Commonwealth Games: England’s chances of winning the gold medal in cricket at the Commonwealth Games are ended after losing to India by four runs in a thrilling semifinal match at Edgbaston thanks to Smriti Mandhana’s heroics.
Freya Kemp (2-22), the only England bowler to claim multiple wickets, helped India post 164-5 from their allotted 20 overs thanks to Mandhana’s 61 runs from just 32 balls.
When captain Nat Sciver (41) and wicketkeeper Amy Jones (31) added 54 runs for the fourth wicket, England appeared to be in command. However, Jones was run out in the 17th over and Sciver was run out in the 18th.
After that, Sneh Rana (2-28) bowled a tight final over and dismissed Katherine Brunt to advance India to face Australia in the gold medal game.
England will compete against the loser for the bronze medal after Australia defeated New Zealand in the second semifinal.
India got off to a fast start in their innings and had reached a score of 64-0 at the conclusion of the powerplay when Kemp made the crucial dismissal of Shafali Verma. After the opener scooped a ball to short fine leg, Sciver then terminated Mandhana’s outstanding knock.
Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain, and Deepti Sharma each contributed with 20 and 22, respectively, but Jemimah Rodrigues put the icing on the cake with an unbeaten 44 from 31 balls to record an alarming total.
Sophia Dunkley, who had two of her first three balls go for four, gave England a purposeful start before being caught the next over for 19.
Even though Danni Wyatt continued to hit boundaries, England lost two wickets in quick succession when Alice Capsey was run out and Wyatt was bowled by Rana. With six overs remaining, England was at 113-3, precisely the same score as India, but the hosts kept losing wickets and needed 14 off the final over.
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