- Indian women’s team beat England in semi-final
- India beat England by 4 runs
- Indian team reached the final, silver medal confirmed
CWG 2022: In the T20 cricket competition of the Commonwealth Games 2022, the Indian women’s team defeated England in a thrilling match. In this first semi-final at Edgbaston, both the teams had gold and silver medals at stake. For the winning team, it was decided to capture the silver medal with the ticket to the final. Also, winning was also a chance to become the first finalist team in women’s cricket to appear in the Games for the first time. In this very big match, every player of the Indian team controlled their pulse and put England out of the race for gold.
Smriti Mandhana laid the foundation of victory
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and elected to bat first. Smriti Mandhana started hitting hard shots as soon as she came to the crease. She shared a 47-ball 76-run partnership with Shefali Verma for the first wicket, in which 61 runs came from Mandhana’s bat alone. The Indian opener scored 61 runs in 32 balls at a strike rate of 190.62 which included 8 fours and 3 sixes.
Jemima scored a quick run in the last over
Jemima Godríguez, who scored a brilliant half-century in the last match against Barbados, scored an unbeaten 44 off 31 balls in this crucial match, which included 7 fours. At the end of the 17th over, Jemima had 20 runs in 22 balls, that is, in the subsequent three overs, she added 24 runs in 9 balls, which included 5 fours. His flamboyant innings took India to 164 for 5 in the end of 20 overs.
Teamwork won exciting victory
Chasing 165, England started fast. Renuka Singh Thakur, the deadliest bowler of the Indian team, was not seen in the rhythm from the beginning. Although Deepti Sharma gave the first blow to England on the score of 28, but due to Renuka’s poor rhythm, the Indian bowling was seen on the backfoot. In such a situation, Harmanpreet and Co put pressure on England as a team. India opened the way for the bowlers to come out of a difficult situation by running out 3 English batsmen of the top and middle order. England’s top scorer and the biggest obstacle to victory, Nate Sciver, was also sent to the pavilion by the Indian team after being run out. Skiver scored 41 runs and as soon as he returned to the pavilion, the Indian team created history by winning the match by 4 runs. Sneh Rana took 2 wickets for India while Deepti got 1 wicket.
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