India Vs Ireland Women World T20 2018 match highlights:-
- India won by 52 runs
- They restricted Ireland to 93-8 after having made 145-6 batting first
- With the win, India progressed to the semi-final of the tournament along with Australia from group B
- Ireland exited the group with 0 wins along with New Zealand and Pakistan
The Indian women cricketers were once again at their glistening best as they trounced Ireland comfortably in their last Group B encounter of the India Vs Ireland Women World T20 2018 in Guyana. Building on their momentum, India made it three wins on the bounce with a 52 run victory against a dismal Ireland side who exited the tournament with 0 wins from three games. With the win, the Indian women cemented their side into the semi-finals of the marquee event along with Australia.
Having set the tournament alight with their blazing displays, India looked to continue the merry for them with another glamorous display against an Ireland side that was in desperate need of a win to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. Batting first, India got off to a great start with openers Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj putting a half-century stand for the first wicket. 51 by Raj and 33 from Mandhana’s bat gave the Indian side just the impetus they needed to register a competitive total on a slow wicket, where scoring runs were tougher than it looked.
The opening contributions were a lifesaver for the Indians who saw a mid-order collapse put the brakes on an innings that looked set to pile on the runs. Collapsing from a position of 109-2 after 15 overs, to 145-6 from the allotted 20 overs, India went into the halfway mark knowing that despite the late slump they had more than enough runs to defend on a wicket that was offering more than its fair share for the spinners.
It wasn’t straightforward for the Indians though with Claire Shillington and Isobel Joyce playing out stellar innings to keep the Irish in the chase. Looking to mount on a real challenge, Shillington’s 23 and Joyce’s 33 kept the Indians on the edge of their seats before spinner Poonam Yadav struck twice to clean the duo and give India the upper hand in the game.
From there on it was all India with the spinners putting in a controlled performance. Bowling pretty well to stifle Ireland’s cause, Radha Yadav with three wickets and Poonam Yadav with 2 started unravelling their opponents’ chase. It was at 70-2 that Ireland’s innings started falling apart as they looked to up the ante with the accelerator meter stepping up with each passing over.
With the win but a formality for India, three wickets off the last three balls of the 19th saw India march onto the semi-finals with 6 points from three games. The winner of India Vs Australia will decide the winner of the group. Elsewhere, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland, all bid adieu to the tournament.
In the last match of the group, New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by 54 runs to end the group on third place. Pakistan came in fourth and Ireland ended their 2018 World T20 in the last place.
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: “I am happy we qualified but there are still a lot of areas we have to improve. We have to be aggressive in the field and in batting we need to improve. Today we didn’t bat according to our plans. If you want to win against Australia you have to be aggressive, both in batting and bowling.”
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