Clinical India knock England out of CWG 2022 with a thrilling four-run victory
Riding on Smriti Mandhana's brilliant half-century and a superb collective bowling effort, India defeated England by four runs in the first semifinal of the ongoing Commonwealth Games. The Women in Blue advanced to the Grand Finale with this magnificent victory.
Mandhana's knock powers India to a competitive total
After opting to bat first, India got off to a flier, courtesy of Smriti Mandhana's fireworks with the bat. The stylish southpaw continued her dream run in the tournament, slamming a flamboyant 32-ball 61.
Smriti ensured a dream start for India
Smriti's marvellous knock was studded with eight fours and three sixes as she enthralled the spectators with her gorgeous stroke play.
After Smriti's dismissal, India struggled a bit to score at a brisk pace. However, Jemimah Rodrigues continued fighting till the end, ensuring a fitting finish for her side. The 21-year-old's eye-catching 44-run knock, which included seven glorious boundaries, propelled India to 164 at the end of 20 overs.
Freya Kemp was England's most successful bowler, picking two wickets for 22 runs.