Just the performance India needed before the big semifinal. Radha Yadav led the way with 4/23 - her best in T20Is. Then it was young Shafali Verma who once again entertained with a quickfire 47. She could have got her maiden T20 World Cup fifty but hurried too much to get run out. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who came up the order had a bit of knocking before she also departed. In the end Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma took India over the line in 14.4 overs. With this win, India remain atop group A with four wins from as many matches.
And that's it for the day. This is me, Kaushiik Paul, signing off. Good bye!
Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu: I think that score was not enough to defend. 125 would have been good score. We missed too many chances. Shafali is a very good batter. Yes, I got good start but unfortunately lost quick wickets. I had to stay there but I too got out. Hope that we can beat Bangladesh.
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: Yes, it's very important to win. You work really hard for that and can't lose the momentum. Definitely they understood the wicket very well. Hopefully, that should happen in the semis and finals and hopefully in the upcoming games I will try to give my best. She (Shafali) is someone who loves to play big shots. Cricket is all about enjoying and if she enjoys there nothing better than that.
Player of the Match Radha Yadav: I was just thinking to bowl stump to stump and keeping it simple. As a bowling unit, we did really well. Poonam is a legend (laughs).
India 116/3 in 14.4 overs.
And that's it. India record four wins in four matches. Beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets to go into the semifinals unbeaten. Third consecutive loss for Sri Lanka.
India 104/3 in 13 overs, need 10 runs
100 up for India with a brilliant drive down the off-side from Jemimah Rodrigues off Shashikala Siriwardene. Just a matter of time India romps home with cent percent winning record in the group stages.
India 88/3 in 10.4 overs, need 26 runs
Third-time unlucky. Shafali Verma departs just three runs short of her maiden T20 World Cup fifty as she falls short of the crease. Earlier in the tournament Shafali had two 40-plus scores.
India 81/2 in 9.4 overs, need 33 runs
Shashikala Siriwardene gets the wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur for 15. Harman dances down the crease and goes for a big one over long-on, only to find Karunaratne just short of the boundary line.
India 49/1 in 6 overs, need 65 runs
Shafali Verma takes on Shashikala Siriwardene taking a huge 15 runs to end the power play on a great note. Complete beauty from the 16-year-old from Haryana at the international stage.
India 34/1 in 4.4 overs, need 80 runs
Udeshika Prabodhani strikes for Sri Lanka as Smriti Mandhana departs for 17. The Lankan seamer bowls a slower one but Mandhana ends up dragging across the line and ends up holing to Kavisha Dilhari at mid-on. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur comes up the order.
India 16/0 in 2 overs, need 98 runs
Complete confusion by the Sri Lankans. Shafali Verma dropped at covers. Huge drop! The Indian opener tries to flick the Shashikala Siriwardene delivery towards the leg-side but gets a leading edge only for Kavisha Dilhari to spill the chance. A fielder raises her hand to take the catch but that kind of distracts Dilhari to spill the sitter. She then hits a couple of boundaries in the last two balls of the over to make good for India.
India 6/0 in 1 over, need 108 runs
A boundary from Shafali Verma to start off the chase against Sri Lanka.
Veda Krishnamurthy: Well, I thought it gonna fall short as the ball went too high. I knew where the boundary was, had to balance a bit, pretty much nailed it. I think its right on top, we have been fielding really well. As a team, we are doing good. I think we are pretty satisfied with our fielding. The bowlers are doing a wonderful job. We will be happy if the top order makes it. The wicket is really nice to bat on and I just hope the top order does it today.
Sri Lanka 113/9 in 20 overs
A wicket and nine runs from in the last over from Shikha Pandey as Sri Lanka fall seven runs short of Chamari Atapattu's predicted 120-run mark.
Sri Lanka 104/8 in 19 overs
Brilliant running catch from Harmanpreet Kaur. Poonam Yadav finally gets a wicket as Nilakshi de Silva departs. De Silva swings the bat but gets the height only for the Indian skipper to run backwards and take the catch. It's always difficult when you run backwards but Harmanpreet keeps her eye on the ball to pouch it safely.
Sri Lanka 80/7 in 15.2 overs
Radha Yadav takes her fourth wicket of the day dismissing Anushka Sanjeewani for just one. Yadav delivers a slower one, Sanjeewani misses the sweep and the ball hits her shoulder. Looks like the 120-run mark which Chamari Atapattu told during the toss is a far way to go.
Sri Lanka 78/6 in 14.4 overs
Another Sri Lankan wicket falls as Shashikala Siriwardene departs for 13, this time off Rajeshwari Gayakwad. She tries to take the long-on boundary but finds Veda Krishnamurthy again who takes a brilliant running catch.
Sri Lanka 75/5 in 13.4 overs
Hansima Karunaratne departs for 7. Coming down the ground, she tries to hit Radha Yadav out of the park but finds Veda Krishnamurthy at the long-on boundary who takes a well-balanced catch to pile more misery on the Sri Lankans.
Sri Lanka 73/4 in 13 overs.
Shashikala Siriwardene is beginning to get her eyes in. She has used her feet well against both Poonam Yadav as well as Rajeshwari Gayakwad, hitting them over their head for a boundary. She is on 10 from 7 balls.
Sri Lanka 58/4 in 10.3 overs.
Hasini Perera played as an opener in the last two games, but today as a middle-order batter, she couldn't make much impact. Radha Tadav tossed one up outside off from around the stumps. Perera looked to guide it to third man but ended up nicking it behind.
Sri Lanka 48/3 in 8.3 overs.
Chamari Atapattu lives by the sword, dies by it. She hit Radha Yadav for a six over deep mid-wicket on her second ball. The next one was a touch short. Atapattu looked to pull it over deep square leg but ended up finding Shikha Pandey there. 33 for the Sri Lankan skipper. Yadav extends her wicket-taking spree to 23 successive games, joint-most with Megan Schutt.
Sri Lanka 42/2 in 7.1 overs.
Excellent bit of bowling. Harshitha Madavi was struggling to get the balls away and get off strike, goes for 12 off 17. It was a tossed up ball by Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Madavi looked to work it around the corner for a single. But she missed it and the ball went between her legs to disturb the stumps. End of the 30-run stand.
Sri Lanka 35/1 in 6 overs.
Deepti Sharma bowled a tidy last over, giving away just three runs. Shikha Pandey has been the costly bowler in this phase, with Chamari Atapattu targeting her and hitting her for two fours. She is on 22 off 18.
Sri Lanka 12/1 in 2.1 overs.
Umesha Thimashini looked good in the last game, when she had come at no.3. Today she was promoted to open and tried to attack Deepti Sharma. But perished soon, slicing one in the air. Rajeshwari Gayakwad caught it safely at covers.
Sri Lanka 12/0 in 2 overs.
It was a disciplined start by Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey. They had kept it tight and given almost nothing away to the Lankans. But on the last ball of the second over, Chamari Atapattu smashed one over the bowler's head for a four.
Former Australian player Lisa Sthalekar says, "The sun is out and the crowd is building. The Australian hot summer and long summer has meant tired wickets. 130-135 will be a par score."
Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu: Truly we will play our natural game today. This is our third game before our last and wanna play good cricket. I think 120 is a good score on this wicket.
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: We are okay with both but a great opportunity for us to chase, we haven't done that yet. We are sticking with the same players as the last game. We are doing quite well, we don't want to try anything else.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and have decided to bat first. One change for Sri Lanka while India go unchanged.
India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
Hello and welcome everyone to the second Group A match of the day between India and Sri Lanka. India have already qualified for the semifinals courtesy their three wins from as many games. For Sri Lanka, they haven't been able to get any points from the two games they played. Will it change today?
Radha's four, Shafali's 47 too good for Sri Lanka; India end group stage unbeatenLeft was right with the ball at the Junction Oval for India as Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad made merry with the ball, picking up six wickets between them. Add Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma’s tally to the mix and the Indian spinners picked up eight of the nine Sri Lankan wickets to fall. The spinners’ feat meant that India, who already made it to the semis, trounced Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Saturday (March 1) in Melbourne, ending the league stage of the T20 World Cup 2020 undefeated. Chamari Atapattu was happy to bat first after winning the…
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