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Right then! We are down to the final two teams in this 2018 WT20! Bring on the Ashes! It is Australia vs England. Two teams that have won comprehensively deservedly take on each other on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 8 pm local (0000 GMT, Sunday). Do not miss it! Will it be Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi! Or Long Live the Queen? You know where to find out. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious English skipper, Heather Knight, is proud of the way her team fought back after that Powerplay in the first innings. Praises her spinners and then the two batters for countering the spin barrage from India. Agrees that the left-arm spin twins (Sophie Ecclestone and Kirstie Gordon) have worked well for England over the last one year. On her not choosing to go for that hat-trick, Heather smiles and says that she could have but her role is only to support the bowlers, not be a main one. Says that she never felt England would stutter tonight as the middle order is very strong. Is excited to play Australia in the final and hopes for a good match.
Indian captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, does not want to regret on Mithali Raj not featuring in this game. Says that she is proud of the way her girls played in the tournament and believes that in the future, India will play better cricket. Admits that it is a learning opportunity for the Indians and credits England for reading the pitch better. Believes that her unit bowled well, dragging the game into the 18th over.
AMY JONES HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. Admits that this is her best knock for England. Credits Sciver for coming in and not letting the tempo drop. Says that the duo talked about staying till the end. On the slow spin by India, Jones says that England were prepared more or less for the same, having played against them so many times in the past.
Finally, the fielding. India were excellent against New Zealand, poor against Pakistan, alright against Ireland and magnificent against Australia. Tonight, it deserted them. Catches and stumpings were being missed and this is where England swung the game around. Remember Beaumont's throw to run Rodrigues out? That changed the complexion of the game. In the second innings, in the 7th over, Sciver pulled one straight to Poonam Yadav but she could not hang on. Natalie was on 5 then. Might very well walk away with the Player Of The Match awarad. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
Talking about adjustment, there was plenty from England. Not much from India. They had their warm-up game over here. They saw the way Australia batted. Still, they did not learn. For Australia, experience took them through. For India, that was missing. Should Mithali Raj have played? By all means. She would have done a Meg Lanning for India. Even with the ball, the bowlers did not change their lengths much at all. There was this T20I in South Africa a few months ago where the Protea Women kept going back and across and slogging the ball over the leg side. Anjum Chopra had remarked then, 'I think other teams in the world will notice this.' Well, they have, but India themselves did not take notice of that.
Sometimes, playing last helps you. Windies handed the advantage to Australia. The latter thrived. Then India seemed to gain an advantage after winning the toss. They blew it away. All this while, England carefully read the wicket and played shots off the back foot whereas India were more content to come forward.
Hard to figure out where India lost the match. They have just handed the game on a platter to the English. Was it nerves of a big game? Well, for the first 10 overs, it did not seem so. Then a sudden implosion took place and they were caught napping. With the ball, two early wickets seemed to spring energy into the steps but after that, the unbeaten 92-run stand between Amy Jones and Natalie Sciver just dismantled them.
A victory made look easy by England. Mind you, this was not the easiest pitch to bat on. But some basic fielding errors from India and lack of adjustment to the pitch lengths along with common sense in batting aided their cause.
FOUR! ENGLAND ARE THROUGH TO THE FINAL! Not a dissimilar way of finishing the game too. Short and outside off, Jones backs away and goes over mid on to seal the game! Gets her half century too. VICTORY BY 8 WICKETS WITH 17 BALLS TO SPARE!
Full and around off, swept to deep square leg for another single. 112/2
A long hop again, dragged to wide long on for one.
FOUR! Half century for Sciver! What a match to get your best knock. Short and outside off pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary. England just a hit away now.
Short and outside off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Action replay of the previous delivery.
Full on middle, Sciver comes down the track and pushes it to long on for a single. 9 more needed to make it to the final.
Poonam Yadav to bowl out now. 3-0-20-0 so far.
Outside off, cut to point for a single. 103/2
FOUR! Up and over! Very full and outside off, Jones gets underneath it and lofts it over a leaping Harmanpreet Kaur at mid off! 100 UP FOR ENGLAND, 11 more needed from 25 balls to meet Australia.
Landed outside off, another massive bit of turn, chopped down in front of point for a quick one.
A long hop, outside off, spinning in, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
Full on middle, pushed wide of long on for a single. 19 more needed from 29 balls.
Deepti Sharma to bowl out. 3-0-14-1 so far.
Short and outside off, punched straight to cover. 93/2
Outside off, pulled wide of long on for a brilliantly-run couple.
Short and down the leg side, Jones looks to pull but gets a top edge over the keeper to fine leg. Two runs taken.
Very full outside off, driven straight to extra cover.
Landed wide outside off, swept to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Full and around off, worked through wide long on for a single.
Jemimah Rodrigues being given a chance now.
Full and around off, punched back to the bowler. 87/2
Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler who dives to her left and parries it to long off. A single taken.
Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for one more.
On middle and leg, flicked uppishly over mid-wicket for a run.
Pushes this through mid on for a single. 29 more needed from 40 deliveries.
FOUR! BRUTAL! England are bettering India in terms of power-hitting. Short and outside off, Jones gets well across her sticks and pulls it behind square leg for a boundary!
Anuja Patil is back on. 2-0-15-0 so far.
Tossed up, very full on middle, pushed back to the bowler. 79/2
Short outside off, spinning away, pulled to long on for one.
Another slog to long on, for a single.
On middle and leg, helped behind square leg for one.
Full and around off, slogged to long on for a run.
Short and wide outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
Poonam Yadav returns. 2-0-15-0 so far.
Outside off, spinning away, NS looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards cover. 74/2
Another one hit through the covers for a single. 39 more needed now, from 49 balls.
Punches this through the covers for one.
Short and outside off, Jones looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge which does not carry to short third man. A quick run stolen.
A misfield now. Guess by who. The skipper. Short and outside off, Sciver punches it straight to cover where Harmanpreet Kaur fumbles and allows a single.
Short and outside off, punched down the ground but Radha dives to her left to stop it.
Radha Yadav is back on. 3-0-16-1 so far.
Short and outside off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for another single. 10 from the over, bonus one for England. 70/2
Pushes this down to long on for one.
Punches it through the covers for a run.
Excellent stop from Veda Krishnamurthy. Full and outside off, Natalie slogs this through square leg. Seems to be heading towards the ropes but Krishnamurthy dives full stretch to her right and saves a couple.
FOUR! BOSH! Brute power. Quicker one, shorter in length outside off but Sciver is ready. Goes back and pulls it powerfully through mid-wicket. There are two fielders in the deep but they are split to perfection. 48 more needed from 58 balls.
Short ball, outside off, pulled straight to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Dayalan Hemalatha to bowl now.
Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a run. 60/2
Dropped short, pulled straight to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Comes down the track, gets a full toss on the pads but she works it through fine leg. There is no soul over there and the keeper herself has to run after that. Two runs taken.
FOUR! BOOM! Short and outside off, Sciver rocks back and pulls it wide of long on. Smriti Mandhana dives to her right at the ropes but that was too powerfully struck to be stopped! 57 more needed from 63 balls now.
Fired in on middle, watchfully defended back to the bowler.
Outside off, Sciver gets a long way across to pull but misses and is hit on the pads.
Pushes this through mid on for one. 52/2
FOUR! A rarity. A boundary. Short and outside off, Sciver backs away and cuts it through the covers. 50 UP FOR ENGLAND. 62 more needed from 67 balls.
Comes down the track and chips it towards long on for one.
Full and around off, swept straight to Poonam Yadav at short fine leg this time for a quick run.
Outside off, pulled through square leg where Poonam Yadav dives to her left brilliantly and stops the ball. Just a single.
Fired in outside off, punched back to the bowler.
A short ball once more pulled powerfully wide of long on for a couple. 69 more needed from 72 balls. 44/2
Full and outside off, NS gets a long way across to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads.
Much better from Poonam, fuller and outside off, Natalie looks to cut but misses.
OVERTHROW. Good awareness from England. A long hop, Sciver pulls it towards long on. Should have been just a single but the throw is well over the keeper and the second is taken.
Short again, pulled away again, this time for a single to long on.
Short and outside off, spinning in, pulled through mid-wicket for a couple.
Poonam Yadav is introduced.
Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a single. 37/2
EDGED, DROPPED! Second one in the over. Too wide outside off, Natalie looks to cut but gets an outside edge. Taniya Bhatia is not quite awake to the opportunity and fumbles. A single taken to short third man.
Works this through mid-wicket for another single.
Outside off, worked through mid on again for one. 79 more needed from 81 balls.
Short on off, pulled down to long on for a run.
WIDE. Miles outside off, left alone.
DROPPED! Straight in, straight out. A short ball, outside off, Sciver goes back and pulls - straight to Poonam Yadav at square leg who gets her hands to it but the ball bursts through. A single taken.
Anuja Patil to bowl now.
Short and outside off, punched through point for a run. Excellent Powerplay for India. They have stayed in the game with 2 wickets. Could have so easily let shoulders droop. 30/2
Comes down the track and hits it uppishly, just wide of short extra cover for a single.
A long hop outside off, cut straight to point.
WIDE. This is too much outside off, left alone.
Short and outside off, spinning away, punched through the covers for a run.
Tossed up wide outside off, Sciver looks to sweep but misses.
Short and outside off, cut through the covers for a single.
Goes back and works it through square leg for a single. Superb over from Deepti whose bowling figures read 3-0-14-1. 25/2
Natalie Sciver walks in at number 4, replacing Wyatt.
OUT! CAUGHT! Second wicket in the innings and the game has opened up now. Not the best piece of cricket from Wyatt - trying to get out of the self-imposed pressure - aiming to maximize the Powerplay by scoring big. But she comes down the track and swings it high and handsome, straight to Jemimah Rodrigues at deep mid-wicket. Another waste of a wicket.
Works it wide of mid on for a quick single. 89 needed from 92 balls now.
Outside off, punched towards mid on.
DROPPED! Much tougher chance. Short and outside off, Wyatt rocks back and pulls it towards mid-wicket. Veda Krishnamurthy flies to her left but the ball bursts through her hand. A single taken.
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
Short and outside off, cut straight to point. 22/1
SIX! Nicely hit. Flighted outside off, Jones jumps out and swings it cleanly over long on!
Comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through the covers for a run.
Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
DROPPED! Should have been taken. Short and outside off, Jones goes back to cut, then tries to bail out. Too late. The ball takes the outside edge behind but hello - Taniya Bhatia grasses it.
Outside off, punched straight to cover.
Short and outside off, pulled wide of mid on for a quick run. 99 more needed from 102 balls. 14/1
FOUR! An oxygen mask in a closed container. A breath of fresh air for England. A boundary. Short and outside off, Jones rocks back and goes straight over the bowler's head. Mid on and mid off are inside the circle and cannot cut it off.
Another long hop, dragged to deep mid-wicket again, for one more.
A short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Outside off, short in length, dragged to short fine leg for a single.
Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
Punches this through the covers for one. 3 runs and a wicket from the over - excellent start by Radha. 6/1
Landed outside off, spinning away, left alone in anticipation of a wide but it is not.
Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
Amy Jones comes in at number 3, replacing Beaumont.
OUT! CAUGHT! The gift-wrapping of dismissals continues from the first innings. Full and outside off, Beaumont gets a long way across and slogs it - but straight to widish short mid-wicket where Arundhati Reddy makes no mistake. India needed an early break and they have got it.
Short and outside off, slapped straight to cover.
SAFE. Outside off, Wyatt played that to point and took off. Deepti Sharma came charging in and had a shy at the striker's end, hitting them. It was referred upstairs but replays showed that Wyatt had just about made it.
DIRECT HIT! Wicket? Wyatt seems to be in trouble. Referred upstairs...
Radha Yadav to bowl from the other end.
On middle and leg, helped through square leg for a single. 3/0
Short ball, Danielle looks to pull but mistimes it towards mid on.
Full and just outside off, well defended.
Goes back and works it through square leg for a run.
Works this through id-wicket for a single.
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
The players are back. Wyatt and Beaumont to open. Deepti Sharma has the ball. Let's play.