India blew away Barbados on Wednesday thanks to the devastating bowling of Renuka Singh Thakur and the aggressive batting of Shefali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues. At the same time, Harmanpreet Kaur’s team reached the last four of Commonwealth Games cricket.
Details of the match
Batting first, India made 162 for four wickets. After that, Indian pacer Renuka blew away all the resistance of Barbados in the power play. The Barbados batting collapsed in front of her swing. She picked up four wickets with ten runs in the power play. With this, Renuka took four wickets in the power play for the second time in the current competition. First, she took it against Australia. Barbados could not get back into the fight. They made 62 for 8 in twenty overs. The Indian women’s cricket team secured the semi-final by winning by 100 runs.
Shefali and Jemimah lifted the Indian innings on a day when Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur failed. Under the influence of these two batters, the Indian women’s team scored 162 in twenty overs against Barbados.
West Indies captain Hayley Mathews won the toss and took the field. India lost the wicket of Smriti (5) early on. After that, other openers Shefali and Jemimah continued to pull the team. Shefali was run out for 43 off just 26 balls. Harmanpreet, who dropped to number 4, went back with the first ball.
Jemimah responded at that time. In the end, she got Deepti Sharma by her side. A blistering half-century comes from Jemima’s bat. She remains unbeaten with 56 runs off 46 balls. Hit six fours, one six. Deepti remained unbeaten with 34 runs off 28 balls. Harmanpreet’s team lost dramatically to Australia in the first match of the Commonwealth Games. They came back to the fight by defeating Pakistan in the next match. And by defeating Barbados, the semi-final was confirmed. Now let’s see if India can win
Sindhu’s aim is now gold
On the other hand, in the Commonwealth Games Badminton Mixed category, India lost one-three to Malaysia in the final and bagged silver. Barring PV Sindhu, last year’s gold-winning Indian players all lost in Birmingham on Tuesday. Sindhu, the owner of two Olympic medals, said that this time she will fully focus on her category.
Speaking to an Indian media outlet after the final, Sindhu said, “I managed to give the team a point. But unfortunately, our men’s singles and women’s doubles teams did not succeed. But they all tried their best. In any match, one wins. One loses. What more can be done? We had to be satisfied with the silver medal because this day was not ours.” “Now I have to take some rest and jump into the fight in the individual category. That’s what I have to focus on now,” she added.
The Indian star said gold in women’s singles is her target in Birmingham. In last year’s final, she lost to Saina Nehwal and won the silver.