The second semi-final for the 2018 Women’s World T20 saw India take on England, a replay of the Women’s ODI World Cup, which England won in 2017. Just like the first semi-final, this match had plenty of hype about it and was set up to be an enthralling game of cricket.
Yet again though, just like the previous semi-final, this game was one-sided and was won convincingly by England, who were smart and bowled well on the Antigua pitch.
This whole game really was the Heather Knight, Amy Jones and Natalie Sciver show, with Knight dominating the first half of the match when India decided to bat first after winning the toss.
At 2/89, the Indians were looking like they were in cruise control, with their top four making double figures. Smriti Mandhana top scored, with 34 from 23, but when Jemimah Rodrigues was run out for 26, from as many deliveries, the game was flipped on its head as India collapsed to 112 all out. That collapse saw them lose eight wickets while scoring just 23 runs.
Doing the damage for England to India’s batting line-up was Knight who took 3/9 off just two overs and Kirstie Gordon with 2/20 off four overs.
It was then time for India to see what they could do with the ball on the bowler-friendly deck, but England, in particular, Jones and Sciver, had other plans.
After being 1/4 when Tammy Beaumont was out, then 2/24 as Danielle Wyatt departed for just eight from 15, India was in the game. Radha Yadav stood out with the ball, taking 1/20 off her four overs. However, Jones and Sciver were determined to see the job done for their side as they put on an unbroken partnership of 92 runs to see their side over the line by eight wickets and 17 balls remaining.
Both scored half-centuries of pure quality, as Jones top-scored for the match with a well-measured 53 not out from 47. Sciver was the more aggressive of the two, hitting 52 not out from 38 deliveries, including five boundaries as the two led their side through to the Women’s World T20 final against Australia.
A disappointing end to the tournament for India, the in-form team up to this point, but playing an experienced England side in this particular situation was also going to be a good battle.
India 112 all out (Smriti Mandhana 34, Heather Knight 3/9) defeated by England 2/116 (Amy Jones 53 not out, Natalie Sciver 52 not out, Radha Yadav 1/20).