CWG 2022: Elegant Smriti Mandhana, brilliant Sneh Rana take Indian women’s cricket team to T20 final | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: versatile Sneh Rana showed nerves of steel choking on death races as an Indian women’s cricket The team edged England by four points to advance to the Commonwealth Games final on Saturday.
Needing 165 to win, England were sailing at 132 for 3. The hosts needed just 33 runs from 24 balls, but Rana (4-0-28-2) played extremely well. She only gave up 3 points in the 18th and 9 points in the final.
England finished at 160 for 6 and even a maximum last ball from Sophie Ecclestone could not save the hosts’ situation with Harmanpreet KaurThe Squad earn sweet revenge from the 2017 ODI World Cup final defeat at Lord’s.

Whether Smriti MandhanaIndia’s 32-ball-61 was a feast for the eyes, Rana, still India’s ‘MVP’, Deepti Sharma (4-0-18-1) and Pooja Vastrakar (3-0-20-0) did not commit a line or length error under pressure.
The match seemed to have swung decisively in England’s favor when Harmanpreet introduced Shafali Verma, whose friendly donkey drops in the 16th netted the home side 15 points.
But Deepti and Rana collectively only gave up six points in 17th and 18th respectively.
Pooja fled 13 points in the 19th but the Mandhana-Taniya Bhatia combination made a brilliant run out of the dangerous Nat Sciver to change course.
It was then left to Rana to play at least five fair balls which secured a medal for India in the inaugural edition of women’s cricket.
Earlier, Mandhana’s sleek but brutal shot of 61 with Jemimah Rodrigues’ helpful 44 didn’t get past India at a healthy 164 for 5 of 20 overs.
Mandhana’s 32-ball onslaught in the Powerplay laid the platform while Rodrigues, finally doing justice to his enormous potential, improvised well during his unbeaten 31-ball stay in the crease.
Along the way, Mandhana also recorded the fastest International T20 fifty in women’s cricket with just 23 balls.
A new and improved Deepti contributed with 22 balls from 20, but India might think they finished 15 points short of par after 64 points in the six Powerplay overs.
The next 14 overs yielded 100 runs as India lost momentum when three wickets fell in quick succession during the middle overs.
Rodrigues and Deepti added an invaluable 53 runs for the fourth wicket partnership.
Mandhana’s drives are the most exquisite in women’s cricket and one would rub one’s eyes in disbelief when the normally raging Shafali Verma (17 from 15 balls) was the silent partner in their opening position 76 from 7.5 overs.
There were cover drives from Katherine Brunt, sixes on setters Sciver and Issy Wong and one on bowling from Sarah Glenn.
The half-century came in just 23 balls as England bowlers looked distraught during that phase.
Once Sciver got rid of Mandhana, who was trying to play the round, the pace slowed as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, despite some fours and sixes, played a few balls in his run-a-ball 20.
While Mandhana had eight fours and three sixes in his shot, Rodrigues had seven fours to his name, mostly using arc gaps between point and extra coverage.

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