One can expect India to emerge victoriously when it comes to playing cricket, irrespective of the gender. Where Indian’s Men Cricket team already ruling the charts, Women’s Cricket is no longer behind.
India women’s team registered their fourth consecutive win after they dismantled Ireland by 52 runs. Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana opened the course of scores with 67 runs. The partnership was though broken after Mandhana’s exit. Mithali hereafter did lack some skills to get some good shots but her strike rate of less than 100 was an indication that they won’t stop until the target is achieved.
Harman Kaur lasted only for three balls, hitting a six and a full toss to deep cover off Richardson. Mithali finally conquered her second consecutive fifty, off 54 balls, but still struggled enough to the end India’s batting scenario with 145.
Ireland’s batting line-up was at the ace-level but it has to be matched by India’s professional bowling line-ups. Pacer Mansi Joshi, who got introduced for this game proved to be the perfect choice to strengthen their defense, conceding just 12 runs. Mansi Joshi, who bowled her maiden over to Gaby Lewis, turned out to be an off-spin to Deepti Sharma in the sixth over. Her partner Shillington sooner fall prey to Poonam Yadav’s bowling in the ninth over. Towards the end, Ireland lost 5 wickets for 9 runs as India marched into the semi-final.
India has done well to remain unbeaten in Group ‘B’ so far and will face Australia in their last league match on Saturday.
With Harmanpreet ruling the runs charts with 167 so far and in her captainship the team is definitely in for a fearless cricket. While Australia has only one defeat in their account, they are still a threat to India’s campaign in Women’s T20 Championship.