's our first world cup”. With the boys winning the world title in the Caribbean last year, India's victory on Sunday also confirms the nation's dominance at the U-19 level.
The World Cup victory has raised the status of women's cricket several notches, and women's cricket in India is on the rise. I'm excited to announce that the entire team and support staff will receive INR 5 crore as prize money. This year has undoubtedly been a game-changer, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah tweeted following the victory.
At Senwes Park on Sunday, India's bowling attack, which included leg-spinner Parshavi Chopra and pacer Titas Sadhu, laid the groundwork for a convincing victory over England.
With impressive figures of 4-0-6-2, Sadhu demonstrated that Indian women's pace bowling is in good hands following the retirement of Jhulan Goswami, and Chopra also continued her dream run by taking two for 13.
As England struggled after being asked to bat first, Archana Devi also claimed 2 for 17, while Mannat Kashyap (1/13), Shafali (1/16), and Sonam Yadav (1/3) each claimed one wicket.
India came out with a specific plan and executed it flawlessly after receiving encouragement from Neeraj Chopra, India's Olympic champion javelin thrower, as England's innings stalled at 16 for three after four overs.
Shafali launched Sophia Smale for a maximum in the 69-yard chase after starting with a boundary off Hannah Baker. After Alexa Stonehouse caught the India captain in the third over, Baker returned to remove him.
Shweta Sehrawat, who batted first and was her team's best batter in the competition, returned to the hut after giving Baker a straightforward catch off Grace Scrivens in the fourth over.
Following that, Soumya Tiwari (24 not out) and Gongadi Trisha (24) dug in with a 46-run partnership.
Trisha was outfielded by Stonehouse with four runs needed, and Tiwari scored the go-ahead runs.
The other international cricket player in the U-19 team, in addition to Shafali, was Richa Ghosh.
Prior to this, in her four overs allotted, Sadhu bowled 20. balls. Liberty Heap ((0)) was dismissed with a superb caught and bowled effort by her in the fourth ball of the innings.
Spinner Archana then dismissed Niamh Fiona Holland (10), and Gongadi Trisha made an incredible catch to dismiss Grace Scrivens (4), giving Archana her second wicket.
Sadhu had the opportunity to increase her wicket total, but senior pro Richa dropped a catch of Ryana Macdonald Gay after she edged a ball that was traveling away from her.
But since she entered Seren Smale (3)'s gates immediately after, the Bengal pacer didn't have to wait any longer.
Macdonald Gay hit the fence a few times to relieve some of the pressure, but then Parshavi Chopra, a leg-spinner in fine form, joined the fray and trapped Charis Pavely (2) in front of the wicket, reducing England to 39 for 10 overs with half of their team out.
Left-arm spinner Kashyap also kept things tight at the other end as Chopra removed Macdonald Gay with Archana taking a superb one-handed catch with a full dive at extra cover. In the big game, India's fielding was superb.
Shafali, the captain, brought herself in when England was 46 for 6 in 12 overs, but Alexa Stonehouse hit her for a rare boundary.
Soumya then took the field when her direct hit left Josephine Groves significantly short, leaving England at 53 for 7. When Richa produced a stumping effort, Shafali and she worked together to further humiliate England. Sonam took a dolly at cover and Kashyap removed Stonehouse after that.