Match Details

AUSW vs INDW 1st Semi Final, WT20 World Cup 2023

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Australia Women won by 5 runs 🏆
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18th Over:
= 11
Last Over:
= 4
This Over:
= 10

Player of the Match

Ashleigh Gardner
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Ashleigh Gardner Jersy
20 (17)1 (1)2 0 0 0 117.65 100.00
P'ship : 5(2)
Last Wkt :   Radha Yadav 0(1)
2-374.0 9.25
INDWINDW - 2nd Innings
6 Over 4359
10 Over 8893
15 Over 134134
AUSWAUSW - 1st Innings
6 Over 4843
10 Over 7369
15 Over 111113
20 Over 169172


Inn 1
Inn 2
That's it from all of us for this game. Australia Women seal a berth in the final. The second semi-final will see England Women take on South Africa Women tomorrow. Do join us for that high-octane clash. For now, this is Akshay Bhide, signing off, on behalf of my co-commentators Deepak Prakash, Arijit Kundu and scorer Yogesh Kumar. Bye Bye.
Meg Lanning (Australia Women Skipper): "This is one of the best wins I have been part of. We haven't played our best cricket in all facets but credit to the girls for fighting back. We didn't hit the right areas. The Indian Women were coming back hard but we managed to seize the crunch moments. We stayed in the game and that's what is required to get over the line. I think we are able to stay calm and composed. We knew a couple of wickets would turn the game in our favor. I won't be watching the second semi-final tomorrow but don't know about the other girls. I'll switch off and come back on Sunday for the final" 
Harmanpreet Kaur (India Women Skipper): "Can't get unluckier than this. With Jemi, we gained impetus once more. We weren't expecting to lose from here. I can't imagine being more unlucky than the way I was run out. We were glad to make it to the final ball since putting in the effort was crucial. Up to the final ball, we wanted to fight. It was okay when they decided to bat today because we also wanted to chase. Even after losing the first two wickets, we were confident in our lineup for the bat. Jemimah deserves praise, she gave us the drive. I'm glad to witness some excellent performances."
Ashleigh Gardner (Player of the Match): "My heart rate was about 190 when I was bowling the last over. That is how our team fights. We discussed this in the post-game huddle. We weren't in a position to win, but we manage to overcome the odds, fight valiantly, and prevail. We had a good game with the bat, missed a few with the ball, but still played with spirit. (What did Lanning say?) was precise about the actions we wished to take. India's starting lineup includes effective batters. With the ball in hand, the goal was to hit the wicket while avoiding freebies. wishing to enter the finale with assurance."
Ashleigh Gardner is the Player of the Match.
09:42 PM IST | Akshay: That's it. Australian Women’s juggernaut continues. This team is very very special. They have won their seventh consecutive semi-final and entered yet another T20 World Cup final. They were pushed all the way by India Women but the Southern Stars held their nerves to win the game by five runs. They keep themselves alive and have a very good chance of defending their title.

Chasing 173, the Indian side didn’t have the best of starts. Megan Schutt trapped Shafali Verma on nine in the second over. It was a short stay for Smriti Mandhana as she fell on two. A mix-up in the middle resulted in Yastika Bhatia’s departure. Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur started the recovery work and played some brilliant strokes as they were 59/3 at the end of the powerplay.

Both Jemimah and Kaur kept scoring at a brisk rate and kept the required run rate under control. The 69-run stand came to an end when Rodrigues edged one to the keeper. She fell on 43 off just 24 balls. There was no stopping Kaur as she continued playing her strokes and brought up her fifty. Just when the game was slipping away from Australia Women, Kaur was run out on 52, courtesy of her bat getting stuck outside the crease.

Kaur's dismissal was a big moment in the game. Richa Ghosh was dismissed on 14 and the required run rate crept up. The game went down to the wire and with 16 required from the last over, Ashleigh Gardner held her nerves as she defended it successfully. Gardner and Darcie Brown picked up two wickets each with the ball for Australia. Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen also chipped in with a wicket each as they defended the total successfully.

Earlier in the day, Meg Lanning won the toss and opted to bat first. They got off to a wonderful start, courtesy of the opening pair of Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney. Both started playing their strokes freely once they got their eye in. They scored 43 at the end of the powerplay. Healy departed on 25 as the opening stand of 52 came to an end. Lanning joined Mooney who was looking in fantastic touch.

The southpaw looked solid at the crease and played some outstanding strokes. She brought up her 17th T20I fifty but fell soon. The Indian bowlers kept a check on the scoring rate in the middle phase but went on a journey in the death overs. Ashleigh Gardner hit some lusty blows as her cameo of 31 off 18 balls set a solid platform for them. Lanning remained unbeaten on 49 to power her side to 172/4 at the end of their 20 overs. Shikha Pandey picked up two wickets for India but was a bit expensive.

The Women in Blue dropped chances and were rusty in the field. Too many misfields and it proved to be the difference between both sides. The wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur was the turning point in the game as it allowed the Australian side to get back in the game. They seized crunch moments in the game and emerged victorious. Stick around for the post-match presentations. 
India Women
Deepti Sharma
Shikha Pandey
Ashleigh Gardner
19.6 A Gardner to D Sharma
4 FOUR!! That's it the defending champions Australia are into the Final once again!! Tosses it up around off stump line. Sharma makes room and goes for an inside-out as the ball clears the infield and races away for a boundary. Australia Women storms into the final of Women's World Cup 2023.
19.5 A Gardner to S Pandey
1 Length delivery on the leg stump line. Pandey mistimes it to long-on for a single.
New batsman on crease
  • RUNS207
  • SR79.00
  • AVG12.00
11 from 2 now. 
19.4 A Gardner to R Yadav
W WICKET!! IN THE AIR ANNND TAKEN!! Another nail in the coffin!!! Tosses it up on the middle and leg. Radha shimmies down the track and goes for a big heave over the long-on but couldn't time it well as the ball flies straight on the throat of long-on who makes no mistake and takes it easily.
11 from 3 now. 
19.3 A Gardner to D Sharma
1 Length delivery around off and middle. Sharma makes room and punches it to covers for a single here.
Another couple of runs and the equation now is 12 runs required from 4 balls.

All the fielders in the off side are inside the circle.
19.2 A Gardner to D Sharma
2 A touch fuller delivery at the stumps. Sharma swings hard and the ball flies to the widish long-on for a couple of runs.
14 runs required from 5 balls.
19.1 A Gardner to D Sharma
2 Fuller delivery around off. Sharma reaches the ball and drives it through the extra covers and returns for the second run. The fiedler from the circle chases the ball and keeps it to 2 runs.