In a thrilling contest, Team India defeated England by 4 runs to book a place in the final of the ongoing Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket Competition 2022. With that India are now assured of a medal in cricket. They will definitely go for gold but even if the Women in Blue face a loss, they will return with silver.
After opting to bat first, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led India posted a competitive total of 164/5 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Opener Smriti Mandhana was once again the star with the willow, smashing a brilliant half-century to give India a flying start.
Mandhana scored 61 from just 32 deliveries with the help of eight fours and three sixes. Apart from the left-handed batter, India’s middle-order specialist Jemimah Rodrigues also chipped in with a valuable unbeaten knock of 44 off 31 balls to help India cross the 160-run mark.
In response, England lost their three wickets for 81 in nine overs and were looking under pressure in the chase. However, captain Natalie Sciver and wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones stepped up to bail out the English side.
The duo added 54 runs for the fourth wicket and it appeared they will easily take England home. However, a couple of run-outs in the latter stage sealed the deal for India as the Women in Blue booked a spot in the final of the competition.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) August 6, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 6, 2022
A historic moment for Indian Women’s Cricket as #TeamIndia marches into the final of the Commonwealth Games beating hosts England in a thrilling semi-final. Well done, #TeamIndia! We are all very proud of you. Let’s aim for the gold! @BCCIwomen#CWC2022 #B2022 pic.twitter.com/nJhFI2dU2J
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) August 6, 2022
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) August 6, 2022
Fastest fifty for India in Women’s T20Is:
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) August 6, 2022
To come.back and win after that start by England is a fantastic result. Dream of gold? #ENGvIND
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 6, 2022
That’s a brilliant win by India! Hopefully I wake to see Aus is meeting you in the gold medal match 😎 Well played girls! #CWG2022
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) August 6, 2022
India win the semi-final.
We will play in the Bronze Medal Match tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/CbWb0J8RBC
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 6, 2022
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 6, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) August 6, 2022
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) August 6, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) August 6, 2022
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 6, 2022
Smriti Mandhana, absolutely blessing her devotees. Don’t giveaway this start, India. #ENGvIND
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) August 6, 2022