Match Report
2018 WWT20: Indian women’s journey ended after losing the semi-final against England
By Sandy - Nov 23, 2018 1:34 pm
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Once again the Indian women’s cricket team suffered a heartbreaking defeat against the England women’s cricket team in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies.

England women’s cricket team beat Indian women by 8 wickets in the 2018 WWT20

Just more than a year ago, Indian women’s cricket team lost the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup final against the hosts England by just 9 runs. Now in the WWT20 semi-final, England women’s cricket team won by eight wickets (with 17 balls remaining) at North Sound.

The Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur decided to bat first after winning the toss but the experienced and leading T20I run-scorer for India Mithali Raj was dropped out from the squad. Openers Taniya Bhatia and Smriti Mandhana provided a good start with the 43-run partnership. But after that opening partnership was broken, India lost their next wickets in regular intervals.

Opener Mandhana played the highest knock of 34 runs while the young Jemimah Rodrigues scored 26 runs. Wicketkeeper Bhatia scored 11 runs and the skipper Kaur scored 16 runs while the other batters failed to reach the double-digit scores as India women’s only managed to score 112 before getting all-out (19.3 overs). Earlier, at one stage, India was batting on 89/2 but they only added 23 runs before losing their last eight wickets.

There were three run-outs in that innings while Heather Knight (3/9) picked up three wickets and Sophie Ecclestone (2/22) and Kirstie Gordon (2/20) claimed two wickets each.

In reply, Indian bowlers dismissed the English openers very early as they went down to 24/2 after Tammy Beaumont (1) and Danielle Wyatt (8) departed very cheaply.

However, the next two batters Amy Jones and Natalie Sciver rescued the team from that difficult situation and carried the team to the comfortable victory. Both completed their half-centuries and had an unbroken 92-run partnership for the third wicket as they reached the target in 17.1 overs after losing only their both openers. Jones remained not out on 53 off 47 balls (3 fours and only six) while Sciver remained unbeaten on 52 off 38 balls (5 fours).

Among the Indian bowlers, only the opening bowlers Deepti Sharma (1/24) and Radha Yadav (1/20) were able to pick up one wicket each.

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