India vs New Zealand ICC Women’s World T20: India continued its winning streak in the ICC Women T20 World Cup 2020 as it defeated New Zealand by 4 runs at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Thursday. Meanwhile, India has become the first team to qualify for the semifinal. New Zealand won the toss and invited India to bat first. India scored 133 runs losing 8 wickets, while New Zealand was restricted on 129-6.
Player of the match — Shafali Verma
Shafali Verma scored 46 runs off 34 deliveries including 4 boundaries and 3 sixes. She continued her consistency in the World Cup. In the first match against Australia, Shafali scored 29 runs off 15 balls, while she played an innings of 39 runs off 17 balls against Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, she has now the highest strike-rate in Women’s T20Is. Shafali has scored 438 runs in the T20 format at a strike rate of 147.97. She surpassed South Africa’s Chloe Tryon and Australia’s Alyssa Healy.
Misfiring captain Harmanpreet Kaur
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has not been able to cross the double-figure mark. In an opening match of the tournament against Australia, Kaur scored just 2 runs off 5 balls before getting stumped by Jonassen.
Against Bangladesh, Harmanpreet scored 8 runs off 11 deliveries with a single boundary. While batting against New Zealand, she scored just 1 run off 5 balls played before giving an easy catch into the hands of Leigh Kasperek.
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India’s bowling strength
The bowling department has been consistent in terms of pitching the ball on perfect line and length. The bowling line-up has been creating pressure and claiming wickets at the right time. Poonam Yadav has been phenomenal with the ball along with Shikha Pandey.
Though India has qualified for semi-finals, it still has few flaws especially a misfiring captain and the middle order. Hence the game against Sri Lanka will be an ideal opportunity to look after its flaws.