India assured forward of possible semifinal towards Australia, says Kaur

Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur mentioned on Monday she regarded ahead to a probable Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final towards defending champion Australia.

India certified for the final 4 when it beat Ireland by 5 runs on a rain-adjusted goal in its final group match at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.

India joined England as qualifier from Group Two with each side having gained three matches.

England, nevertheless, nonetheless should play Pakistan in Cape Town on Tuesday. Victory would assure it high spot however it’s possible group winner even when it loses due to a superior internet run price.

Australia has already gained Group Two, so is sort of sure to play India as runners-up in Group One within the semi-finals.

Kaur mentioned India had gained confidence from having performed Australia in a sequence in India final season, regardless of solely profitable one recreation — and that was on a brilliant over.

She identified that every one groups, together with champion sides like Australia, had been beneath strain in World Cup video games.

“The brand of cricket we played (against Australia) gave us a lot of confidence,” mentioned Kaur. “We have a fair idea of how we have to go about the next game and we will make our plans accordingly.”

Smriti Mandhana hit a T20 worldwide career-best 87 as India made 155 for six. Ireland had been with 54 for 2 from 8.2 overs, with Gaby Lewis 32 not out, when rain ended play.

A powerful, swirling wind made circumstances tough and Mandhana was dropped 4 instances within the outfield throughout a 56-ball innings which included 9 fours and three sixes.

Teenage prodigy Shafali Verma struggled once more on the high of the batting order, making 24 off 29 balls, however Kaur mentioned she remained a key participant.

“We always encourage her to express herself. Whenever she clicks we are always into the game. In practice she is batting well. We know how important she is,” mentioned Kaur.

Ireland made a disastrous begin to their reply when Amy Hunter was run out off the primary ball of the innings, making an attempt a second run after hitting the ball to midwicket.

Four balls later Prendergast was bowled by Renuka Thakur with out scoring.

But Lewis and captain Laura Delany, who earlier took three for 33, shared a spirited unbeaten partnership of 53.

Delany admitted that that they had been unaware of how shut that they had been to a doable profitable scenario.

“The weather changed so quickly,” she mentioned.

Although Ireland misplaced all their matches, Delany mentioned that they had made progress since their first World T20 in 2018.

“We were not on a level playing field then,” she mentioned. “Now we have contracts and things are heading in the right direction.”

Delany mentioned Ireland wanted to work arduous on a number of facets of their recreation, significantly fielding.

“We need to put ourselves under more pressure in training and to play with freedom and confidence,” she mentioned.

Brief scores:

India 155-6 in 20 overs (S. Mandhana 87; O. Prendergast 2-22, L. Delany 3-33)

Ireland 54-2 in 8.3 overs (G. Lewis 32 not out)

Result: India gained by 5 runs (Duckworth/Lewis methodology)

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