‘Ab World Cup jeetna hai’ – Fans celebrate as India qualifies for semis of the Women’s 20-20 World Cup 2023 after beating Ireland

India needed to beat Ireland to ensure their semis qualification

India vs Ireland
India vs Ireland (Image Credit: Twitter)

India and Ireland locked horns in the Women’s 20-20 World Cup 2023 at St George’s Park, Gqeberha. The Women In Blue needed to win this game to qualify for the semis. On the other hand, the European side needed to win to avoid a winless campaign in the tournament. Meanwhile, in the game, the 2020 finalists won the toss and elected to bat first. 

The Asian side had a steady start as the likes of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Varma put together 62 runs for the first wicket. The former scored 87 runs in 56 balls including nine fours and three sixes. Apart from her, Jemimah Rodrigues scored 19 off 12 balls and these innings helped the team reach 155/6. In reply, the Irish team had a poor start as they lost the first wicket on the first ball of the innings.

In the same over, they lost another wicket. After scoring 54/2 in the 8.2 overs, the game was interrupted by the rain. However, the bad weather ensured that the game was stopped and the Indian team won by five runs by the DLS method. After the game, Mandhana was adjudged PLAYER OF THE MATCH.

This was one of my toughest innings: Smriti Mandhana

She said “The finger is fine. One of the most toughest innings I would have played. Not the wicket but the pace they were bowling and with the wind, it got worse. [Conversation with Shafali] We were telling each other to try and maintain our shape. I was batting bad and she was not timing it well. But we were trying to discuss that and there was a lot of wind and we needed to get used to the pace they were bowling. Good to post some runs and go into the semis. The England match wasn’t the way we wanted.”

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