With a solid team-work conduct, England on Friday stormed into the final of ICC Women’s World T20 with a comfortable eight-wicket win over India in the second semifinal. The English women showed their all-round tactics with bat and ball to reach a low target of 113 runs in Antigua.
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and the team started off well with the bat. They were steadily batting at 89 for two wickets. After Jemimah Rodrigues’ run-out, the rest of the batting lineup fell victims to English women’s brilliant bowling skills.
Indian batswomen couldn’t hold a candle in the wind of fiery bowlers and they were bundled out at a paltry 112 with 3 more balls to bowl. England captain Heather Knight was the most successful bowler of the match after clinching 3 wickets with an economy rate of 4.5.
Targeting a low 113, England started with sloppy batting, responding to India’s all-spin attack. They lost two early wickets on Antigua’s slow pitch. However, a gritty second-wicket partnership of 92-run unbeaten pose between Amy Ellen Jones (53) and Natalie Sciver (52) guided the team to the final by collecting comfortable runs through mid-wicket region.
England would need an uphill task against the three-time champions Australia in the Saturday final. The kangaroos ousted the former champion West Indies by 71 runs in the first semifinal.