MeraNews Network, New Delhi: India crashed out of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 championships on Thursday after losing to a dominant English side by 8 wickets. England will now meet Australia in the finals for the summit clash.
The Indian eves scored a paltry 112 in 19.3 overs after winning the toss. A batting collapse saw them lose eight wickets for just 24 runs from 89/2 to 112 all out. Surprisingly, India’s star cricketer Mithali Raj was excluded from the playing eleven, a move that will have the skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and coach Ramesh Powar a lot of answering to do.
After the loss, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said, “Whatever we decided, we decided for the team. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, no regrets. I'm proud of the way my girls played through the tournament. This is learning for us because we are a young team.”
For India, Smriti Mandhana scored the highest with 34 runs off 23 balls, while Deepti Sharma and Radha Yadav could scalp only one wicket each during the English innings. Breezy half centuries by Natalie Sciver and Player of the Match Amy Jones guided England to a comfortable win against the Indians. Skipper Heather Knight’s 3 for 9 runs in 2 overs along with Kirstie Gordon’s 2/20 and Sophie Eccelstone’s 2/22 ran through the formidable Indian batting line-up, which folded like a pack of cards.
Scores: England- 116/2 (17.1 overs); India-112 all out (19.3 overs)