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No complacency: Although in semis, India clinically defeats Australia in Women’s T20 WC group match

Indian Women’s Cricket team remained undefeated in the group stage after beating Australia by 48 runs in the Women’s T20 World Cup at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur starred with the bat as the Indians racked up 167-8 batting first. Later they restricted Australia to 119-9 as wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy suffered concussion and could not bat. 

Indian skipper Kaur won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener Mandhana smashed her career-best 83 with 9 fours and 3 sixes in 55balls. Kaur made a responsible 27-ball 43 runs to guide India to 167. The Indian spinners then got into the act with Anuja Patil taking three wickets and Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav  and Deepti Sharma taking 2 wicket each.

For her strokeful innings, Mandhana was awarded as the Player of the Match. Reflecting on her innings, she said, “Quite relieved as I was getting starts but not converting them. Wanted to go out there and score big runs. Glad that I could do it today.”

With this win, India topped Group B after four straight wins. They will face either England or defending champion West Indies in the semi-finals.

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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