India choke Ireland for first semi-final entry since 2010

India 145 for 6 (Mithali 51, Mandhana 33, Garth 2-22) beat Ireland 93 for 8 (Joyce 33, Shillington 23, Radha 3-25) for 52 races [19659002] The 17th T20I fifty of Mithali Raj helped India seal a semi-final berth ICC / Getty

India crossed the semifinals of the Women's World T20 after demolishing Ireland by 52 races in Providence. The result meant that the first two places in Group B are now decided, with Australia as the other semifinalist. For Ireland, it was their third consecutive loss of the tournament. The result also meant that New Zealand and Pakistan were eliminated.

On a day when torrential rain in the morning hindered the batting conditions, Mithali Raj made his way to a 17th century T20I to help India post 145. With slightly damp gardens and a wet pitch , Mithali anchored India's entries until 19, accumulating four legs and a six on his 56-ball 51.

Starters Smriti Mandhana (29-ball 33) and Mithali added 67 After Ireland asked India I will hit This partnership gave India a platform that allowed the young Jemimah Rodrigues (11-ball 18) to inject some momentum. But a flurry of windows in the middle of the overs forced India to get lost and eventually limited its surge in the death overs. Kim Garth, the mid-tempo bowler, was chosen by the Irish bowlers, dismissing Mithali and Mandhana, in their first spell, to finish with 2 for 22.

The lack of pace of the players Bowling of Ireland forced Mithali to respond. late touches and looks. Later in the game, there was a scare of injuries for Mithali when he injured his knee while diving on a square leg. But at the end of the game, Mithali, who was named the Player of the Match, attributed it to a small problem and expected to be fit for the Australian game on Saturday.

Ireland began its pursuit of 146 in a positive way, going without fuses until the sixth final. Clare Shillington (23-ball 23) and Gaby Lewis added 27, but once the starting position was broken, India's spinners continued to shake Ireland. Except for Shillingford, only Isobel Joyce (33) reached the double digits for Ireland, as it exceeded 20 attempts, a big positive.

But Ireland was not anywhere in the competition after the Powerplay. The duo of Deepti Sharma (2 by 15) and Radha Yadav (3 by 25) began the strangulation of Ireland when the field was extended, and the regular windows meant they could not join any useful association.

To 84 for 4 in the 16 In addition, it seemed that the batters of Ireland would see the game, but a burst of late windows, one for Harmanpreet and Poonam Yadav, and a departure of D Hemalatha ensured that Ireland finished their innings with only Two windows in his hand. Taniya Bhatia had an excellent day with the gloves. Three of the eight Irish windows were due to their quick work with the gloves.

The winner of the clash between India and Australia will determine the first of Group B. For Ireland, their last game against New Zealand will be a matter of consolation.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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