India rode their spinners’ great show to beat Ireland with an agreeable 52-run edge and enter the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20 at the Providence Stadium here on Thursday.
In the wake of overseeing 145/6, the tweakers kept up tight chain on Irish ladies confining them to 93/8 of every 20 overs.
Civility their third win, India currently have six and are guaranteed of a last-four spot alongside Australia (6 from 3 amusements) with New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland effectively even before their crusade could authoritatively end.
The spinners Radha Yadav (3/25), Deepti Sharma (2/15), Poonam Yadav (1/14) and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (1/10 of every 4 overs) picked wickets at standard interims in spite of the fact that India’s batting execution left a ton to be wanted.
Ireland were never in the pursuit yielding upwards of 65 speck balls (about 11 overs).
When Deepti got the wicket of Gaby Lewis (9) with an off-break and Poonam’s leg-break saw the finish of Clare Shillington (23) puzzled by Taniya Bhatia, Ireland had no possibility at all.
Prior, previous captain Mithali Raj by and by acted the hero with a familiar 50 years to help the ladies in-blue post a worse than average 145/6.
Mithali, who top-scored with a 56-ball 51, bound with 4 fours and a six, did not locate a steady accomplice at the opposite end, on account of some easygoing batting from her partners and flawless playing from the Irish ladies.
All the while, the veteran right-hander additionally made another record of being the most astounding run-getter for India in T20Is with 2283 runs. Rohit Sharma (2207 runs) is the second in the rundown, trailed by men’s group captain Virat Kohli.
Put in to bat, India got off to a consistent 67-run begin from Mithali and Smriti Mandhana (33 off 29 balls; 4X4, 6X1) before the southpaw by and by withdrew in the wake of getting a tolerable begin.
The youthful Jemimah Rodrigues (18 off 11; 4X3) got off to an energetic begin and immediately included 40 keeps running for the second wicket with Mithali before being baffled off Irish chief Laura Delany’s playing.
From that point, the in-frame India captain Harmanpreet Kaur (7) and No.5 Veda Krishnamurthy (9) left with hardly a pause in between, leaving India reeling at 127/4.
Mithali, be that as it may, pursued a solitary fight raising her calm 50 years off 54 conveyances however died soon, got behind off Kim Garth.
Towards the end, Dayalan Hemalatha (4), Deepti Sharma (10 not out) and Radha Yadav (1 not out) neglected to quicken the scoring rate as India wound up with 145.
Brief Scores: India 145/6 (Mithali Raj 51, Smriti Mandhana 33; Kim Garth 2/22) beat Ireland 93/8 out of 20 overs (Isobel Joyce 33; Radha Yadav 3/25)