Shafali Verma, Bowlers Star As India Beat New Zealand By 4 Runs To Book Semi-Finals Spot | Cricket News

Womens T20 World Cup: Shafali Verma, Bowlers Star As India Beat New Zealand By 4 Runs To Book Semi-Finals Spot


Shafali Verma’s 34-ball 46 adopted by a superlative efficiency from the bowlers helped India notch up a slim four-run win over New Zealand in a vital group A match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Melbourne on Thursday. Invited to bat, India posted a below-par 133/Eight in opposition to New Zealand, with Shafali top-scoring with a 34-ball 46 and Taniya Bhatia chipping in with a 25-ball 23. India, nonetheless, produced a disciplined efficiency with the ball to limit New Zealand to 129/6 and register their third successive win within the match. With this win, India topped Group A, having overwhelmed Australia and Bangladesh of their final two outing.

Defending the full, India launched spin right away however Deepti Sharma bled 12 runs with opener Rachel Priest (12) hitting her for 2 boundaries.

But skilled pacer Shikha Pandey eliminated Priest within the subsequent over when she had her caught at mid wicket.

With Shikha and left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowling in tandem, New Zealand performed with warning to succeed in 28/1. Back into the assault, Deepti then cleaned up Bates with a great thing about a supply as New Zealand slipped to 30/2.

Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav then mounted the stress on the Kiwis and shortly the Black Caps had been 34/Three when the previous dismissed skipper Sophie Devine (14).

Maddy Green (24) and Katey Martin (25) then tried to resurrect the innings with a 36-ball 43-run stand.

However, Gayakwad returned to take away Green, who danced down the pitch solely to finish up with an out of doors edge as Bhatia did the remainder.

Radha then dismissed Martin to depart New Zealand at 90 for five in 16.Three overs.

Needing 44 off 21 balls, Kerr (34) blasted 4 boundaries to build up 18 runs within the penultimate over bowled by Poonam to convey the equation right down to 16 off six balls.

In the ultimate over, Heyley Jensen (11) and Kerr cracked a 4 every however Shikha held her nerves in the long run to finish the win.

Earlier, 16-year-old Shafali supplied the fireworks as India scored 49/1 within the powerplay overs.

But they misplaced six wickets for 43 runs to squander the nice begin. Smriti Mandhana (11), who returned to the enjoying XI after lacking the final match resulting from sickness, departed early however Shafali and Taniya (23) stored the scoreboard ticking, including 51 runs for the second wicket.

In the 10th over, Taniya was caught by Amelia Kerr at backward level, whereas Jemimah Rodrigues (10) was caught by Kerr within the 12th over as India slipped to 80/3.

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s (1) poor kind additionally continued as she was quickly again to the hut after being caught and bowled by Leigh Kasperek.

Shafali, who was dropped at long-on within the eighth over and at mid-wicket within the 10th over, then holed out to Jensen at deep additional cowl. She had 4 hits to the fence and three most photographs in her innings.

Left-handed batter Deepti Sharma (8) and Veda Krishnamurthy (6) introduced up the 100 within the 15th over however each departed quickly as India slumped to 104/6.

Radha Yadav then blasted 14 off 9 balls, which included a six within the closing over, to provide some respectability to the full.

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