Following Team India’s five-run loss to Australia in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, former India cricketer VVS Laxman called Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s run out a ‘Turning point’ of the game. Australia put up 172/4 in their 20 overs after electing to bat first. Beth Mooney scored a fine half-century, 54 off 37 balls. Skipper Meg Lanning (49*) and Ashleigh Gardner (31*) played fine knocks to support Mooney. Shikha Pandey was the pick of the bowlers for India, taking 2/32 in four overs. Chasing 173, India was reduced to 28/3. A 69-run stand between Jemimah Rodrigues (43) and Harmanpreet helped swing momentum in favour of India. Harmanpreet scored a fine fifty. However, Australia held their nerves to deny India a place in the final. Gardner and Darcie Brown picked up two wickets for Aussies. Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt took a wicket each. Gardner clinched ‘Player of the Match’ award for her all-round show.
Today: December 9, 2023