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ICC Women's World Cup 2017 final: Statistics favor England but India's chances are equally bright
With a memorable win against Australia in the semi final match, Team India has emerged as a very strong contender for lifting the ICC Women's World Cup trophy in 2017.

The commitment, dedication and team work displayed by Team India under the shining captaincy of Mithali Raj, duly supported by energetic team members has simply been outstanding. For millions of supporters of Indian women's cricket team, this appears to be a now or never kind of equation.

But here's the catch:

English cricket team has shown a brilliant recovery after being defeated by India in the early round. They have a definite advantage of playing in their own back yard and are also accustomed to the weather conditions.

Despite their defeat at the hands of Team India, England have a strong batting line up supported by an equally good bowling attack. Furthermore, their fielding is also much better in India's comparison.

England have won 5 out of the last six ODIs against India. In July, 2012 during the India-England bilateral ODI series, England defeated India at Wormsley by 29 runs (based on DLS).

Again, during ICC Women's World Cup 2013, England defeated India by 32 runs at Mumbai (Harmanpreet Kaur had scored 107 valuable runs in the match).

Thereafter, in the ICC Women's Championship in August 2014, England defeated India by 42 runs at Scarboruogh Stadium again on the basis of DLS (India's opener Smriti Mandhana came into the limelight in this match by scoring 74 runs but to no avail). In August 2014, at the same venue, England defeated India by 13 runs in the same tournament after a few days.

However, in the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup 2017 Team India on June 24, 2017 had beaten England by 35 runs at Derby (Raut 86, Smriti 90 and Mitali's 71 laid the foundation, with bowlers Deepti Sharma finishing with 3/47, and Shikha Pandey with 2/35).

If we analyse the above stats minutely, we will find that out the last five occasions when England had beaten India, on two occasions England won through DLS in rain affected matches.

But, all this is past now. The Indian women's team has upgraded its level of play tremendously in the ongoing World Cup and also registered a head to head victory over England.

Moreover, India has beaten teams like New Zealand and Australia and forced them out of the tournament. Surprisingly, these teams had been adjudged far better than the Indian team.

Conclusion:

As captain Mithali Raj has factually said, it will not be easy for England to route out Team India like that. But our girls should not become complacent and each one of them should give their best performance, not leaving the task on the shoulders of a chosen few like, Raut, Mithali, Harmanpreet and Deepti only.

Every run scored or saved will count, thus tight fielding is the bottom line. Wicketkeeper S Verma has to be very cautious of not missing any chance of stumping or catch behind the wicket. The name of the game is going to be team work, self esteem and killer instinct.

As far as luck is concerned, we have got plenty this season. Of course, our support will definitely motivate the girls. The only thing to be seen is whether the rain intervenes or not. Let's hope for the best.

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