Debashis Sarangi
Debashis Sarangi
Author ∙ Aug 6 2022, 2:11 PM

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. 

image-l6hxm1lhSmriti 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. 

England fall short by a bare margin

Much like their opponents, England had a dream start in the pursuit of 165, as Sophia Dunkley and Danielle Wyatt raced to 28 runs in the first 16 deliveries. However, Harmanpreet's decision to introduce Deepti Sharma worked wonders for India as she removed the well-set Dunkley in her first over. 

Indian spinners built up the pressure and found two more wickets soon, including that of the dangerous Wyatt, who cruised her way through to a 27-ball 35. 

image-l6hyp3yoSneh Rana starred with the ball for India

After that, Nat Sciver and Amy Jones carried England forward to perfection, adding 54 runs for the fifth wicket. But both were run out in quick succession, which allowed India to bounce back in the match. 

Indian women grabbed the opportunity gleefully and exhibited supreme death bowling skills to restrict England to 160, winning the game by just four runs. 

Sneh Rana held her nerve incredibly in the final over and emerged as India's best bowler, finishing with figures of two for 28. 

Brief Scores

India Women: 164/5 (20)
Smriti Mandhana 61 (32), Jemimah Rodrigues 44* (31);
Freya Kemp 2/22 (3), Nat Sciver 1/26 (3)

England Women: 160/6(20)
Nat Sciver 41 (43), Danielle Wyatt 35 (27);
Sneh Rana 2/28 (4), Deepti Sharma 1/18 (4)

India Women won by four runs. 

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