Commonwealth Games 2022: India secure historic medal, reach cricket final after beating England in semis

The Indian ladies’s cricket crew created historical past on the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 as they defeated England in the semi-final to secure a berth in the final and the nation’s first-ever medal in the game on the Games.

England might have misplaced the primary semi-final by 4 runs however the hosts nonetheless have a shot on the Bronze medal in tomorrow’s third-place sport the place they are going to play the loser of the Australia-New Zealand semifinal.

At the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, England choked at 160/6 whereas chasing the goal of 165. Captain Natalie Sciver (41 off 43) nearly took the sport away from India however her run-out in the nineteenth over — off a pointy throw from Smriti Mandhana — modified the script.

Amy Jones (31 off 24) and Danielle Wyatt (35 off 27) additionally performed their pictures however threw their wickets away at essential moments. Sneh Rana was electrical on the sphere. She induced the run-outs of Alice Capsey (13 off 8) and Jones, and claimed the wickets of Wyatt and Katherine Brunt (0). She completed with figures of two/28.

India will play the winner between Australia and New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games cricket final on Sunday.

Earlier,. Smriti Mandhana’s elegant but brutal knock of 61 together with Jemimah Rodrigues’ helpful 44 not out powered India to a wholesome 164 for five towards hosts England in the semifinal of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

Mandhana’s 32-ball assault in the Powerplay laid the platform whereas Rodrigues, who’s lastly doing justice to her monumental potential, improvised properly throughout his 31-ball unbeaten keep on the crease. En path to her knock, Mandhana additionally recorded the quickest T20 International fifty in ladies’s cricket off solely 23 balls.

A brand new and improved Deepti Sharma chipped in with 22 off 20 balls, however India would possibly suppose they ended 15 runs in need of the par rating after 64 runs got here in the six powerplay overs.

The subsequent 14 overs yielded 100 runs as India misplaced momentum when three wickets fell in fast succession through the center overs.

Rodrigues and Deepti added a useful 53 runs for the fourth wicket partnership.

Mandhana’s drives are essentially the most picturesque factor in ladies’s cricket and one would rub his eyes in disbelief when the usually rampaging Shafali Verma (17 off 15 balls) was the silent companion in their opening stand of 76 in 7.5 overs.

There have been cowl drives off Katherine Brunt, pulled sixes off seamers Natt Sciver and Issy Wong and a lofted one from spinner Sarah Glenn’s bowling over long-on.

The half-century got here in solely 23 balls as England bowlers seemed clueless throughout that section.

Once Sciver removed Mandhana, who was making an attempt to play the lap-scoop, the run charge slowed down as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, regardless of a few fours and a six, performed just a few dot balls in her run-a-ball 20.

While Mandhana had eight fours and three sixes in her knock, Rodrigues had seven fours to her credit score, largely utilizing the gaps in the arc between level and extra-cover.

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