Women’s T20 World Cup: India qualifies for semi-finals after DLS win over Ireland | Cricket News

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India has qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s T20 World Cup after beating Ireland in five rounds by Duckworth-Lewis Stern method.

After India decided to bat first, India scored 155-6 thanks to Smriti Mandhana’s 87 from 56 ball.

India’s opener was joined at the top of the rankings by Shafali Verma (24 of 29) and Harmanpreet Kaur (13 of 20), who rose in the rankings.

India vs Ireland Results Summary

India 155-6 from 20 overs (Mandhana 87 from 56); Delany 3-22, Prendergast 2-22

Ireland 54-2 from 8.2 overs (Lewis 32 from 35); Thakur 1-10

Ireland lost two wickets in the opening of their response when Renula Thakur bowled Orla Predergast for a duck after Jemimah Rodrigues knocked out Amy Hunter for just one.

But Gaby Lewis (32 not from 25) and Laura Delany (17 not from 20) rebuilt the innings as Ireland went 52-2 after 8.2 overs before rain halted play.

The blankets stayed on and with a DLS par of 59, Ireland stayed five runs short of what would have been a surprise win.

Mandhana, who is now South Africa’s highest tournament run scorer, was dropped four times by Ireland as her field woes continued.

She went on to post a career-best 87 while others around her struggled to navigate the court.

Delany (3-33) and Predergast (2-22) played with the ball for Ireland.

Ground staff protect the crease as rain halts the Women's World Cup Group B T20 cricket match between India and Ireland at St George's Park in Gqeberha February 20, 2023.  (Photo by Michael Sheehan/AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL SHEEHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Image: Heavy rain halted play after eight overs in Ireland’s chase

England almost through as group winners

India will face England and Australia in the semifinals, while South Africa can qualify for the next round if they beat Bangladesh.

A loss for the Proteas would see New Zealand advance to the next round in second place.

Ireland were already eliminated from the T20 World Cup after losing their last three games, but a win would have meant India’s qualification for tomorrow’s final Group 2 game between Pakistan and England was not secured.

Tuesday, February 21 at 4:30 p.m

But Monday’s result means India have secured a spot in the semi-finals and will be hoping neighbor Pakistan can pull off a surprise win over England to secure first place.

England and India are currently tied on six points, with Heather Knight’s team leading in net run rate.

England know that a win would see them through as group winners, but a loss and a big run-rate swing would mean they would have to settle for second place and a semi-final against permanent winners Australia.

Tuesday, February 21 at 12:30 p.m

“It was hard work with the first 30 balls”

Player of the Match Smriti Mandhana said: “One of the toughest courses I have ever played on. With the wind it was a little worse than we thought.

“It was hard work with the first 30 balls, I thought I forgot to hit.

“I’m not sure if it was the perfect preparation but it’s good to get some runs before the semis.”

Smriti Mandhana speaks after Ireland vs India February 20 during the T20 World Cup in South Africa

Image: Mandhana was named the player of the game for her 87 out of 56

Ireland has gone ‘from strength to strength’

Ireland captain Laura Delaney said: “The rain came out of nowhere, we weren’t prepared for it and didn’t look at the DLS result.

“We were just trying to build a partnership and find any boundaries that came our way.

“Cricket Ireland have invested hugely, at times we have shown we are capable of more.

“We’re getting stronger. There are areas where we want to improve, especially in the field.

Laura Delany speaks after Ireland vs India February 20 during the T20 World Cup in South Africa

Image: Laura Delany believes Ireland needs to improve on a few areas

The semi-final is a do-or-die match for India

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur said: “I think it was a good game for us. Smriti got some runs, which was important for us. Today it was good to see that she got the chance.

“It means a lot, we’ve worked so hard for so many years.

“It’s an important game for all of us. We’re always happy, if we get a game against them, it’s going to be all or nothing against them.”

Harmanpreet Kaur speaks after Ireland vs India February 20 during the T20 World Cup in South Africa

Image: Harmanpreet Kaur described the potential semi-final against Australia as “do or die”

What’s next?

England meet Pakistan from 13:00 and hosts South Africa meet Bangladesh from 17:00 in the final games of the group stage. Both games will take place in Cape Town and will be broadcast live on InNewCL Sports.

The first semi-final takes place on Thursday, in which Australia meet the runners-up in Group 2.

England or India play Group 1 runners-up in Friday’s second semi-final for a place in Sunday’s final, which will be broadcast live on InNewCL Sports.

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