England Women vs India Women - Highlights & Stats

England Women vs India Women - Highlights & Stats

England Women vs India Women - Highlights & Stats

Mithali Raj's exclusion from the Indian squad in the semi-final of Women's World T20 against England shocked one and all and now her manager Annisha Gupta has directed harsh words at India captain Harmanpreet Kaur.

However, it turned out to be anything but that as India were bundled out for a mere 112 runs and England easily chased it down to win the match by eight wickets and set up a final against Australia. But seeing the weariness of a one-match old pitch, and perhaps sensing possible frailties among the inexperienced Indian batters, the skipper decided this was going to be her day.

After the defeat, Harmanpreet explaining her decision said, "We were going with a winning combination". Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but no regrets.

Indian women's team captain Harmanpreet Kaur said, "This is an exciting tournament that teams get to play. And that is the reason we just wanted to go with the same combination".

Harmanpreet said the game could have been different if India finished with 30 runs more.

"She (Mithali) opens. We need someone after Smriti (Mandhana) and me who can bat for us". This is a learning process for us because we are a young team.

Hailing World No.2 England's approach in the semi-final, the India skipper said: "Sometimes you have to change your game according to the wicket". The Women in Blue couldn't even bat the full quota of overs and it wasn't really a total that would challenge Heather Knight and her team.

"I think the way T20 format is now evolving and is used to globalise the game, it is extremely popular around the world, the status of the event is elevated over the years".

She did admit that mental strength in big games is an issue for the side and more games will only make things better. "If we can work on how to play under pressure, that will change how we play these games", she added.

England captain Heather Knight said that she was anxious during Powerplay overs when Smriti Mandhana had gone on the offensive but lauded her spinner Kirstie Gordon and Sophie Ecclestone for bringing them back in the game. Kirstie has been outstanding on her first tour.

Knight said that she wasn't concerned about the form of her top players like Tammy Beaumont and Dani Wyatt because conditions for batting was challenging in St Lucia.

The right-handed pair came all guns blazing, with Amy taking the attack to the opposition with her aggressive stroke play before Natalie matched her shot for shot to first bring up their respective fifties, and take England to their fourth World Cup final with 17 balls to spare.

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