IND W vs AUS W semi-final: Here's the wicket-to-wicket update on the high octane semi-final clash between India Women and Australia Women at the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023.
IND W vs AUS W: Surely a big heartbreak for India. The game was in their hands till Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues were at the crease. But after their wickets, it all went downhill and India could not make a comeback.
Australia surely thought this was slipping away at one stage, but after Harmanpreet's bat got stuck before the crease, it opened the door for the Aussies.
India's fielding also could be one reason that the target crossed the 170+ run mark.
While Australia make it to another World Cup final, it is another knockout blow for India.
The game was in India's hand till Harmanpreet and Jemi were on the crease.
It went downhill after the two batters departed.
Its all but over for India. Heads dropping in the Indian camp and the Australian side is elated. Radha tried to step out and force it over the rope, but did not get the connection right.
Radha Yadav c Perry b Gardner 0(1)
Top bowling from Jonassen. Rana tried to jump out and slog to force some pace, but missed it all and the ball hit middle and leg.
Sneh Rana b Jonassen 11(10) [4s-1]
Has Darcie Brown swung the game in Australia's favour? Richa tried to go hard and high over wide long-on but the catch was taken by the long-on fielder.
Richa Ghosh c McGrath b Darcie Brown 14(17) [4s-1]
Harmanpreet was batting like no other. It was a slog-sweep to deep mid-wicket and Gardner dives to throws the ball to the keeper.
It was an easy two and Harmanpreet was jogging back, however, her bat got stuck just before the crease and she was a few feet away.
Harman knew she was in trouble asn she threw her bat in anger. She has a word with the incoming batter, Deepti Sharma.
Kaur run out (Gardner/Healy) 52(34) [4s-6 6s-1]
Was not needed, but oh well, India lose a big wicket. Darcie Brown does with a slower ball bouncer. Jemi jumps high trying to hit the ball. The ball touches the edge of the bat and lands in the hands of the wicket-keeper.
Jemimah is seen fuming at herself for trying this shot.
Rodrigues c Healy b Darcie Brown 43(24) [4s-6]
3 wicket down inside 4 overs. Yastika hits the ball and goes with the running momentum. She calls her partner through for a quick single, but Jemimah thought it was too close to take a run. She turns back, but its all too late.
Yastika run out (Grace Harris/Healy) 4(7) [4s-1]
This time the Aussies went for a review and it lands in their favour. The Australians looked very confident and went up for the review without wasting too much time. The ball clicks the flap of the pad before hitting the bat.
Mandhana lbw b Gardner 2(5)
Shefali Verma went for a review after the on-field umpire took her time to give OUT. Beaten on the inside edge and the technology showed the ball crashing into the leg bail. It was just enough to be give the decision as umpire's call.
Shafali Verma lbw b Schutt 9(6) [4s-1]
Australia's power hitting and India bad fielding - will this cost the Women in Blue to lose their spot in the FINAL?
The Aussie batters made sure to put on a strong total of 172 on the board. India had started okay in the Powerplay, but they soon lost ground, especially their mis-fielding.
Harris tries to slog the ball but misses. The ball hits middle and the stumps comes off.
Grace Harris b Shikha Pandey 7(4) [4s-1]
Needed such wickets early on, but Deepti Sharma sends back Ashleigh Gardner. The Yorker ball see the ball hitting the base of the stumps. Brilliant cameo that has surely lifted the Aussies run rate.
Gardner b Deepti Sharma 31(18) [4s-5]
After scoring a 50, Beth Mooney departs soon after. Shafali Verma, who had earlier dropped her on 32, finally rectifies her mistake and takes this catch. This is a huge wicket for India.
The ball was a simple short of length delivery and Mooney cuts but does not keep it down. Shafali takes a good catch at backward point.
Mooney c Shafali Verma b Shikha Pandey 54(37) [4s-7 6s-1]
India, who were in need to break the 50-run partnership saw the side get their first wicket. Radha Yadav bowls it full and wide of off. The ball kept low and went past Healy on the under edge. The Aussie batter was well ahead of the crease and Rich did a good job of collecting the ball and hitting the stumps.
Healy st Richa Ghosh b Radha Yadav 25(26) [4s-3]
Harmanpreet is fit and was present at the toss. She, at the toss said, she had fever, but is now well. Pooja Vastrakar has been ruled out due to an illness. Sneh Rana has been named the replacement.
India Women (Playing XI): Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Richa Ghosh(w), Deepti Sharma, Yastika Bhatia, Sneh Rana, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Renuka Thakur Singh
Australia Women (Playing XI): Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning(c), Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown.
India Women Squad: Yastika Bhatia, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Richa Ghosh (w), Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Thakur Singh, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Anjali Sarvani
Australia Women Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (vc), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham
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