India Women on Saturday (August 6, 2022) booked their position in the finals of the Commonwealth Games 2022, defeating England women by 4-runs in a thrilling conclusion in the semi-final at Edgbaston.
While Smriti Mandhana motivated the side by smashing the fastest 50 for India in T20Is, Sneh Rana kept her tension to end the job for the Indian women in the last over. The Women in Blue will immediately lock horns with the winner of the Australia Women vs New Zealand Women game in the finals on Sunday (August 7).
Fans swiftly took notice of the brilliant achievement of the Indian women, who are now confident of at least a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games. Here you can see some of the reactions on Twitter:
Take A Bow India Women!!!
India Are Into The Finals Of Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022.
This Rise Of India in Women Cricket is Just Unreal 🙌..#INDWvENGWAdvertisement
— Maham Fatima (@Maham0fficial_2) August 6, 2022
— Abinash Kumar (@AbinashKrAb) August 6, 2022
— Abhishek Ghosh (@evilenuff) August 6, 2022
— Aazib Anjum (@GullyCricketter) August 6, 2022Advertisement
— Yatharth Gaur (@ygee02) August 6, 2022
छोरियां इन फाइनल 😍😍#INDWvENGWAdvertisement
— ReTweeter_Chëbü🇮🇳 (@chebu_the_memer) August 6, 2022
— MayB (@Gyanban) August 6, 2022
INDW into Finals …Medal Confirmed #CWC2022
Chak De India 👏👏🎉🎉🎉🔥🥳🥳#INDWvENGW
— Raj 🦁 ✨ (@Star_Raj___) August 6, 2022
Smriti Mandhana, as well as Sneh Rana, guide India Women to the Final
India Women had a passionate start in the semi-final as Smriti Mandhana took on the England Women’s bowlers from the kickoff. She hit 61 runs off 32 balls, which included 8 boundaries and 3 sixes.
The southpaw public crucial opening support of 76 runs with Shafali Verma (15). The Women in Blue set up themselves in a spot of bother after Shafali and Mandhana were dismissed in rapid succession, decreasing the team to 77/2 in 8.3 overs.
Thereafter, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (20) and Jemimah Rodrigues (44* off 31 balls) firmed the ship to take India Women past the 100-run mark.
Following Harmanpreet’s sacking of Freya Kemp’s bowling in the 14th over, Deepti Sharma (20) comes to join Jemimah to propel India Women to 164 runs in their 20 overs.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) August 6, 2022Advertisement
Chasing 165, Sophia Dunkley and Danielle Wyatt gave a brisk beginning to England Women. Deepti granted the first breakthrough as she eliminated Dunkley for 19 runs in the 3rd over.
Alice Capsey stared good for her 13, but her attendance was cut short by an unusual run-out from Rana. Captain Natalie Sciver then joined Wyatt in the run chase before the latter too was removed by Rana for 35.
Wicket-keeper Amy Jones (31) joined a crucial partnership with Sciver, but an additional run-out spoiled the day for the English women.
With 27 runs required off the final 2 overs, Sciver hit a 6 off Pooja Vastrakar in the penultimate over previously stealing 4 leg byes to keep the hosts in the hunt. As luck would have it, the English captain was dismissed off the very upcoming ball, allowing the Women in Blue to come back into the match.
Rana thereafter retained her nerves to defend 14 runs in the final over to lift her team to a slender 4-run win in the match.
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