- India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in Commonwealth Games
- India got 42nd T20 International win under the captaincy of Harmanpreet Kaur
- Team India will reach the semi-finals by defeating Barbados on August 3
Harmanpreet Kaur: The Indian women’s cricket team registered its first win by defeating Pakistan by 8 wickets at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Sunday. This was the 42nd T20 International victory of Team India under the leadership of Captain Harmanpreet Kaur. With this, he also left behind India’s most successful and T20 and ODI world-winning former captain MS Dhoni. Apart from this, current captain Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli are not even around him in this list.
Let us tell you that for the first time women’s cricket has got a place in the Commonwealth Games. This time this event is being played in T20 format. In the group stage, India are placed in Group A along with Pakistan, Australia and Barbados. Despite a good performance in the first match, the Indian team had to face defeat against Australia in a thrilling match. After this, in the second match, Team India made a strong comeback and defeated Pakistan by 8 wickets with all-round performance.
Most wins as an Indian captain in T20Is
- Harmanpreet Kaur – 42
- MS Dhoni – 41
- Virat Kohli – 30
- Rohit Sharma – 27
- Mithali Raj – 17
Smriti Mandhana did wonders
Smriti Mandhana batted in a firework style in the match against Pakistan at Edgbaston. Although she had a small target of 100 runs in front of her, Mandhana’s eyes were on improving India’s net run rate, so she started batting aggressively from the beginning. The Indian women’s team opener scored an unbeaten 63 off 42 balls at a strike rate of 150, which included three sixes with eight fours. He attacked Pakistan’s bowling attack and on sight hoisted the victory flag in just 11.4 overs on the Birmingham ground.
must win over barbados
Smriti had expressed happiness after the spectacular victory over Pakistan and said that after this victory, she is confident of winning a medal in the Commonwealth Games. The Indian team now has to play its next and last match of the league stage against Barbados on 3 August. The tournament consists of 8 teams and after the league round, two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals. India is currently ranked second in Group A and Australia is the first. If India beats Barbados, it will reach the last-4. Both the semi-finals will be played on August 5 and the final and bronze medal matches will be played on August 7.
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