Indian women overcome English challenge; book CWG 2022 final date with Australia
It’s time for the grand finale at the 2022 Commonwealth Games as Team India will be vying for the zenith against the mighty Australians after a thrilling win against England in the semis. The only opposition that the Women in Blue have lost to has been Australia which came in the tournament opener.
However, going by the dynamics of the game, India had the game well under control only to let slip proceedings in the dying stages of the contest. Australia will be coming into this contest riding high on an undefeated momentum that they have racked up from the first day of the tournament.
Australia managed to have a fortuitous escape against India but soon roared to life with comprehensive wins against Barbados and Pakistan. Their continental neighbors New Zealand could do very little to scratch the surface in the semis as they cantered to a 5-wicket win with three balls to spare.
India probably played their best game against hosts England in the semis where Smriti Mandhana led the charge with a belligerent 61 while Jemimah Rodriguez’s unbeaten 44 propelled India to a fine 164. Having gotten off to a thunderous start in their run-chase, England looked well on their way to a win. However, with 33 needed off the last 4 overs, some tight bowling at the death between Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana gave India an astounding comeback win, sealing a place in the final.
The final is all set to start at 9:30 PM IST which will witness two cricketing mavens of the women’s canon, India and Australia, going toe-to-toe against each other in a battle for glory and gold.