India will now take on Australia or New Zealand in the final for the gold medal match on Sunday while England will now enter the bronze medal match on the same day.
Like India, England were 113-3 in 14 overs, needing 48 runs in the last 30 balls. Amy Jones scored 15 runs in the 16th over by hitting two fours in Shafali Verma’s part-time off-spin. Deepti Sharma’s hard three-run over brought India back into the match.
With 30 needed for 18, captain Nat Sciver called for a risky single and Amy Jones was run out short of the crease by a throw from Radha Yadav at the non-striker’s end. Despite the net not performing at its best, Pooja Vastrakar’s ball was hit for a six and it was done by a leg bye.
But on the very next ball, she was out of the crease with a flat throw at deep mid-wicket by Smriti Mandhana. Despite having three fielders in the deep as they were slow on the over rate, Sneh Rana defended 14 in the final over, including the dismissal of Katherine Brunt, to give India their first medal in women’s cricket at the Commonwealth Games. Got assurance.
Brief scores: India 164-5 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 61, Jemima Rodrigues 44 not out; Freya Kemp 2-23, Nat Sciver 1-26) beat England 160-6 in 20 overs (Nat Sciver 41, Danny Wyatt 35; Sneh Rana 2-28, Deepti Sharma 1-16) by four runs
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