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India W vs NZ W, Women’s World Cup t20: India beat New Zealand in a thriller, entered the semifinals | Cricket News


MELBOURNE: India entered the semifinals of the Women’s T20 World Cup after the 34-ball 46 of Shafali Verma, followed by a superlative performance by bowlers, helped the team achieve a narrow four-run victory over New Zealand on Thursday.


Invited to bat, India registered 133 below par for eight in the group A match with Shafali with a high score of 34 balls 46 and Taniya Bhatia contributing 25 balls 23.

However, they produced a disciplined performance with the ball to restrict New Zealand to 129 by six and record their third consecutive victory in the tournament and seal one last place for four.

With this victory, India led Group A, beating Australia and Bangladesh in their last two outings.

“It’s a great feeling when your team is performing like this,” said Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur after the game.

“We made the same mistakes, we had a good start in the first 10 overs and we didn’t carry the momentum. We did the patches well and sometimes, we weren’t up to par and we had to focus on those areas,” she added.

Defending a total below par, India introduced the turn immediately, but Deepti Sharma bled 12 runs with the first game Rachel Priest (12) hitting her by two limits.

But expert brand Shikha Pandey eliminated Priest at the next moment when he caught her in the middle of the gate.

With Shikha and the left arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad playing tandem bowling, New Zealand played with caution to reach 28 by one.

Back at the attack, Deepti then cleaned Bates with a beauty of delivery when New Zealand dropped to 30 for two.

Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav then increased the pressure on the Kiwis and soon the Black Caps were 34 by 3 when former fired captain Sophie Devine (14).

Maddy Green (24) and Katey Martin (25) tried to resuscitate the entrances with a stand of 36 balls and 43 runs.

However, Gayakwad returned to eliminate Green, who danced across the field only to end up with an external advantage while Bhatia did the rest.

Then, Radha fired Martin to leave New Zealand at 90 for 5 in 16.3 overs.

By needing 44 of 21 balls, Kerr (34) exceeded four limits to accumulate 18 runs in the penultimate over-bolonized by Poonam to reduce the equation to 16 of six balls.

In the final, Heyley Jensen (11) and Kerr broke a four each, but Shikha kept his nerves in the end to ensure India’s victory.

Earlier, 16-year-old Shafali provided the fireworks as India scored 49 for one in the power games. But they lost six wickets for 43 runs to waste the good start.

Smriti Mandhana (11), who returned to play XI after missing the last game due to illness, left early, but Shafali and Taniya (23) kept the score, adding 51 runs for the second wicket.

In the tenth final, Taniya was caught by Amelia Kerr at the setback point, while Jemimah Rodrigues (10) was caught by Kerr in the twelfth when India fell to 80 by 3.

The poor form of Skipper Harmanpreet (1) also continued and soon returned to the cabin after Leigh Kasperek caught and wounded her.

Shafali, who fell long in the eighth and mid-wicket in the tenth, then faced Jensen in extra deep coverage. She had four hits on the fence and three maximum shots in her innings.

Left-handed hitter Deepti Sharma (8) and Veda Krishnamurthy (6) rose 100 on day 15, but both left soon when India fell to 104 for 6.

Radha Yadav then threw 14 of nine balls, which included a six in the final, to give the total some respectability.

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