India Women made history at the 2022 Commonwealth Games as they qualified for the inaugural Cricket T20 final after defeating England by four runs on August 6, Saturday, in Edgbaston, Birmingham. In a nail-biting final over, Harmanpreet Kaur’s team showed amazing effort and composure to win the match.
After four games, this was the hosts’ first tournament loss. However, they are no longer in competition for the gold medal and will compete in the play-off for third place on Sunday at the same venue. Kaur chose to bat first after winning the toss earlier in the game. India got off to an excellent start thanks to ace opener Smriti Mandhana, and after the six-over powerplay, they were on 64 without losing any wickets.
More Glimpses of India vs. England Match
Mandhana continued to bat and scored 61 runs in just 32 balls, including eight fours and three sixes, before being bowled out in the ninth over. At number three, Jemimah Rodrigues also performed well, striking an unbeaten 44 runs off 31 balls to help the team reach 164 in 20 overs. Left-arm pacer Freya Kemp, who claimed two wickets for 22 runs in 3 overs, was the Three Lionesses’ best bowler.
Like India, England started with a solid start in the first six overs, scoring 58 runs led by opener Danielle Wyatt. Wyatt established a strong base at the top, scoring 35 runs off just 27 balls before being bowled out in the ninth over.
Furthermore, the spinners Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana controlled the batters with accurate bowling and increased the pressure on England in the middle of the innings. Also, the hosts had too much to get in the final three overs. On the crease, Maia Bouchier and Katherine Brunt required 14 runs off the final over. By giving up just three of the first five balls and six off the final ball, Rana with the ball maintained her composure and gave India an iconic triumph. On Sunday, India will compete against either New Zealand or Australia for the gold medal match.
Glance of IND-W vs. ENG-W Stunning Players
1. Shafali Verma
2. Smriti Mandhana
3. Jemimah Rodrigues
4. Harmanpreet Kaur (c)
5. Taniya Bhatia (wk)
6. Deepti Sharma
7. Pooja Vastrakar
8. Radha Yadav
9. Sneh Rana
10. Meghna Singh
11. Renuka Singh
1. Danielle Wyatt
2. Sophia Dunkley
3. Alice Capsey
4. Natalie Sciver (c )
5. Amy Jones (wk)
6. Maia Bouchier
7. Katherine Brunt
8. Sophie Ecclestone,
9. Freya Kemp
10. Issy Wong
11. Sarah Glenn
India Women win by 4 runs
1. India Women – 164/5(20.0)
2. England Women – 160/6(20.0)
Words by Winner’s Post Match
After the team’s glorious performance, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur said:
“I had to be determined because if I was charged, the team would be involved and never consider the game over. Shefali performed admirably in spots, but it might be challenging to keep going when you don’t get hit. She will get knowledge about staying in and dealing with these challenges. Smriti, though, was excellent. These things do happen, but Jemimah is a warrior. She had a little hand strain, but she will be OK. Shefali is a highly self-assured bowler, and we need someone who asks to bowl. We tried to use her to shift the pace because you need to mix it up.
India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana mentioned:
“I was hoping we would cross the finish line while attempting to recall the last-ball games. I expected to cross the finish line more than my fielding this time because we haven’t played that well. We’ve provided a few overs, but in games like these, roles must be swapped. The overs Deepti made in the middle were crucial. Even with only three fielders in the deep, Rana was an outstanding bowler. That will live long in my memory. (On her form) I was batting great the last two to three weeks; I felt like I did two to three years ago. I’m glad I figured it out and plan to use it in the final. (On the environment) What an incredible crowd England had today. Usually, we have it. I’ll wait for things to settle in for 30 minutes. But the day was fantastic” ,
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Team England women had this game in control, but it slipped away in the latter stages. With seven wickets in hand, 48 runs off 30 balls were required, but the home team could not secure the final push and lost heartbreakingly. Despite losing wickets, England women kept control of the required rate because of a strong start. Team India deserves the credit for persevering and creating opportunities. When it mattered most, they took the lead. Later, they swing the flow of the game in their favor.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold”- Team India women players have accomplished it. By eliminating the home team, England women, from the gold medal competition, they have exacted revenge for their defeats in the 2017 world cup final and the 2018 T20 world cup semifinal. Indian spinners hold their nerve to guide the team to a famous victory. No doubt, Indian players are ecstatic! Amazing win for them! To know more details of the match, CWG 2022 Semi-Final, stay tuned with us only at CBTF Speed News.