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FINAL MATCH REPORT : England v India

I have written and re-written this piece so many times in the last 40 minutes that it is ridiculous. The reason is that this game has have ebbed and flowed so much before England finally come out on top by just nine runs with eight balls left.

Every game has turning points, but this one has had so many. As India chased down 229 to win the World Cup the first was the lackadaisical run out of Mithali Raj in the 13th over as Nat Sciver swooped in from cover. It reduced India to 43/2 in the 13th over and it meant that India's talisman was on her way back through the Long Room. England were on top.

But Punam Raut (86) and Harmanpreet Kaur (51) showed that there will be life in the India team when Raj decides to hang up her spikes. They built nicely, and hit boundaries when they needed them, and took India ahead of the Duckworth Lewis score as they got to the 25th over. The game looked to be going away from England, but the return of Alex Hartley saw Kaur make the fatal mistake - anothe…