Defending champion Australia held its nerves because it beat India by 5 runs in an exhilarating Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final, right here on Thursday.
Chasing a goal of 173, India ladies wanted simply 31 off the final three overs however solely managed 167/8 in the long run as spinner Ashleigh Gardner bowled a incredible last over, freely giving simply 10 runs.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (52 off 34 balls) and Jemimah Rodrigues (43 off 24 balls) added 69 runs in simply 6.4 overs to set the platform however whereas Jemimah was out attempting to play a ramp shot, Harmanpreet couldn’t slide her bat in whereas going for second run.
Richa Ghosh was additionally out going for a giant hit whereas Deepti Sharma (20 not out off 17 balls) as traditional couldn’t produce huge hits in the long run.
Earlier, opener Beth Mooney performed a stellar position with a half century, whereas skipper Meg Lanning hit a 34-ball 49 as Australia scored a difficult 172 for 4 after opting to bat first.
Mooney scored 54 of 37 balls with seven fours and a six whereas Lanning gave the innings late impetus with 4 fours and two sixes.
Gardner, WPL’s highest paid abroad recruit, smashed 31 off 18 balls with 5 boundaries whereas Shikha Pandey took two wickets for India.
Australia 172/4 (Beth Mooney 54, Meg Lanning 49, Ashleigh Gardner 31; Shikha Pandey 2/32).
India 167/8 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 52, Jemimah Rodrigues 43, Darcie Brown 2/18, Ashleigh Gardner 2/37).
Source web site: sportstar.thehindu.com