"The only way Sri Lanka can compete is if they can manage to get 20 wickets and to do that they need to have pitches in their favour", Gambhir added. However, she went for 12 runs in her first over, but came back strongly to bowl a maiden in her second. "I think it was this particular innings and this particular game that will prove to be the turning point of Indian women's cricket". The team has banked on its spinners who have been in turn supported by the slower Derby pitch.
So far these two teams India-W and England-W faced in 62 ODI matches. They lost their previous final, against Australia in Centurion, by 98 runs.
"They have done exceedingly well to reach the final". They defeated South Africa's 218 comfortably in the semi-final.
The conditions in London are not favourable for Team India. They are leading run scorer and wicket taker in women's one-day worldwide history respectively. She dismissed Sarah Taylor, N Sciver and Wilson and also caught a catch in deep to end Beaumont's innings. Her vast experience will come handy.
After a dry run during the better part of the league stage, India's most sought after T20 cricketer stepped up just when it mattered the most. The victory against Australia means that the girls are peaking at just the right time in the tournament, with captain Mithali Raj on a roll as she always is.
The milestone from 51 to 100 was reached in 26 balls while she raced to 150 from 101 in mere 17 balls.
Her peach of a delivery to shatter the stumps of the unsafe Meg Lanning in the semi-final was crucial in denting all Aussie hopes in their reply to India's 281 runs.
After losing two early wickets, India has been pushed on back foot.
After inspecting the wicket at Lord's, Raj, who scored 94 on her last appearance there in 2012, believes there the final will be a high-scoring affair. The likes of Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma will once again be crucial for India in the final. They have won the World Cup three times, and since they are also playing in home conditions, are considered favourites. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led India to World Cup title in 2011 had a special message for the Mithal-Raj led team.
From sportstars to Bollywood celebrities, here are some of the tweets wishing Team India the best.