U-19 Women World Cup
India clinch inaugural U19 Women's T20 WC silverware
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India won the inaugural ICC U19 Women's T20 World Cup with a dominant performance against England.
India defeated England in the championship game with ease, winning with seven wickets remaining and six overs to spare thanks to a stellar new-ball performance and a composed run chase.
India's bowlers delivered a ruthless performance, more than justifying the decision to put England in to bat after winning the toss.
The England top order was reduced to 22/4 after six overs by opening bowlers Titas Sadhu and Archana Devi, with key batter Grace Scrivens among those who fell.
Sadhu bowled four complete overs, allowing just six runs and taking two wickets. Devi cost a little more, but on February 17, she witnessed the crucial firings of Scrivens and Niamh Holland (10).
Despite Ryana MacDonald-resistance, Gay's England was unable to complete their allotted number of overs because wickets kept falling (19).
And the final wicket fell with 17 balls still remaining, leaving India a target of just 69 to win.
Lightning did not strike twice, despite the incredible escape that England had pulled off against Australia in the semifinal.
Early on, Shafali Verma's aggressive 15 off 11 balls cut into the target, but the loss of both openers briefly gave India pause. Before Shweta Sehrawat was removed, Hannah Baker caught Verma.
However, Soumya Tiwari and Gongadi Trisha worked well together to resolve the conflict.
When Trisha went for the glory and was cleaned up by Alexa Stonehouse, the pair had advanced to within one hit of the target.
But India didn’t have to wait long for the winning moment, with Soumya Tiwari knocking a single to see it through with an unbeaten 24* from 37 balls, exactly what her side required on the big stage.
And the celebrations were huge as India claimed the title in the first-ever ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup.