The match-winning 87-run knock against Ireland, according to star opener Smriti Mandhana, was one of her toughest innings because of the challenging Saint George’s Park conditions. India scored 155 for 6 after electing to bat first in their final Women’s T20 World Cup group encounter thanks to Mandhana’s career-best performance. Ireland was 54 for two in their run chase after 8.2 overs when play was suspended due to severe rain. After 8.2 overs, Ireland fell five runs shy of the DLS par score of 59.
India won the game using the D/L technique because the game could not be restarted.
The finger is healthy. One of the hardest innings I’ve ever played. Not the surface, but the speed at which they were bowling, and the worsening effect of the wind,” Mandhana said following the game.
“With opening partner Shafali Verma, we were advising one another to try to keep our shape. She wasn’t timing it well, and I was batting poorly,” admitted Mandhana, who went on to win the game with a 56-ball performance.
“But there was a lot of wind while we were trying to talk about it, and we had to react to how rapidly they were bowling. It’s good to record some runs and go to the semifinals. We didn’t get the England game we wanted.” Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India, claimed it was a successful game for her team.
“Smriti received runs, which is crucial for us. Every time she gives us a start, we reach a successful total.” When asked why she chose to bat third, Harmanpreet, who made 13, responded, “Since I don’t really have that, I just wanted to go up and spend some time in the middle.
“(Getting the semis) means a lot because we work hard and strive to succeed anytime we have the chance. It’s good to go to the semifinals, and we’ll give it our all. We always look forward to playing them (Australia in semifinal). We want to play solid cricket because it will be make or break.” Laura Delany, the captain of Ireland, was unhappy with how the game finished.
The rain impeded our efforts to establish a partnership as we prepared for the wind.
“Following 2018, Cricket Ireland made significant contract investments. Although it has been a very pleasant experience overall, we want to improve on our fielding. If we could follow in the footsteps of Orla Prendergast, who has become increasingly successful, that would be fantastic.”
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