England set India 228 to win final at Lord's

Posted July 23, 2017

England defeated South Africa by two wickets in a thrilling semi-final to secure their place in the final at Lord's, while India beat Australia by 36 runs to qualify. "As a team we are all very excited to be part of the final".

She accomplished the feat of becoming the first cricketer to represent India in Australia's Women Big Bash League.

During the 1973 event she and Enid Bakewell put on 246 - an English opening partnership record that stood until Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins made 268 at Lords against South Africa in 2008. The paddle sweeps in her repertoire could be a powerful weapon against the spin threat from India.

The hosts will leave behind the demons from the semi-final where the top order comprising the likes of Lauren Winfield, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver and Fran Wilson failed to convert their starts.

The "Home of Cricket" is expected to draw a large audience for the final.

The in-form Sciver struck 51 off 68 balls, hitting five boundaries in the process before her recovery act was cut short by Jhulan in the first ball of the 38th over. In WODI career that spans just 29 matches, she has already picked 40 wickets and an under-four economy. "As she has always delivered, we are hopeful she will come out with flying colours and will contribute to India's victory", said her father Harmandar Singh Bhullar, who works as a clerk with an advocate at the Moga district courts. She has played 10 Tests, 163 ODIs and 60 T20Is for India, taking 40, 192 and 50 wickets respectively, before the start of the match.

She smashed her way to an unbeaten 171 off 115 deliveries with 20 fours and 7 sixes to her name.

"It isn't going to be easy for England", promised India captain Mithali Raj after her side's stunning semi-final win over six-times champions Australia in Derby on Thursday. Playing at Ballarat, in Victoria, the talented bowler took five wickets for just 10 runs, before smashing a century with the bat.

England will be looking to attack Yadav early to prevent her from settling into her rhythm and this could play into the hands of Yadav and her legbreaks. Harmanpreet's younger sister Hemjeet Kaur is more confident of a big knock from her.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams to win the Wimbledon crown in front of a capacity Centre Court crowd last Saturday with a television audience extending into the millions in the United Kingdom, and many more around the world.

And that meant a lot of travelling for Lynne, the sole Welsh player in the England team.