first_imgIndia suffered a nine-wicket defeat against England in the Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday. However, their downfall received a praise from all corners of the nation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the tribute.Chasing a 229 for a victory in the final, India succumbed to pressure and were bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs to lose the match by nine runs. After winning the toss, Heather Knight decided to bat first and England were off to a decent start before losing three quick wickets. Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver got together and struck a 83-run stand for the fourth wicket before Jhulan Goswami bowled an inspiring spell and dismissed both the set batswomen and Fran Wilson to leave England reeling at 164/6.Jenny Gunn and Laura Marsh’s swift knocks helped England post 228/7 from their 50 overs.India came out to bat and lost Smriti Mandhana early, Mithali and Punam struck a 38-run partnership for the second wicket before the Indian captain was run out for 17 due to a terrible miscommunication in the middle. Harmanpreet Kaur (51) walked in formed a 95-run stand with Punam for the third wicket to give India the upper hand. Kaur played a rash shot trying to up the ante and was caught at deep backward square leg. Punam kept India’s hopes alive and added another crucial fifty-run stand with Veda Krishnamurthy before flurry of wickets denied India victory.”Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen,” Narendra Modi tweeted.advertisementOur women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017″Feel for all of you, #WomenInBlue! You were good throughout but sometimes it is not meant to be. Congrats England on winning #WWC17Final!,” said Sachin Tendulkar in a tweet.Feel for all of you, #WomenInBlue! You were good throughout but sometimes it is not meant to be. Congrats England on winning #WWC17Final!- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 23, 2017I wish I was there to give the Lovely Ladies a hug. Be proud girls we have achieved greatness today. @BCCIWomen u made all Indians proud.- Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 23, 2017Great effort throughout the tournament by team India. Lost the game but won million hearts by displaying some inspiring cricket. @BCCIWomen- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 23, 2017You made us dream,You made us believe,We’re proud of all you girls!Real honor to hve watched u play! #WWC17Final #WomenInBlue @BCCIWomen- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 23, 2017Super proud of the girls. Tough luck today but womens cricket in India has truly arrived. Thank you girls .Salute your spirit.#WWC17Final- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 23, 2017No matter a game won or lost , you all played with fervour , grit and immense passion ! Be proud ladies .. @BCCIWomen #WWC17Final #INDvsENG- Irrfan (@irrfank) July 23, 2017Congrats England but so so proud of our girls for winning a billion hearts.This will be a defining moment in women’s cricket.#WWC17Final- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 23, 2017We are all proud of you girls. You are are an inspiration to all of us. #TeamIndia ???? #WWC17Final- Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 23, 2017last_img