Women's World T20 Semi-Final 1: Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's inning goes in vain as Australia once again reached the Final

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur & Jemimah Rodrigues' innings go in vain as Australia reached again for the Women's World T20 Final.

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India was once again knocked out of the Semi-Final of the Women's World T20. Australia reached the Final by beating the Indian side by a margin of only 5 runs. In a game of pure entertainment and intensity, Australia made the victory for India difficult by scoring a big total of 172. India failed to complete the target and was knocked out of the tournament. A brilliant display from the skipper Harmanpreet and Jemimah but the run out of Kaur gave the flashbacks from the 2019 Indian Men's Semi-Final against New Zealand in the World Cup where MS Dhoni got run out and India lost the match. India looked distraught and surely this will be a heartbroken moment for Every Indian player and the Fans.

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Harmanpreet Kaur & Meg Lanning during the toss

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Australian skipper Meg Lanning won the toss & elected to bat first. Beth Mooney & Alyssa Healy started the match quite in style. They set their target for a big total from the very first over. The Indian side's fielding made it easier for them. Radha Yadav gave the first breakthrough by taking the wicket of Healy. Beth Mooney completed her half-century but Shikha Pandey claimed her wicket.

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Beth Mooney's Half-century
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Richa Ghosh dropped the catch of skipper Meg Lanning, which cost heavily for India as She made a brilliant partnership with Ash Gardner. Ash looked dangerous right from the start. Her stormy innings of 31 in 18 deliveries made the stage for her team to build a substantial total. Deepti Sharma took her wicket but Lanning started the fireworks then. 18 overs in the last over helped Australia to reach 172 runs. Meg Lanning remained unbeaten with 49 runs.

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Meg Lanning only believes in Fireworks
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India went down to bat and started the first over confidently but Ash Gardner and Schutt gave the early breakthroughs by taking the wickets of the two openers. Bhatia also lost her wicket due to a miscommunication with Jemimah. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur(52) turned the match entirely with Jemimah(43).

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An Important Half-Century from the skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur
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Kaur's bat got stuck in the pitch while running for a double and she lost her wicket in a very unlucky way. That was the moment when Australia moved to the driving seat once again. The Indian Team failed to get their rhythm back and Ash Gardner and Jonassen's final two overs secured the win for the Aussies. They reached the Final once again winning by 5 runs. Australian Women's side will now focus on their 6th Title.

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Kaur's bat got stuck in the pitch
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