Shrubsole six-for snatches World Cup for England
A transformative World Cup for women's cricket ended with the final it deserved. A near full-house at Lord's, a tense finish, and every imaginable thrill and spill. In the end, of all the heroes of an overcast and occasionally drizzly day, it was Anya Shrubsole who stood tallest.
With India needing 10 to win with their last pair at the crease, Shrubsole gestured to her team-mates to calm down when Jenny Gunn put down a sitter, off her bowling, at mid-off. Shrubsole had no doubt the wicket ball would come, soon, and off her own bowling. She ran in again, knocked back Rajeshwari Gayakwad's off stump, and finished with the best ever figures in a Women's World Cup final: 6 for 46.
The experience told in the end. This was England's fifth final. India were playing only their second; the last one had come 12 years ago.
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