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Indian women crash out in semifinal against England

By The Assam Tribune

NORTH SOUND (ANTIGUA), Nov 23: India�s dreams of winning a maiden global title lay in tatters after a questionable omission and an inexplicable batting collapse saw them crash to an eight-wicket defeat against England in the semifinals of the ICC Women�s World T20.

Reigning ODI World Champions England will now meet Australia in the summit clash after the Southern Stars beat defending champions West Indies by 72 runs.

India decided to leave their senior most player Mithali Raj, a move that will certainly be questioned, after India lost their last eight wickets for 24 runs to end up scoring a below-par 112 in 19.3 overs.

It was a walk in the park for England as seasoned campaigners Amy Jones (53 no, 47 balls) and Natalie Sciver (52 off 40 balls) added 92 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand to finish the match in only 17.1 overs.

It was yet another story of Indian women not showing enough temperament during big match days, having lost the 50-over World Cup final to England at Lord�s last year and the Asia Cup T20 final to Bangladesh, earlier this year.

As many as seven players failed to get double digit scores and the spin-attack was unable to adapt to a different surface at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium after playing all their matches at Providence in Guyana. The bold decision to drop Mithali, the highest run-getter in shortest format, may haunt the Indian team for the longest time to come as coach Ramesh Powar and captain Harmanpreet Kaur will have a lot of answering to do in coming days.

On a track where the ball wasn�t coming on to the bat, it was the Englishwomen, who came up trumps with left-arm spinners Kirstie Gordon (2/20 in 4 overs) and Sophie Ecclestone (2/22 in 3.2 overs) varying the pace of their deliveries, something their Indian counterparts completely failed.

Skipper Heather Knight�s off-breaks also came in handy as she had the best figures of 3 for 9 in two overs as none of India�s middle and lower-order batters could force the pace.

Once Smriti Mandhana (33, 24 balls), Jemimah Rodriguez (26 off 26 balls) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (16, 20 balls) were dismissed, there wasn�t any �Plan B� with Veda Krishnamurthy completely out of form and Deepti Sharma (7, 10 balls) incapable of hitting big shots.

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India: Taniya Bhatia c Sciver b Knight 11, Smriti Mandhana c&b Sophie Ecclestone 34, Jemimah Rodrigues run out (Beaumont/A Jones) 26, Harmanpreet Kaur c Sciver b Kirstie Gordon 16, Veda Krishnamurthy c Jones b Kirstie Gordon 25, Deepti Sharma run out (D Hazell/A Jones) 7, Dayalan Hemalatha c Beaumont b H Knight 1, Anuja Patil c Winfield b Knight 0, Radha Yadav run out (D Wyatt) 4, Arundhati Reddy st Jones b Sophie Ecclestone 6, Poonam Yadav not out 0. Extras: (b-2, w-3) 5. Total: (All out in 19.3 overs) 112. Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-53, 3-89, 4-93, 5-94, 6-99, 7-99, 8-104, 9-112. Bowlers: Shrubsole 4-0-23-0, Sciver 2-0-16-0, Ecclestone 3.3-0-22-2, Hazell 4-0-20-0, Gordon 4-0-20-2, Knight 2-0-9-3.

England: Danielle Wyatt c Rodrigues b Deepti Sharma 8, Tammy Beaumont c Arundhati Reddy b Radha Yadav 1, Amy Jones not out 53, Natalie Sciver not out 52. Extras: (w-2) 2. Total: (For 2 wickets in 17.1 overs) 116. Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-24. Bowling: Deepti Sharma 4-0-24-1, Radha Yadav 4-0-20-1, Anuja Patil 3.1-0-27-0, Poonam Yadav 4-0-29-0, Dayalan Hemalatha 1-0-10-0, Jemimah Rodrigues 1-0-6-0. � PTI

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Indian women crash out in semifinal against England

NORTH SOUND (ANTIGUA), Nov 23: India�s dreams of winning a maiden global title lay in tatters after a questionable omission and an inexplicable batting collapse saw them crash to an eight-wicket defeat against England in the semifinals of the ICC Women�s World T20.

Reigning ODI World Champions England will now meet Australia in the summit clash after the Southern Stars beat defending champions West Indies by 72 runs.

India decided to leave their senior most player Mithali Raj, a move that will certainly be questioned, after India lost their last eight wickets for 24 runs to end up scoring a below-par 112 in 19.3 overs.

It was a walk in the park for England as seasoned campaigners Amy Jones (53 no, 47 balls) and Natalie Sciver (52 off 40 balls) added 92 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand to finish the match in only 17.1 overs.

It was yet another story of Indian women not showing enough temperament during big match days, having lost the 50-over World Cup final to England at Lord�s last year and the Asia Cup T20 final to Bangladesh, earlier this year.

As many as seven players failed to get double digit scores and the spin-attack was unable to adapt to a different surface at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium after playing all their matches at Providence in Guyana. The bold decision to drop Mithali, the highest run-getter in shortest format, may haunt the Indian team for the longest time to come as coach Ramesh Powar and captain Harmanpreet Kaur will have a lot of answering to do in coming days.

On a track where the ball wasn�t coming on to the bat, it was the Englishwomen, who came up trumps with left-arm spinners Kirstie Gordon (2/20 in 4 overs) and Sophie Ecclestone (2/22 in 3.2 overs) varying the pace of their deliveries, something their Indian counterparts completely failed.

Skipper Heather Knight�s off-breaks also came in handy as she had the best figures of 3 for 9 in two overs as none of India�s middle and lower-order batters could force the pace.

Once Smriti Mandhana (33, 24 balls), Jemimah Rodriguez (26 off 26 balls) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (16, 20 balls) were dismissed, there wasn�t any �Plan B� with Veda Krishnamurthy completely out of form and Deepti Sharma (7, 10 balls) incapable of hitting big shots.

SCORECARD

India: Taniya Bhatia c Sciver b Knight 11, Smriti Mandhana c&b Sophie Ecclestone 34, Jemimah Rodrigues run out (Beaumont/A Jones) 26, Harmanpreet Kaur c Sciver b Kirstie Gordon 16, Veda Krishnamurthy c Jones b Kirstie Gordon 25, Deepti Sharma run out (D Hazell/A Jones) 7, Dayalan Hemalatha c Beaumont b H Knight 1, Anuja Patil c Winfield b Knight 0, Radha Yadav run out (D Wyatt) 4, Arundhati Reddy st Jones b Sophie Ecclestone 6, Poonam Yadav not out 0. Extras: (b-2, w-3) 5. Total: (All out in 19.3 overs) 112. Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-53, 3-89, 4-93, 5-94, 6-99, 7-99, 8-104, 9-112. Bowlers: Shrubsole 4-0-23-0, Sciver 2-0-16-0, Ecclestone 3.3-0-22-2, Hazell 4-0-20-0, Gordon 4-0-20-2, Knight 2-0-9-3.

England: Danielle Wyatt c Rodrigues b Deepti Sharma 8, Tammy Beaumont c Arundhati Reddy b Radha Yadav 1, Amy Jones not out 53, Natalie Sciver not out 52. Extras: (w-2) 2. Total: (For 2 wickets in 17.1 overs) 116. Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-24. Bowling: Deepti Sharma 4-0-24-1, Radha Yadav 4-0-20-1, Anuja Patil 3.1-0-27-0, Poonam Yadav 4-0-29-0, Dayalan Hemalatha 1-0-10-0, Jemimah Rodrigues 1-0-6-0. � PTI

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