|India Women||England Women|
|112/10 (19.3 ov) - R/R 5.74||116/2 (17.1 ov) - R/R 6.75|
|Amy Jones (W)||not out||53||45||3||1|
|Natalie Sciver||not out||52||40||5||0|
|Current Partnership||Last Wicket 24/2 (4.5)|
92 (92) R/R: 7.45
Natalie Sciver 47(38)
Amy Jones 43(36)
Danielle Wyatt 8(15) S.R (53.33)
c Jemimah Rodrigues b Deepti Sharma
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