We couldn’t be any prouder with our Indian women’s cricket team for their splendid play against New Zealand. Even though the score was restricted to 133 for 8, with Shafali Verma’s grand 46 being the top scorer, NZ still lost their way to the semis.
Amelia Kerr, who turned the game in NZ’s favor with Verma’s vital wicket, again took over the driver’s seat in the last 2 overs when 34 were required. But her heroics couldn’t save the last 5 winning runs.
Who gave NZ a chance to get back in the hunt?
Poonam Kaur literally played a game of two halves. She made three singles in her first over, which was followed by Radha’s first that had Sophie Devine facing five dots before a single off the last delivery. Poonam scored a fitting 14 runs in the first three overs and, probably, the most crucial wicket. However, Amelia managed to breakthrough Poonam’s threat by moving across the stumps to target the fine leg area for a few boundaries. Amelia sure knew how to put her feet to use and managed to get two more boundaries. The 18-run over that Poonam would like to forget put New Zealand back in the hunt.
Then, why did New Zealand lose?
New Zealand just fell short of one boundary, despite Amelia’s amazing hits. They scored 29 off the final two overs when they needed 34.
Was 133 too tall a score?
New Zealand’s bowling definitely gave them a subtle hope to grab the game, despite the start Shafali provided India in her typical style. But their batting totally let them down in the chase. Rachel Priest kicked off well with a few boundaries in the very first over itself, but it was a case of one shot too many. Suzie Bates then shuffled across her stumps to sweep Deepti Sharma to fine-leg but exposed her stumps. Later in the same over, Amelia again put her feet to good use and scored a handful of boundaries.
So, India’s confirmation into Semis?
Yes, they are through to the semi-finals with a game in hand. They will take on Sri Lanka day after at the same venue. New Zealand, meanwhile, will look to gain some ground when they take on Bangladesh next on the same day, and at the same venue.
Brief scores :
India 133/8 in 20 overs (Shefali Verma 46, Taniya Bhatia 23; Amelia Kerr 2-21, Rosemary Mair 2-27) beat New Zealand 129/6 in 20 overs(Amelia Kerr 34*; Shikha Pandey 1-21) by 4.