ICC Women's T20 World Cup: India's road to the final
The Indian women's cricket team reached the final of the the ICC World T20. It's the team's maiden appearance in the summit battle of the coveted tournament. India won four matches on the trot and then saw the semi-final clash against England get washed out. Since India topped the group stage, that helped them progress at England's expense. Here's a look at India's journey.
India have maintained a 100% record
Team India had topped Group A with four victories in as many matches. After overcoming defending champions Australia in the tournament opener, India registered impressive wins against Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to enter the semi-finals. There was no reserve day in case of the match getting washed out. India will now face Australia in the final to be held on Sunday.
India overcame Australia in the opener
In the tournament opener, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma added a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket against Australia Women. Deepti's innings helped India post 132. Australia saw Alyssa Healy (51) take command. The opening batswoman smashed six fours and a six. However, Australia kept losing wickets at the other end. Poonam Yadav (4/19) was terrific after claiming four scalps and that hurt Australia.
India beat Bangladesh by 18 runs
India registered a comfortable victory over Bangladesh for their second match of the tournament. Poonam Yadav, once again was the chief architect for India. She spun a web around the opposition batters as she finished with three scalps while Shikha Pandey chipped in with two wickets to help India beat Bangladesh by 18 runs.
India overcome White Ferns challenge
The Indian bowlers continued tormenting the opposition as they beat New Zealand in a thrilling contest to cement a semi-final berth. This was their third straight win in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup. After a batting collapse, India managed to amass just 133 on the scoreboard in 20 overs, however, their spinners once again rose to the occasion to defend the total.
India over Lanka to maintain record
Team India saw Shafali Verma shine yet again with a blistering 34-ball 47 after spinner Radha Yadav's career-best 4/23 helped the side zoom tto a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. Verma smashed seven fours and a six in her brisk knock as India completed the chase of 114 with 32 balls to spare and enter the semis.