India beat England in the inaugural edition of the U19 Women's T20 World Cup, winning by seven wickets. After a successful bowling performance and excellent fielding helped India dismiss England for 68, Soumya Tiwari (24 not out) and Gongadi Trisha (24) shared a 46-run stand for the third wicket to secure India's first-ever World Cup title in women's cricket.
The historic win took place at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom on Sunday, 18 years after India first made it to the final of a World Cup in the 2005 ODI World Cup. India's captain, Shafali Verma, started the chase by scoring four and a huge six, but was caught for a mistimed shot in the third over.
Soumya and Trisha steadily built the score with singles and boundaries, despite England's tight bowling and sharp fielding. Trisha was eventually dismissed for a boundary-filled performance, but Soumya finished the chase with a brace and a single, giving India their first global trophy in women's cricket.
Soumya Tiwari and Gongadi Trisha were instrumental in leading India to their first-ever World Cup title in women's cricket, following a seven-wicket victory over England in the inaugural edition of the U19 Women's T20 World Cup. The match took place at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
India's success was built on a dominant bowling and fielding performance, which saw England being bowled out for just 68 runs. Soumya (24 not out) and Trisha (24) then combined for a 46-run stand for the third wicket, steadying the ship and guiding India to their historic victory.
Captain Shafali Verma started the chase with a boundary and a huge six, but unfortunately mistimed a shot and was caught in the third over. Shweta Sehrawat made a quick five runs, but was then dismissed in the next over.
Soumya brought a sense of calm to the run-chase with a well-timed lofted drive over extra cover, while Trisha contributed with stylish pulls through square leg and a delightful drive through extra cover. However, Trisha attempted a big shot and was eventually caught and bowled by Alexa Stonehouse.
Despite some tight bowling and sharp fielding from England, Soumya and Trisha kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and boundaries. Soumya eventually finished off the chase with a brace and a single, securing India's first global trophy in women's cricket.
Brief scores: England 68 all out in 17.1 overs (Ryana Macdonald-Gay 19, Titas Sadhu 2/6, Parshavi Chopra 2/13) lost to India 69/3 in 14 overs (Soumya Tiwari 24 not out, Gongadi Trisha 24; Hannah Baker 1/13, Grace Scrivens 1/13) by seven wickets