Women's T20 World Cup 2023: India through to semi-final with win over Ireland in rain-marred game

Smriti Mandhana was awarded Player of the Match award for her knock of 87 runs.

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Indian Cricket Team. (Photo Source: Twitter/@mandhana_smriti)

India and Ireland locked horns in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 at St George's Park, Gqeberha in the Match 18 of the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and elected to bat as openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma gave a blazing start to the team.

Mandhana looked in fine touch right from the word go as she scored freely all around the ground, however, Shafali struggled to put the ball in the gaps. The duo added 62 runs for the first wicket in 57 balls before their partnership was broken by the Irish captain Laura Delany, who dismissed Shafali for 24 off 29. However, Mandhana continued her brilliant innings and got involved in a 52-run partnership with Harmanpreet Kaur.

Ireland's captain once again got into the act and ended the partnership by dismissing Kaur for 13 off 20 balls. She further got rid of the in-form Richa Ghosh on the very next ball to bring her side back into the game. However, Mandhana was unfazed by anything at the other end and continued her marvellous innings.

The left-handed batter put on an exhibition of her wide array of shots to score 87 off 56 balls, smashing nine fours and three sixes to help India post 155/6 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.

Gaby Lewis, Laura Delany bring Ireland back before rain

In reply, Ireland got off to the worst possible start as they lost their opener Amy Hunter on the first ball due to a miscommunication which resulted in her run out. Furthermore, Renuka Singh made matters worse as she destroyed the stumps of Orla Prendergast, sending her back to the pavilion for a duck.

Seeing their side in trouble, Gaby Lewis and Laura Delany got together and added 53 runs for the third wicket at a decent run-rate to keep the scoreboard moving. But just when everything was looking settled for Ireland, the rain arrived to spoil their party as Ireland were five runs behind the DLS par score at that time. The rain was relentless and showed no signs of stopping as India qualified for the semi-finals, eventually winning the match by five runs (DLS method).

Meanwhile, here's how Twitter reacted to India's win:

Yosef Mordechai Coleman@yosecakes
India win by 5 runs (DLS) and are through to the semifinals. #INDvsIRE #T20WorldCup
09:55 PM · Feb 20, 2023
kalingashree panda🇮🇳@kalingashree
we are in semifinal 🇮🇳 #IndvsIre #iccwomensT20worldcup
09:53 PM · Feb 20, 2023
ವಿ ✨@bengalurubouy48
Well played @mandhana_smriti in today's #IndVsIRe encounter and congratulations to @BCCIWomen for qualifying into the semifinal of #ICCWomensT20WorldCup #INDvsAUS in the first semi's on 23rd
09:50 PM · Feb 20, 2023
Anu ᴮᴵᴺᴰᵁ 💫@AnuBindu0
Tq Varun god 😌 #INDvsIRE
09:49 PM · Feb 20, 2023
Anu ᴮᴵᴺᴰᵁ 💫@AnuBindu0
India into semis 🥳🥳🥳 #INDvsIRE
09:46 PM · Feb 20, 2023
Aakash Kumar@AkashKm01
#indvsIre so that's the game, @BCCIWomen make it to the semis of #T20WomensWorldCup, beating @IrishWomensCric by 5 runs (D/S) method. Most likely they'll face their nemesis Australia in their semifinal clash.
09:44 PM · Feb 20, 2023
Harmanpreet Kaur, the first player, male or female, to play 150 T20Is! She becomes the first Indian and fourth overall to 3000 runs in Women's T20Is! @ImHarmanpreet 🙌👏 #HarmanpreetKaur #TeamIndia #INDvsIRE #CricketTwitter
09:28 PM · Feb 20, 2023
Back-to-back fifties for Smriti Mandhana in the T20 World Cup, continues her dream run on the big stage for India. #indvsire
09:09 PM · Feb 20, 2023
Rain saved us.. It was a poor show by #WomenInBlue against Ireland. Go #WomenInBlue go and Let’s surprise the Kangaroos in the semifinal. #INDvsIRE #T20WorldCup2023
09:59 PM · Feb 20, 2023
India are through to the semi-finals 🥳 They win by DLS method against Ireland in Gqeberha to finish the Group stage with six points 👊 #T20WomensWorldCup #semifinal #indvsire
09:57 PM · Feb 20, 2023

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