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ICC Women's World T20 Semi-Final: India Suffers 8-Wicket Defeat Against A Strong England Team

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| November 23 , 2018 , 13:52 IST

India's women team suffered an eight-wicket humiliating defeat against England and which resulted in crashing them out of the ICC Women's World T20 in the second semi-final at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Friday.

The current ODI World champions England will now face Australia in the finals after the Southern Stars beat defending champions West Indies by 72 runs.   

The semi-final clash was a golden opportunity for team India to avenge their ICC 50-over World Cup final loss to England, but India were handicapped by a lower order batting collapse that saw them being bundled out for a merely 112 runs after opting to bat.

On a pitch that demanded technique and patience, England's chase of 113 got off to a tricky start with the opening duo of Danielle Wyatt (8) and Tammy Beaumont (1) departing early, thanks to Deepti Sharma and Radha Yadav.

England could soon have lost their third wicket in the form of top scorer Natalie Sciver (54 not out off 43 balls; 4X5) had Poonam Yadav not dropped her at midwicket off Anuja Patil when the right-hander was on two.

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Even after that Harmanpreet Kaur's ploy of continuing with the slower bowlers for the first 10 overs gave the English duo of Sciver and stumper Amy Ellen Jones (51 not out off 42; 4X3, 6X1), the license to adjust accordingly.

India decided to leave their senior most player Mithali Raj, a move that will certainly be questioned, after India lost their last eight wickets for 24 runs to end up scoring a below-par 112 in 19.3 overs.

Smriti Mandhana (34 off 23; 4X5, 6X1) top-scored for India, getting the team to a quick 43-run start with stumper Taniya Bhatia (11) before young Jemimah Rodrigues came up with a run-a-ball 26 to solidify things.

At 89/3 in the 14th over, the platform was set for skipper Harmanpreet (16 off 20; 6X1) to launch the attack for another massive total but unfortunately, the Indian innings got derailed from there on.

India kept losing wickets in heaps with the next seven batters falling like nine pins and even failing to reach the double digits. For the English women, skipper Heather Knight was the pick of the bowlers, returning 3/9 while Kirstie Gordon and Sophie Ecclestone contributed well by taking two wickets each.

Brief Scores: India 112 (Smriti Mandhana 34, Jemimah Rodrigues 26; Heather Knight 3/9, Kirstie Gordon 2/20, Sophie Ecclestone 2/22) lose to England 116/2 (Natalie Sciver 54 not out, Amy Ellen Jones 51 not out; Radha Yadav 1/20) by 8 wickets.