Indian women led by Harmanpreet Kaur booked a place in the gold medal match of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 after defeating England women in a thrilling encounter at Edgbaston.
Batting first, Kaur and co. were off to a flyer courtesy of a stunning 76-run opening partnership between Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma. The former looked in excellent touch, doing the bulk of the scoring.
She blazed away to a 32-ball 61 while Shafali was playing more sedately. However, the duo fell in a space of four balls, leaving two new batters at the crease. Fortunately, Jemimah Rodrigues played sensibly and with the help of cameos from Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharma, India put up 164 on the board.
In response, England blazed away to 58 in the 6-over powerplay. Danielle Wyatt looked in good touch but the hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals, with Sneh Rana doing the damage.
A 54-run partnership for the 4th wicket between Amy Jones and Natalie Sciver brought them back on track. Unfortunately, Jones was run out at a crucial moment, leaving the skipper to do the work in the company of the others.
However, the 29-year-old Sciver couldn’t really put her foot on the pedal and played an uncharacteristic 43-ball 41, eventually being run out by Mandhana. 14 runs were needed off the final over but Rana held her nerve, helping India secure a berth in the final of the CWG 2022.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to India Women’s stunning win:
What a thriller to seal a berth in the 1st final of Women's Cricket at #CWG2022 👏
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) August 6, 2022
Brilliant stuff from the Indian Girls. Maza aa gaya. Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma were brilliant in the last few overs and a spectacular win to beat England in the semifinals. Will be rooting for our girls in the finals tomorrow @BCCIWomen #IndvEng pic.twitter.com/XsjI78XF1u
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 6, 2022
Defeating England in England. What a win for India. Congratulations and all the best for the finals. Let’s bring the gold home. 👍 pic.twitter.com/FpsZdfvcj7
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) August 6, 2022
That was some finish! Congratulations @BCCIWomen for making it to the finals. Brilliantly played throughout 👏
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) August 6, 2022
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) August 6, 2022
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) August 6, 2022
India women in the 🥇 match👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) August 6, 2022
What a spectacular effort from the @BCCIWomen team to beat England and enter the finals of the Commonwealth Games. The temperament in the last few overs was outstanding. A medal assured and let's pray it's a Gold 🏅for our girls tomorrow. #IndvEng #CommonwealthGames2022 pic.twitter.com/0tdQ3XrnZK
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) August 6, 2022
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 6, 2022
— Raviraj Yadav (@Raviraj02922665) August 6, 2022
Many many congratulations. #TeamIndia #IndianCricketTeam #India4CWG2022 to the finals. India have broken the knockout jinx. Frustratingly close on three occasions in recent ICC tournaments and Kaur's girls have finally conquered that frontier. pic.twitter.com/TyeUdn4RKD
— Rana Ranjit (@RanaRan48895546) August 6, 2022
*This is the first time Women's cricket included in the Commonwealth Games and India will be playing for the "Gold Medal" on Sunday. Great day for Indian cricket.🇮🇳*me#India4CWG2022 #IndianCricketTeam #WomensCricket pic.twitter.com/qf9F3h1E2K
— cheeku_18 (@viratian_raj18) August 6, 2022
A Historic win for india. Beating mighty England team in their own soil is not a cup of tea for everyone. Proud moments for indian woman cricket team. Go for gold girls 🥇#cwg2022 #cwgcricket#indianwomancricketteam #IndianCricketTeam #indvseng #goForgold #proudmoment pic.twitter.com/ztxIJ3Ljt4
— Akash Saikia (@AkashSaikia2050) August 6, 2022
— Sukh__official (@Sukhbrar5414) August 6, 2022
Winning celebration picture by Indian team after sealing a medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022. #indvseng #deepti #CWG2022 #CWG22 #CommonwealthGames2022 #bcci #IndianCricketTeam pic.twitter.com/eY9NZJPuJ0
— cricket chronicles 🏏🏏 (@kartike48655021) August 6, 2022
— Ayush Singh Rajput (@singh_ayush999) August 6, 2022