Today we talk about 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup. The 2013 edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup was the third time that India was hosting the World Cup after 1978 and 1997. Women’s Cricket had reached the pinnacle of Sports for Women in the World and the extensive advertisement and social media coverage that followed the tournament was clear proof that Women’s Cricket now was taken as seriously as the Men’s form of the game. Following are a set of important details regarding the 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup:
The 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup had eight participating teams in the form of hosts India, Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, England, South Africa, Sri-Lanka, and Pakistan. England, Sri-Lanka, West Indies, and India were clubbed in Group A from which India which was the host country could not play under the burden of expectations and failed to even qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.
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On the other hand, the four teams that were in Group B in the 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup were Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Pakistan. Pakistan was unable to qualify for the knockouts and thus the two Asian Cricketing giants were out of the competition.
The 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup was a run-fest as the flat drop-in pitches in India with a variable amount of grass cover did not offer the required amount of pace, bounce, and swing to the fast bowlers. With the ball gripping off the pitch the spinners found it difficult to negotiate the ball however the pitches did offer significant turn once the ball got a bit old.
The list of the highest run-scorers of the 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup started with the prolific Australian batswomen Suzie Bates who by then had become one of the finest batswomen in the World. She scored 407 runs. The prolific West Indies Captain Stefani Taylor followed suit with 309 runs.
Charlotte Edwards, Charismatic England Captain who was truly considered to be one of the most influential figures in Women’s Cricket scored 292 runs. The remaining two spots in the top 5 list were made up by Rachel Haynes of Australia with 273 runs and Deepika Rasangika of Sri-Lanka with 236 runs.
The highest wicket-takers list for the 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup was a crowded one too with many bowlers playing crucial roles for their respective teams. Megan Schutt of Australia emerged as the highest wicket-taker with 15 scalps, followed by Anya Shrusbole of England with 13 scalps. Sian Ruck of New Zealand picked up 12 wickets while Katherine Brunt from England picked up 12 wickets as well. The last name on that particular list was that of Arran Brindle of England with 11 wickets.
The final of the 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup was a spectacular event that took place in Brabourne Stadium in Bombay which was undoubtedly one of the most iconic stadiums in the country. Australia batted first and put up a very competitive total of 259 runs with the loss of 7 wickets from their allotted quota of 50 overs. Jess Cameron top-scored with a brilliantly accelerated 75 from 76 balls.
Shaquana Quintyne from West Indies was the pick of the bowlers scalping 3 wickets giving away only 27 runs in 10 overs. In reply, West Indies were folded out for 145 suffering a heavy defeat of 114 runs margin. They could not even complete their quota of 50 overs.
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Merissa Aguillera top scored with 23 runs from 36 balls. Ellyse Perry from Australia was the wrecker in chief picking up 3 wickets conceding just 19 runs in 10 overs. Her miserly spell drifted the game in favor of Australia and won the match for them. However, the Player of the Match award went to Jess Cameron for her composed and innings-building knock of 75 under the intense pressure of a world cup final. Shaun George from South Africa and Vineet Kulkarni from India were the officiating umpires in the 2013 Womens Cricket World Cup.
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