Indian Women’s Cricket Team suffered a heart-wrenching defeat in the Semi Final against Australia. The Women in Blue lost the match by a mere 5 runs. India’s vice-captain Smriti Mandhana got out cheaply as the left-handed batter scored 2 runs in 5 balls. Smriti Mandhana should have laid the foundation as India didn’t have a formidable lower middle order.
The Women in Blue would rue the fact that they couldn’t chase 43 runs in 6 overs with 6 wickets in hand. Skipper Harmanpreet played a brilliant knock of 52 runs in 34 balls where she struck 6 fours & 1 six but her run out proved to be quite decisive. There are questions raised about Harmanpreet Kaur’s captaincy after yet another defeat in the Women’s T20 WC (*2018 T20 WC, 2020 T20 WC & 2023 T20 WC)
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Anjum Chopra on Smriti Mandhana
Anjum Chopra was speaking on her YouTube channel and took a dig at the vice-captain Smriti Mandhana.
“Ashleigh Gardner has dismissed Smriti Mandhana four times in T20Is – the fourth instance being the semi-final. If you succumb to a bowler so often, then how can the team have hopes from you?.” said Anjum Chopra.
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Anjum Chopra on Shafali Verma & Smriti Mandhana
Anjum Chopra criticized the openers Shafali Verma & Smriti Mandhana for not performing in crunch match.
“Shafali Verma also fell due to a misjudgment. It was umpire’s call on lbw, but she should have known that Megan Schutt would have bowled two balls outside, but would bring the third one in. Schutt has troubled Shafali in the past as well, but I couldn’t see any homework on the ground.” said Anjum Chopra.
“173 was a target India could have chased because they have chased down 180 against Australia in the past. Whenever Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana give India a good start, the team performs in a different manner. But India did not get that desired start.” she added.
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