Medium pacer Renuka Singh ran via Barbados’ high order with a four-wicket haul as India beat their lowly opponents by 100 runs to qualify for the semifinals of the ladies’s T20 cricket on the Commonwealth Video games on Wednesday. Invited to bat, India posted a aggressive 162 for 4 on the again of a wonderful unbeaten half-century from Jemimah Rodrigues (56 not out off 46 balls) and a 26-ball 43 from opener Shafali Verma. The Indians then restricted Barbados to 62 for 8 in 20 overs with Renuka bamboozling the Barbados batters with a formidable spell.
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh and Radha Yadav chipped in with a wicket apiece.
Kyshona Knight was the top-scorer for Barbados with 16 whereas Shakera Selman made 12. Seven of their batters failed to succeed in double-digit figures.
Barbados have been dismissed for 64 of their nine-wicket defeat in opposition to Australia in an earlier match.
With the win, India completed second behind Australia (6 factors from 3 matches) in Group A with 4 factors from two wins. That they had crushed Pakistan and misplaced to Australia of their earlier matches.
The semifinals will likely be performed on Saturday. Renuka struck within the third ball of the Barbados innings, eradicating opener Deandra Dottin for a duck. She then dismissed captain Hayley Matthews (9), Kycia Knight (3) and Aaliyah Alleyne (0) in fast succession to cut back Barbados to 19 for 4 in 9 overs.
In the course of the Indian innings, opener Smriti Mandhana (5), who hit a half century in India’s win over arch-rivals Pakistan, fell cheaply however Verma and Rodrigues stitched a 71-run stand for the second wicket to prop up the innings.
India have been, nevertheless, in a spot of trouble as captain Harmanpreet (0) departed simply three balls after Verma’s dismissal. However a 70-run partnership between Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma (34 not out) for the unbroken fifth wicket took India to whole.
For Barbados, Shanika Bruce, Hayley Matthews and Shakera Selman took a wicket every.
Temporary Scores: India: 162 for 4 in 20 overs (Jemimah Rodrigues 56 not out, Shafali Verma.43; Shanika Bruce 1/17) Barbados: 62 for 8 in 20 overs (Kyshona Knight 16; Renuka Singh 4/10).
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