Firozabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], January 30 (ANI): It was a jubilant night in the neighbourhood of women's Under-19 cricketer Sonam Yadav, who picked up a wicket in India's victory over England in the final of the inaugural Under-19 T20 World Cup for the eves.
Locals erupted in celebration and burst crackers as the eves scripted history, lifting the first-ever Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup trophy.
Delighted with her daughter glory run, Sonam Yadav's mother Guddi Devi said her daughter worked very hard to reach where she has.
"My daughter has worked very hard to reach where she has. Her hard work has paid off. I am very happy that my daughter has made the country proud," said Guddi Devi.
India lifted the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup trophy on Sunday after posting a comprehensive, seven-wicket win over England in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
As the winning runs were hit, Sonam's family members erupted in wild celebrations and burst crackers in front of their residence in Bhopal.
Sanjeev Verma, the father of India Under-19 women's team captain Shafali Verma, said the team's historic win has brought a lot of joy to the country.
"I am very happy that the first-ever Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup trophy is coming to India. This also happens to be the first World Cup title won by our women cricketers," Sanjeev Verma told ANI.
Shafali's mother said they were delighted with the victory and it is, indeed, that her daughter led the team to a first-ever World Cup title after being named captain.
Indian bowlers' tremendous bowling performance followed by Gongadi Trisha and Soumya Tiwari's knocks helped India lift the inaugural U19 Women's T20 World Cup title after defeating England by seven wickets in the summit clash here at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
"We're delighted. It's especially joyful that Shafali became captain for the first time and won us the World Cup," Shafali's mother told ANI.
The family members of another India Under-19 star, Parshavi Chopra, also celebrated the team's inaugural World Cup victory by exchanging sweets with locals at their residence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.
Parshavi's father Gaurav Chopra said the women's Under-19 team has made the whole country proud.
"It was a historic win. The women's team made the whole country proud and I am happy that my daughter is a part of this team and its success story," said Gaurav Chopra.
Coming to the match, it was another clinical display with the ball that held the key to India's march to victory, with Titas Sadhu setting the pace, with the spinners delivering another telling performance when it mattered.
Supplementing the fine bowling was outstanding fielding. The dismissal of England's captain, Grace Scrivens, epitomised the sheer determination in the Indian ranks. The left-hander hit Archana towards long-off, where Gongadi Trisha sprinted in, and then leapt forward to take a wonderful, tumbling catch.
It was the key wicket, in many ways, and the celebrations from India confirmed as much. Scrivens would go on to scoop the Player of the Tournament award, but she would have given all of that up for a better English display with the bat.
Shafali Verma won the toss and elected to bowl, and Sadhu struck yet again in the first over. She hurried one onto Liberty Heap, who could only loop her attempted pull straight up and back to a gleeful Sadhu.
Her figures of two for 6 in four overs deservedly earned her the Player of the Match award with just the start that India craved. She was backed up well by Archana (two for 17) and the irrepressible Parshavi Chopra, who snared two for 13 to close out a terrific tournament offering.
There were also wickets apiece for Mannat Kashyap, Verma and Sonam Yadav, as England tumbled to 22 for four and then eventually 68 all out in 17.1 overs. After a tournament of free-scoring, only Ryana Macdonald-Gay (19 off 24 balls), Niamh Holland (10) and Sophia Smale (11) could reach double figures.
England's hopes for more heroics with the ball were raised when they removed Verma (15) and Shweta Sehrawat (5) inside the first four overs. Verma hit a four and a six as she tried to put the heat on England early before she top-edged Hannah Baker to short fine-leg.
Soumya Tiwari and Trisha had none of it. Tiwari smacked three fours in her 24 not out from 37 balls, while Trisha got more and more fluent as the target came into sight. Her 29-ball stay was ended on 24, bowled by Alexa Stonehouse as she tried to finish it off in style.
The end came soon after, and India could finally celebrate their fairytale finish in South Africa. They came, they saw, and they conquered the newest crown available in women's cricket. (ANI)