- Indian women’s team lost in the first match of Commonwealth Games
- Harmanpreet Kaur’s brilliant half-century innings went in vain
- Renuka Singh spread panic with the ball but did not win
CWG 2022 IND vs AUS: In the first match of the Commonwealth Games 2022, two players of the Indian team performed well against Australia. This performance was going to win the heart of every fan but it could not win the match for the team. Batting first at Edgbaston, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur played a brilliant half-century. He played a flamboyant innings while batting at number four. Bowling in the second innings, fast bowler Renuka Singh bowled tremendously. His bowling was going to create panic in the Australian camp but in the end the result came against the Indian team.
Harmanpreet’s half-century innings did not work
When Captain Harmanpreet came to bat, the Indian team’s score was 68 runs in 9.1 overs. She batted till almost the end and tried to increase the run rate at every possible opportunity. He batted for more than 10 overs and during this time four Indian batsmen returned from the other end. While Harmanpreet was at the crease, wickets falling continuously from the other end put the brakes on the pace of the run. Despite the captain being ready, the Indian team’s middle and lower middle order completely failed. Although Harmanpreet scored 52 runs in just 34 balls at a strike rate of 152.94, but the team’s score could only reach 154.
Despite Renuka’s brilliant bowling, the match slipped
Renuka Singh gave a dream performance in this match. He sent four Kangaroo batsmen to the pavilion in his first three overs. He walked in his first over without giving Alyssa Healy a chance to open the account. In his second over, Australian team captain Meg Lanning was dismissed and in the same over he also took the wicket of dangerous batsman Beth Mooney. The story did not end here, in her third over, Renuka also caught Tahila McGrath on the way to the pavilion. This Indian fast bowler cleared Australia’s top order in his three overs alone. The platform was well set for India’s victory but the lack of fast bowlers in the team pushed India on the back foot later.
Renuka expressed her disappointment over the situation, saying that the Edgbaston pitch needed another fast bowler. Had Pooja been a clothier, the result could have been different.
The Indian women’s team has to play the next match in the Commonwealth Games against Arch Rivals Pakistan on Sunday 31 July at the same ground. The lesson of the loss to Australia is that in the next match, India will not make the mistake of taking the field with only two fast bowlers.
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