CWG 2022: India beat Barbados to enter women’s cricket semifinals | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

Powered by another sensational bowling show (4-10 in 4 overs) by setter Renuka Singh Thakur and a crucial half-century (56 not out, 46g, 6×4, 1×6) from Jemimah Rodrigues, India qualified in style for the semi-finals of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games women’s competition, beating Barbados of 100 races in the last, must-see Group A clash at Edgbaston Wednesday night.
Looking like serious medal contenders despite losing to Australia in the opener, India, who scored 162-4 and then held Barbados to 62-8, recorded their second-biggest T20I victory. They will now face the winner of Thursday night’s match between England and New Zealand in Group B, in the semi-finals on Saturday. Apart from India, Australia were supposed to be the other team to qualify for the last four stages of Group A.

The only pre-knockout concern for India is a right hand injury to Rodrigues during the match, which saw the 21-year-old sitting in the dugout towards the closing stages of the match. She was seen putting an ice pack, then a bandage on her hand, and even shaking hands with the players with her left hand. With the clash of the semi-finals just days away, India will be hoping their key hitter will recover from this blow in time.
While a good number of players have done well for them in the league stage, the superstar of the Indian campaign so far has been Renuka, who with nine scalps in three games at an incredible 5.33 average and streak rate. The economy of 4.00, including two four-fors, is the best wicket-taker in the tournament by a good margin.

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As she took 4-18 against the Southern Stars in a lost cause, Renuka, moving the ball menacingly into the spotlight, this time destroyed Barbados’ top-order, dismissing Deandra Dottin (0), the skipper Hayley Matthews (9), Kycia Knight (3) and Aaliyah Alleyne (0) to leave the Caribbean side reeling at 19 for four in 5 overs. Playing for the last time on the international stage, Dottin lost the stump of his leg trying to kick a ball in the middle of the match. Mathews couldn’t erase Shafali Verma midway, Knight was castled trying to row a thin-legged ball, while Allaeyne misjudged a leave to lose his stump to a nice inswinger.
Getting the ball in and out, Thakur has been a headache for the hitters in Edgbaston and will be India’s biggest asset in knockouts. Most encouraging for India’s women’s cricket team is the fact that the 26-year-old Himachal player appears to have filled the void of a quality pacer that was there once legendary Jhulan Goswami quit T20 cricket .

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Previously batted by Barbados, India – after losing Shafali Verma (43, 26b, 7×4, 1×6), skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (0) and Taniya Bhatia (6) in 16-point space – were delicately placed at 92 for four in 13 overs, before Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma (34 not out, 28g, 2×4, 1×6) turned the tide of the innings with their magnificent 70- run fifth wicket alliance, which took only 42 balls.
Showing why she is such a force to be reckoned with in England, Rodrigues slammed her seventh T20I fifty, with Deepti providing her perfect support to help India secure a formidable 162 for four from 20 overs. As the duo went wild, India plundered 58 runs from the final five overs, as Rodrigues hit a four on Alleyne’s final ball.

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Rodrigues, who averages 50 in England’s T20, scored 249 points in seven games, including 92 unbeaten, for Northern Superchargers in The Hundred last year. Mumbaikar, 21, was left out of the ODI World Cup squad last year due to poor form but came to the party at the perfect time for India, marking his first half-century T20I in 21 rounds.
After being set up by Barbados, India suffered an early blow when the in-form Smriti Mandhana (5) was out Lbw in just the second, but a typically belligerent blow from Shafali, and the 71 points from the opener represent the second wicket. in just 46 balls with Rodrigues gave momentum to their innings. Horrible confusion ended Shafali’s stay at the wicket, and things got worse when Harmanpreet was out for a ‘golden duck’, but Rodrigues and Deepti then joined forces for a winning position.
In another big boost for India, allrounder Pooja Vastrakar returned to the XI after missing the first two games due to Covid. India also left out the keeper Yastika Bhatiareplacing her with Taniya Bhatia instead.

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