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Indian spinners rise to the occasion; help in sealing a semifinal berth in Women’s T20 WC

India beat Ireland by 52 runs to enter the semifinals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup at Providence in Guyana. Posting their third win in as many matches, India with six points were assured of a last-four spot.

With Ireland winning the toss and electing to field first, India had a chance to score a big total. But the damp condition on the pitch due to overnight shower did not allow the Indians to go past 150. India’s highest T20 run scorer, Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana opened the innings. Though Mandhana had a good game with a 29-ball 33, Raj was a bit off-colour on the day. Not being in her usual form, she scored 51 runs in 56 balls on the slow track. India ended the innings at 145 for 6.

In reply, Ireland’s chase never get going and they could manage only 93 for 8 in 20 overs. Indian spinner Radha Yadav was the most successful bowler claiming 3 wickets for 25 runs. Deepti Sharma claimed 2 wickets while Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur shared 1 wicket each.



About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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