India to face Australia in Semifinal of Women's T20 World Cup 2023
India to face Australia in Semifinal of Women's T20 World Cup 2023

India to face Australia in Semifinal of Women’s T20 World Cup 2023: India Women have qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 Semi-final and will face Australia on 23 February to reach the final. Harmanpreet and co have reached yet another semifinal by defeating Pakistan, West Indies, and Ireland in the group stages. This is India’s third consecutive qualification for the T20 World cup semifinals following 2018’s playoff and 2021’s runner-up performances.

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India qualified for the semi-finals by defeating Ireland by 5 runs (DLS) in a rain-shortened match, although it wasn’t a particularly convincing victory because concerns about the batting unit still exist. The typically explosive Shafali Verma hasn’t shown her true colors. She had 33 off 25 against Pakistan, 28 off 23 against West Indies, 8 off 11 against England, and lastly 24 off 29 against Ireland.

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India vs Australia in Semifinals of Women’s T20 World Cup

India lasted second in Group 2 on the points table and Australia stood in the top spot of Group 1 with 4 wins. Australia and India are most likely to meet in the semifinals. Meg Lanning’s squad had already clinched a spot in Thursday’s semi-final, where they will take on India who finished second in Group B.

England beat Pakistan by a handy margin and topped group B, which implies they will face South Africa in the second semifinal. India will face Australia in the semifinal 1.

As fans had anticipated before the match, India’s victory was anything but straightforward. In reality, the difference was only 5 runs, therefore it could have also ended otherwise as well.

India’s leading scorer, Smriti Mandhana, was dropped three times throughout her innings, and the left-hander made the Irish pay with her 87-run knock from 56 balls in the team’s 155-run total. 19 runs off 12 were scored by Jemimah Rodrigues.

Sad to say, the majority of the other batters performed poorly. Both of Shafali Verma’s and Harmanpreet Kaur’s innings, which saw each player score 24 off of 29 and 13 off of 20, would have cost India the match. Before play was halted by rain and no further play was permitted, Ireland were 6 runs behind the DLS score and they lost it there.

Laura Delaney, the captain of Ireland, claimed three wickets, and Orla Prendergast claimed a pair. After losing two wickets in the opening over of the chase, Ireland launched a counterattack against the Indian spinners, hitting a 53* runs stand with the help of skipper Delany and opener Gaby Lewis. Rain interrupted the game just as they were getting aggressive, and the game never restarted.

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