India have qualified for the semifinals of the ongoing Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket Competition 2022 following a clinical victory over Barbados at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday. With the victory, India have joined Australia, England and New Zealand in the final four of the competition.
After being asked to bat first, the Women in Blue exhibited a brilliant batting display, courtesy of sensational knocks by Jemimah Rodrigues and Shafali Verma.
Rodrigues smashed an unbeaten 56 off 46 deliveries with the help of seven boundaries, including a six. Similarly, Shafali scored 43 off 26 balls, including eight boundaries. Apart from the duo, Deepti Sharma also made a handy contribution down the order with an unbeaten 34 off 28 deliveries to help India post 162/4 on the board in 20 overs.
In response, Barbados Women failed to get going at all and could only able to reach 62/8 in their assigned 20 overs, losing the contest by a massive margin of 100 runs. Renuka Singh was the chief destroyer, taking a four-wicket haul while conceding only 10 runs in her quota of 4 overs.
“Definitely, I’ve worked on my power game, but more than that, I’ve understood my game better. I’m not a power-hitter, I’m a placer. I can hit the singles and doubles well; I know how to manoeuvre the field. I think that is my strength. My game is not very flashy, but even without that, I end up with a good strike rate. That is what I realised I don’t have to be someone else; I have to be Jemimah Rodrigues to score. This is what has helped me,” said Rodrigues after the game.
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