India whip Ireland to book spot in final four

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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PROVIDENCE, Guyana (CMC) — India became the second team to qualify for the semi-finals of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's Twenty20 World Cup when they easily defeated Ireland by 51 runs in their Group B encounter at the Providence Cricket Stadium here Thursday.

Led once again by opener Mithali Raj who scored her second successive half-century, India posted a formidable 145 for six from their 20 overs.

Ireland never seriously looked like getting to that total, eventually finishing on 93 for eight from their 20 overs, as they slumped to their third-straight defeat.

The win means that India and Australia will advance from Group B, with the winner of that group set to be determined when the two teams clash today.

It will also be India's first semi-ifinal appearance in a Twenty20 World Cup since 2010.

Raj was at the forefront of her team's total, scoring 51 from 56 balls, inclusive of four boundaries and one six.

She teamed up with Smriti Mandhana, who made 33, to add 67 runs inside the first 10 overs and give India a good foundation.

Raj carried her bat throughout almost the entire innings, before she fell to Kim Garth in the penultimate over of the innings.

Deepti Sharma ensured there was a flourish at the end, scoring a quickfire, unbeaten 11 off just seven balls.

Garth was the pick of the Ireland bowlers, grabbing two for 22 from her four overs.

In pursuit of a challenging total, only Isobel Joyce who top-scored with 33 and Clare Shillington who made 23 put up any resistance with none of the other batters getting into double figures.

By the time Joyce was dismissed in the 18th over, the outcome was already known as Ireland had progressed to only 84 for five.

Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma were India's two best bowlers, finishing with three for 25 and two for 15, respectively.

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