India Women’s Squad for the ODI & T-20 Series against South Africa 2021-

The selection committee announced the squads for India Women’s upcoming ODI and T20I series against South Africa Women starting on March 7 at Lucknow. Continue reading “India Women’s Squad for the ODI & T-20 Series against South Africa 2021-“

Five Talking points from India Women vs Australia Women T-20 World Cup Final 2020

Australia women’s cricket team continued their dominance by registering an emphatic 85-run win over India to clinch the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for a record fifth time in their history on Sunday.

India had entered the final after a semifinal wash out against England in Sydney, but crumbled under pressure against the hosts in front of a record 86,174 strong crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Here are our talking points from today’s game.

1. Dropped catches cost India dear.

Alyssa Healy was on 9 when she was given a reprieve by Shafali Verma in the very first over of the game. The opener took full advantage as she went on to score the fastest half-century in an ICC final, smashing 75 off just 39 balls. Her innings comprised of seven fours and five sixes, and by the time she was done, India’s shoulders had visibly drooped.

Healy’s partner Beth Mooney was also dropped early in her innings, with spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad guilty on that occasion. Mooney’s composed innings of 78 took Australia to 184 and ensured she walked away with the Player of the Series award.

2. Rare failure for Shafali Verma.

The teenager has been instrumental in India’s road to the final, but suffered a rare failure here, dismissed for just 2. For many Indian viewers it was a sense of deja vu- this felt very much like Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal in the first over of the 2003 World Cup final by Glenn McGrath. Continue reading “Five Talking points from India Women vs Australia Women T-20 World Cup Final 2020”

Talking Points & Analysis- India Women vs Australia Women T20 World Cup 2020 13432 Attendance

Leg spinner Poonam Yadav produced a match winning spell in her comeback fixture as India Women stunned defending champions Australia by 17 runs in the opening game of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Sydney on Friday.

Here are our talking points from the match that was played in front of a 13,432 record crowd.

Shafali Verma plays crucial innings at the top: After being put in by Australian skipper Meg Lanning, it was imperative that India started well, and they managed it thanks to Verma’s breezy innings at the top. The Rohtak teenager hit a quickfire 29 off 15, and had more hits to the fence (5 fours, 1 six) than the rest of the Indian batters put together.

Verma effectively hit 29 off two and a half overs- India themselves managed only 17 off the final three despite having six wickets in hand. It was a vital innings in the context of things on a slow, sluggish wicket.

India slow at the end: As mentioned above, India got only 17 runs off the final three overs of the game. They appear to depend too much on their top four for power hitting and acceleration- 17 in the final three with six wickets in hand is almost unheard of in this age of T20 cricket, even on a slow wicket. It didn’t cost them here, but could well hurt them later on in the tournament. Continue reading “Talking Points & Analysis- India Women vs Australia Women T20 World Cup 2020 13432 Attendance”

India Women vs England Women Mumbai Second ODI Match Report-2019

Smriti Mandhana scored a brilliant 63, as India women comfortably defeated England Women by seven wickets in the second one day international at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. Continue reading “India Women vs England Women Mumbai Second ODI Match Report-2019”

India Women vs New Zealand Women Auckland 2nd T-20 Match Report-2019

Suzie Bates scored a brilliant 62 as New Zealand Women won a last ball thriller to seal the T20 series against India at Auckland on Friday. Continue reading “India Women vs New Zealand Women Auckland 2nd T-20 Match Report-2019”