ICC U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup: India show girl power

Dominant India beat England to win the inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup

NEW DELHI | Updated: 29 January, 2023 9:29 pm IST
India record an easy win over England in the final (Photo Courtesy Twitter @BCCIWomen)

Eight years ago, Nooshin Al Khadeer came close to becoming part of a historic win in South Africa. But fate had other plans as India came up well short of a dominant Australian team in the final of the Women’s World Cup.

It was a long wait for the Indian women’s cricket team and Al Khadeer. However, Al Khadeer can now bury that pain of missing out as her wards starred in India’s first world cup title in women’s cricket.

A brilliant all-round show by a dominant India helped them register a comfortable seven-wicket win over England to win the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup, ironically in South Africa.

Asked to bat, at Potchefstroom, it was all struggle for England, with the player of the match, medium pacer Titas Sadhu, off-spinner Archana Devi and leg-spinner Parshavi Chopra leading the charge with two wickets each.


Sadhu set the tone by latching on to a top edge from England opener Liberty Heap off her bowling. Heap and skipper Grace Scrivens have been instrumental in giving England a solid start in the tournament. With one of them gone early, it was all struggle for them.

Archana, who opened the bowling, then gave England a big jolt when she removed Scrivens, who finished the tournament as the second-highest scorer with 293 runs – four short of Indian opener Shweta Sehrawat. Credit should also go to Sehrawat who took a tumbling catch running in from long off.


As Indian bowlers marked their dominance, England’s batters lost their footing. Such was the dominance that only England batters managed to reach double figures – with Ryana MacDonald-Gay’s 24-ball 19 being the highest score.


Mannat Kashyap, skipper Shafali Verma and Sonam Yadav also picked up a wicket each as India bowled out their rivals for 68 in 17.1 overs.

Verma, who is also the opener for the Indian women’s team, made her intentions clear with a giant six over long-off. But leggie Hanna Baker and offie Scrivens silenced the big guns – Indian openers Verma and Sehrawat.

But Soumya Tiwari and Gongadi Trisha ensured that there was no hiccup as they stitched a 46-run partnership for the third wicket that helped India win the tournament.

Though Trisha (24, 29b, 3×4) could not see the team through, Tiwari (24*, 37b, 3×4) ensured she was there to guide the team home.

BRIEF SCORE: England 68 in 17.1 overs (Ryana MacDonald-Gay 19; Titas Sadhu 2/6, Parshavi Chopra 2/13, Archana Devi 2/17) lost to India 69/3 (Soumya Tiwari 24*, Gongadi Trisha 24; Hannah Baker 1/13) by 7 wickets

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