Team India scripted history by defeating England in the final of the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup on Sunday, January 29 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. Archana Devi was one of the star players for the team in the final. She played a key role as India bowled England out for a paltry 68. Her catch to dismiss Ryana MacDonald Gay was one of the highlights of the game.
Ryana MacDonald Gay came to bat after the fall of the third wicket for England. She tried to steady the innings, but wickets kept falling from the other end. Finally, Ryana was also dismissed for 19 runs, in the twelfth over. Parshavi Chopra a full delivery, which the English batter tried to play to the off-side, but instead ended up chipping the ball off the toe end of the bat. The ball looped low and went to the right of the extra cover fielder. Archana Devi who was positioned there took a great one-handed catch.
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Archana Devi takes a splendid one-handed blinder with a full length dive to dismiss Ryana. The fielding has been top class by Team India.
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Incredible feeling: Shafali Verma on winning the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup
Team India chased down 68 runs comfortably with seven wickets to spare to lift the first-ever U19 Women’s T20 World Cup. Skipper Shafali Verma expressed that it’s an incredible feeling to win the championship. She thanked the support staff, the BCCI, and the team. The explosive batter also lauded her players for their performance in the tournament. Speaking at the post-match presentation, she said,
“The way all the girls are performing and backing each other, so happy. Incredible feeling. Thanks to the staff, the way they have been backing us everyday and telling us that we are here for the cup and because of them we are here. All thanks to them. The players have been backing me a lot. Thanks to BCCI for giving me this beautiful team and really happy for winning the cup. She (Shweta Sehrawat) has been excellent and has followed all the plans from the staff. Not just her, Archana, Soumya and I can’t really take the names but they all have been incredible. No, definitely not (when asked if this is the only Cup she’s gonna pick up this season in South Africa).”
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