October 3, 2023

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ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2023: Cape of dangerous hope for India

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Maybe, it’s all written within the stars.

Otherwise, Jemimah Rodrigues, enjoying one of the vital elegant innings one might hope to observe within the 20-over format, wouldn’t feather behind a brief ball — excessive sufficient to be a large — trying a ramp shot only one supply after enjoying a stunning cowl drive.

Otherwise, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, contemporary from spending time at hospital attributable to sickness however main from the entrance with a typical half-century, wouldn’t have been run out going for a routine second run as her bat received caught within the pitch.

Otherwise, with the sport on the road, the umpire would have referred to as a large within the penultimate over of the match when Jess Jonassen bowled properly down the legside as Sneh Rana made room to hit it behind the sq.. India wanted 18 off 10 balls at that stage.

On the opposite hand, as Harmanpreet (hiding her tears behind sun shades) and her teammates attempt to come to phrases with the 5-run defeat within the ICC T20 World Cup semifinal in opposition to two-time defending champions Australia, in a match that gave the impression to be of their grasp for lengthy intervals through the chase, they may have a look at the extra routine and mundane particulars of the competition, boringly termed ‘one-percenters’.

Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur reacts after India’s lose to Australia within the semifinal of the T20 World Cup 2023. (T20 World Cup/Twitter)

As one other main ICC event passes by with India failing to make the transition from contenders to champions, they may begin with analysing the shoddy fielding and defensive strategy after Meg Lanning’s aspect opted to bat first. In distinction, when push got here to shove, the Aussies dived round close to the boundary, saving each run they may, and held on to each likelihood that got here their manner. India appeared to spill even sitters and let the ball via on quite a few events.

And they may do properly to search out the explanation behind solely a few gamers (Harmanpreet and Jemimah) coming to the get together with the bat. Once these two had been again within the dugout, the Australians had a stranglehold on proceedings which they didn’t let go of, regardless of an odd boundary right here or there.

This all-round energy, fed by high-quality competitors within the Women’s Big Bash League again house, expertise of enjoying collectively for a very long time and figuring out one another’s function, is the explanation behind the Aussie juggernaut. They have batting firepower proper via their line-up and Lanning might name upon seven bowlers at her disposal to show the tide in her workforce’s favour. India would hope the upcoming Women’s Premier League would result in such energy in depth and improves their psychological toughness within the not-so-distant future.

Not used to dropping

It’s not for nothing that this Australian workforce has been the touchstone of excellence within the ladies’s sport for a very long time. They could not have the perfect day in all sides of the sport – Thursday’s sport at Cape Town is an instance – however their skill to scrap and combat, and refusal to concede defeat is what makes them particular.

Australia celebrates the autumn of wicket of India’s Yastika Bhatia through the Women’s T20 World Cup semi remaining. (AP Photo)

Chasing 173 for victory, India at one stage wanted 76 off 59 balls with seven wickets in hand and Jemimah and Harmanpreet leaving the Australians brief on solutions. But the champion outfit that the workforce from the Antipodes is, one felt they solely wanted one crack within the door to barge in.

And so it turned out. Richa Ghosh has been a revelation within the event and carried out the function of the finisher to perfection within the group video games, however the massive match in opposition to the perfect opposition was a step too excessive for the teenager. Once she was dismissed, it was an uphill process for the likes of Deepti Sharma, Rana and the remaining as India completed at 167/8.

But whereas it lasted, the 69-run partnership between Jemimah and Harmanpreet, off simply 40 balls after India had been diminished to twenty-eight/3, was intoxicating. Jemimah’s inside-out lofted drives and pulls, and the skipper’s sweeps and clean bat-swing for a six over long-on had been a pleasure to behold. The Mumbai teenager was earlier one of many few saving graces within the area and the everlasting smile on her face, vivacious persona and plain expertise make her one of many gamers round which a workforce of the longer term will be constructed.

Earlier, the distinction in manner and strategy in the beginning of the competition informed its personal story. The Aussies appeared comfy within the knockout ambiance, virtually having fun with having the quantity on their backs, whereas the Indians appeared struck by nervousness about what the holders might do to them. Or else, the usually dependable Deepti, referred to as as much as bowl the second over itself, wouldn’t repeatedly bowl brief and extensive, as if the ball received caught in her hand.

Taking down the chief

Maybe, the Indian fears weren’t unfounded. Renuka Thakur had been the chief of the Indian assault within the event – highlighted by the five-wicket haul in opposition to England, no much less – however the method during which Alyssa Healy charged down the pitch to her on the primary ball of the third over to hit her over mid-off, confirmed that India had been up in opposition to a completely completely different beast within the semifinal.

Fifties by Lanning and Beth Mooney, and an enterprising cameo by Player of the Match Ashleigh Gardner (31 off 18 balls and a pair of/37 off 4 overs, together with the very important wicket of Smriti Mandhana) ensured a complete that proved nearly past India’s attain.

Renuka could have some dangerous reminiscences after the sport as the 2 sixes off full tosses she conceded on the primary and final balls of the twentieth over to Lanning. The 18 runs she conceded in these six balls could, within the remaining reckoning, have been the very important distinction. After all, India had been forward – so far as runs had been involved – going into the ultimate over of the sport.

Brief scores: Australia 172/4 in 20 overs (Mooney 54, Lanning 49 n.o, Pandey 2/32) bt India 167/8 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet 52, Rodrigues 43, Brown 2/18) by 5 runs