Two balls later, hands were over faces when Jenny Gunn, one of the best fielders in the XI, dropped the simplest catch at mid-off to remove Poonam Yadav and confirm England’s win. Her final, match-turning spell saw her take five wickets for 11.Anya Shrubsole arrived at this World Cup short of match practice. With the performance of a lifetime, Shrubsole bowled England to a miraculous World Cup win with a remarkable spell of six for 46.Her next turn came in the field during the 48th over when Shikha Pandey found Shrubsole, who gathered and threw to Sarah Taylor to remove the bails as the number nine desperately tried to regain her ground.With 12 balls remaining, India’s ask of 11, with all-rounder Deepti Sharma looking dangerous on 14 and a batsman still to come, was far from impossible.It was only in the semi-final win against South Africa that she bowled her allotted 10 overs. The best World Cup bowling figures for England and the country’s second best in all one-day international cricket.During her exit interview with Emma Willis, the former Girls Aloud star admitted that being in the CBB house was tough on her. “It’s been a rough ride I was so out of my comfort zone.Nor were the boundaries, with three at 65m and the shortest, away to the Grandstand, just 60m.All four saw boundaries but none were cleared until India’s innings.
It was at this point, 63 for three on the board, that Sarah Taylor and Nat Sciver came together, pushing the field out with handful of boundaries before knocking singles to those outside the 30-yard circle.
For a while, India were coasting in their chase of 229.
Harmanpreet Kaur, who single-handedly destroyed defending champions Australia with 171 from 115 balls, and opening batsman Punam Raut took their side to 138 for two, before Kaur was smartly caught at square leg by Tammy Beaumont off the bowling of Alex Hartley.
I just thought what better way to get out of my comfort zone and to show the viewers at home I’m just a normal girl.
I’ve gone through a whole spectrum of emotions,” she said.