Catches dropped, sloppy fielding and bowling. That was the sorry tale of India’s performance in Thursday’s T20 World Cup semifinal match with Australia in Cape Town. Ultimately, the blunders prevented them from reaching the championship final.
Despite an outstanding middle-order performance that brought the game down to the final few deliveries, the first-innings total of 172/4 proved to be out of their grasp.
The strange run-out of India’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur with her bat caught in the ground as she attempted to run it in may have been the turning point in the game.
In the Powerplay, India was the first team to be down and out after three wickets. Then Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur launched a counterattack to shift the momentum in their favour. Jemimah Rodrigues stumbled, but Kaur and Richa Ghosh kept going!
When India was down to about 40 in 34, Kaur, unfortunately, got run out. The Australian bowlers then maintained their composure and made sure they were the ones to win.
Source: ICC Cricket