On the basis of Smriti Mandhana’s scintillating innings, India gave England a target of 165 runs in the semi-finals. This is Smriti’s second half-century in this tournament.
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The Indian team has consistently performed strongly in women’s cricket being played for the first time in the Commonwealth Games. A big reason for this good performance of the team is the team’s star opener Smriti Mandhana, who has batted with a bang in almost every match. In such a situation, such performance was expected from him in the semi-final match against England and Smriti did not disappoint. The legendary Indian batsman not only scored a blistering half-century, but also made a strong record.
India and hosts England clashed in the first semi-final at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Saturday 6th August on the 9th day of the Birmingham Games. In this match, the Indian team batted first and in the powerplay itself, Smriti gave a tremendous start to Team India, beating every England bowler. Smriti, who scored boundaries by playing aggressive shots in group stage matches against Australia and Pakistan, showed the same style here as well and the result remained the same.
New records came out of the bat of memory
With the help of such fiery batting of Smriti, India scored 73 runs in just 7 overs. During this, the left-handed batsman made the record for the fastest half-century in the Commonwealth Games. Smriti completed her second half-century in this tournament, scoring 50 runs in just 23 balls.
This became a new record not only for CWG, but also for India’s fastest half-century in Women’s T20. Smriti broke her own record of 24 balls. Not only this, this is also a new record for the fastest half-century in the knockout of a women’s tournament.
Jemima again puts the finishing touches
With the help of this innings of Smriti (61 runs, 32 balls, 8 fours, 3 sixes), India got a quick start, but the team’s innings slowed down in the middle overs. Shefali Verma and captain Harmanpreet Kaur could not contribute much. Once again the strong partnership between Deepti Sharma and Jemima Rodriguez took India to a good score of 164 runs in the last 20 overs. Jemima returned unbeaten on 44 off 31 balls.