India pacer Renuka Singh throws inswinger to fire Barbados batter Aaliyah Alleyne© Twitter
Pacer Renuka Singh’s four-wicket-haul helped Team India beat Barbados by 100 runs in the women’s T20 Cricket Group A match at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. This win helped the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side advance to the semi-finals. After posting a total of 162, India knocked out Barbados with 62. Apart from all these triumphs, one thing that caught everyone’s attention was Renuka’s inswinger to fire Aaliyah Alleyne. In the 5th over of Barbados’ batting innings, Renuka threw an inswinger to Alleyne, then the batter was left completely confused.
The ball cut back with the corner and the Barbados batter, for some strange reason, chose not to bid a single shot. In the match, Renuka took four wickets and had previously taken as many wickets against Australia.
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Invited to bat, India put in a competitive 162 for 4 on the back of a nice unbeaten half-century from Jemimah Rodrigues (56 not from 46 balls) and a 26-ball 43 from opener Shafali Verma. The Indians then limited Barbados to 62 for 8 in 20 overs, with Renuka cheating the Barbados batters with an impressive spell. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh and Radha Yadav came in with one wicket each.
Kyshona Knight was the top scorer for Barbados with 16, while Shakera Selman made 12. Seven of their batters didn’t reach double digits. Barbados were sacked for 64 in their nine-wicket defeat to Australia in an earlier match.
With the win, India finished second behind Australia (6 points from 3 matches) in Group A with four points from two wins. They had beaten Pakistan and lost to Australia in their previous matches. The semifinals will be played on Saturday.
(with PTI inputs)
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