By: Shubham Ghosh
Australia posted a total of 172 for 4 in 20 overs after winning the toss and deciding to bat against India in the first semi-final of the Women’s T20 World Cup at Newlands in Cape Town on Thursday (23). Chasing the target, India were in trouble as they lost both their openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana with only 15 runs on board.
Alyssa Healy returned for to the Australian side after missing the previous match because of a quad strain.
Sneh Rana, who replaced Pooja Vastrakar who has an upper respiratory tract infection, came straight into the starting eleven for India.
“It looks a good wicket,” Australian captain Meg Lanning was quoted as saying by AFP.
“We want to get out there and have some fun.”
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur said she had recovered from an illness which threatened her participation.
“We have to do really well in all three departments,” she said.
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy (wkt), Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgie Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh (wkt), Deepti Sharma, Yastika Bhatia, Sneh Rana, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Renuka Thakur.