An inspired India won the first Women’s Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, thrashing England in a one-sided final.
England struggled on the big stage, being bowled out for 68 in the face of high-quality bowling and an exceptional fielding performance.
Liberty Heap was out for a duck in the first over, and captain and key batter Grace Scrivens was the second of two wickets to fall in the fourth.
From 16-3, India continued to take regular wickets, including Archana Devi’s diving one-handed catch and Soumya Tiwari’s direct hit run-out.
England had advanced to the final with flying colors, but were outclassed by an India team that included two full internationals, including captain Shafali Verma.
The superstar opener was caught for 15 in the third over of the chase, dropping India to 20-2, but her team still won by seven wickets and six overs.
When the final runs were scored, the Indian players rushed onto the field to celebrate their first victory in a women’s World Cup.
“We are devastated by the outcome,” Scrivens said.
“Our batting performance was appalling. We had been doing so well at bowlers and just couldn’t do it today.”