Women’s T20 World Cup : In a highly anticipated match on February 15, 2023, India’s Women’s T20 team continued their winning streak in the World Cup 2023. This time, they faced off against West Indies in Cape Town and secured a victory by six wickets, keeping their dream of taking home the coveted title alive.
West Indies Won the Toss and Batted First ( Women’s T20 World Cup )
West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first. While India’s bowling performance was not at their absolute best, they still managed to limit the Windies to a modest score of 118/6.
Harmanpreet Kaur and her teammates took to the pitch to chase down the target. The match, which was held at the beautiful Newlands cricket ground, had a great turnout of spectators.
Shafali Verma Led the Way ( Women’s T20 World Cup )
The top order of the Indian batting lineup did not perform as well as they would have liked. However, young opener Shafali Verma managed to steady the innings with a calm and measured knock of 33 off 35 balls.
Verma’s innings was not rapid by any stretch of the imagination, but it was just what India needed amidst a top three that failed to deliver the goods. She hit five fours before being caught in the deep while attempting a slog-sweep.
Smriti Mandhana Fails to Impress ( Women’s T20 World Cup )
In contrast, Smriti Mandhana’s return to the team did not go as planned. She attempted to dance down the track and was caught short of her ground. This manner of dismissal is becoming unbecoming of a player of her caliber. She will undoubtedly be eager to return to form in India’s next game of the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023.
Jemimah Rodrigues also had a disappointing outing, managing to score only one run. She attempted an ill-advised slap across the line and walked back in the fifth over, leaving the middle order with a lot of work to do.
Devika Vaidya’s Unusual Role ( Women’s T20 World Cup )
Playing instead of Harleen Deol, Devika Vaidya had an unusual role with the ball as she even bowled an over at the death. Her two overs cost 16 runs, well over the innings run rate, and she faced only one ball in the chase.
Harmanpreet Kaur Struggles ( Women’s T20 World Cup )
India’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur also struggled to get going, laboring to 33 off 42 balls and striking only three fours in her innings. The Indian skipper found a fielder in the deep with the target being only four runs away. Her captaincy was also distinctly sub-par.
Deepti Sharma Shines ( Women’s T20 World Cup )
Deepti Sharma was the Player of the Match against West Indies. After a disappointing outing with the ball against Pakistan, she came into her own in the second game. Bowling in the post-powerplay phase, the off-spinner picked up three wickets to break the opposition’s back, while also conceding just 15 runs in her four overs.
Richa Ghosh Plays a Pivotal Role ( Women’s T20 World Cup )
Richa Ghosh was superb once again as she exerted a calm influence on India’s chase. She came to the crease with the side in a precarious position but displayed exemplary poise during another match-winning effort. The youngster managed to stay unbeaten on 44 off 32 balls.
Vastrakar and Renuka Share the Wickets ( Women’s T20 World Cup )
Pacer Pooja Vastrakar scalped the all-important wicket of Hayley Matthews in the second over of the match, putting the Women in Blue in the ascendancy. She ended up with decent figures of 1/21 in her four.