Twitter Reactions: Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav blow Sri Lanka away as India remain unbeaten in league stage
Radha Yadav registered her career-best figures picking four wickets for just 23 runs.
Updated - Feb 29, 2020 12:30 pm
India Women have won their fourth and final group game swatting aside Sri Lanka Women in the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. It was a clinical performance from the girls in blue who never looked in trouble on the day and asserted their dominance on the opposition from the word go. While it was Radha Yadav with the ball for India, Shafali Verma continued her good run with the bat to help the team win their fourth consecutive game.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. She led from the front with the bat smashing the ball to all the parts of the ground in the powerplay. Athapaththu raced to 33 runs even as Umesha Thimashini and Harshitha Madavi were dismissed early. After hitting five fours and a six during her stay in the middle, the Sri Lanka captain was sent back by Radha Yadav with her wily left-arm spin.
At 48/3 in the ninth over, Sri Lanka’s innings seemed to be in trouble and they just trudged along until the end of the innings. The left-arm spinners, Radha and Rajeshwari Gayakwad, spun a web around their batters and picked wickets at regular intervals. It was only due to Kavisha Dilhari’s unbeaten cameo of 25 runs off 16 deliveries that Sri Lanka managed to post 113 runs on the board for the loss of nine wickets.
For India, Radha returned with her career-best figures of 4/23 while Gayakwad picked a couple conceding only 18 runs. The rest of the three bowlers, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav, scalped a wicket each to restrict the opposition.
Shafali Verma leads the way yet again
It was never going to be a tough chase for India and not surprisingly, they cantered to victory. Once again, it was Shafali Verma who got the team off to a scintillating start as the opposition continue to figure out how to get her wicket early in the innings. She took the attack to the veteran Shashikala Siriwardene smashing her for boundaries in her second over.
Smriti Mandhana looked good while she was in the middle for her 17-run knock. But she couldn’t go past the 20-run mark once again and was dismissed by Udeshika Prabodhani. Harmanpreet Kaur, in a bid to gain some form ahead of the semi-finals, promoted herself to number three and played a couple of delightful. Her innings also included a backfoot cut shot which indicated that she has been batting well.
However, the Indian skipper couldn’t continue for long and got out after scoring 15 runs. However, Shafali continued to take toll of some poor deliveries and was also helped by the dropped catches. The youngster looked set to get to a half-century. Unfortunately, she was run-out and was left to blame herself for not running fast. Nevertheless, she smacked 47 runs off just 34 balls with seven fours and a six.
Shafali’s knock had brought India 26 runs within the victory and Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues made sure there were no further hiccups. India chased down the 114-run target in the 15th over itself sealing their top place in Group A.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
India Women make 4 out of 4 in the group stage, it was termed as group of death before the World Cup but bowlers and Shafali Verma had made it easier for India and beat all the four teams including the defending champions Australia.
Two matches to go for Glory.#T20WorldCup
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 29, 2020
Four out of four in the #T20WorldCup ✅
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 29, 2020
🇮🇳 India Women in Group Stage in 2018 and 2020 #T20WorldCup
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) February 29, 2020
Scores of 16-year-old Shafali Verma in #T20WorldCup
29 from 15 (193.33 strike rate)
39 from 17 (229.41 strike rate)
46 from 34 (135.29 strike rate)
47 from 34 (138.24 strike rate)
– Second highest run-getter.
– Second most fours.
– Most sixes.
– Most strike rate.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 29, 2020
4⃣ in 4⃣! 🤩#TeamIndia put up a strong performance against 🇱🇰 winning by 7 wickets, finishing the league stage with a 🔝 of the table spot!
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) February 29, 2020
India Women's in T20IWC (Since 2018)
W W W W L W W W W*#T20WorldCup
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) February 29, 2020
Shafali Verma is making the REAL Difference in India's win or lose.
– Our Only Batting Hope.
– Too much pressure on Bowling,
Yet they doing a great Job.
A century from Shafali or Magic from Bowling unit could only save us in Knock outs.#T20WorldCup
— 🧘♂️ (@Dev_Tweetz) February 29, 2020
India remain unbeaten in the group stage!
— Rakesh Bhagat (@RakeshB36568801) February 29, 2020
Vs Sri Lanka – 47 off 34 balls🏏
— FlashScore.in (@FlashScore_IN) February 29, 2020
INDIA WIN! Beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets and more than 5 overs to spare.#TeamIndia finish the group stages unbeaten for the second straight World Cup. The Team to BEAT! #TeamIndia #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/DPAUzZyxED
— Aneesh Anee Dq (@AneeshDq) February 29, 2020
What a mass entry to semis. Once again @TheShafaliVerma scored runs in power play but missed out well deserved half century. This time Radha yadav done with the ball. Its been a very good warm up match against SL before semis. #INDvSL #T20WorldCup
— kaarthikram (@kaarthikram) February 29, 2020
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) February 29, 2020
Even as impossible it might sound, they need to downplay the enormity of the game in their minds. On the outside, there is a lot riding on this, as all 🇮🇳 teams, from the men & women to U19 teams have stumbled at the knockout stages in the last 5 years. #T20WorldCup #TeamIndia
— Cricopinions (@Cricopinions1) February 29, 2020
While Indian Men Cricket Team Struggling vs Kiwis at the same time A good, disciplined all round performance by Woman Cricket Team lead them to Top of the Table.Kudos Girls👍
#T20WorldCup #INDvSL #iccwomenst20worldcup #shafaliverma
— Sourajit Moharana (@TheSpartanRace) February 29, 2020
All the Best to India's Women's Team for Semis 🇮🇳 ✌️ They are playing amazingly with victory in all 4 games of group stages. Hopefully World Cup will be India's this Time. ✌️#INDWvSLW #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/W8uQZKxWg6
— Awarapan 🇮🇳 (@KingSlayer_05) February 29, 2020
— Prem Mohanty (@philipbkk) February 29, 2020