Women’s U-19 WC: India storms into Super Six with 83-run victory over Scotland | Cricket news


The spin trio of Mannat Kashyap, Archana Devi and Sonam Yadav provided a sensational bowling game as India beat Scotland by 83 runs to storm in the Super Six of the inaugural Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup in Benoni on Wednesday. India chose to bat, losing their star opener and skipper Shafali Verma (1) in the second over. It was Gongadi Trisha’s brave 57 from 51 deliveries and Shweta Sehrawat’s counter-attacking 31 off 10 balls that propelled India to 149 for 4.

In reply left arm spinner Mannat led the show with a fine spell of 4-0-12-4 as off spinner Archana Devi claimed 3/14 from her four overs as India beat Scotland for 66 in 13.1 overs to make it is a hat-trick of wins and seals their Super Six berth.

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Fifteen-year-old Sonam, who also bowls with the left arm, took 2/1 from 1.1 overs to complete the domination as India topped Group D with six points from three games. India had previously defeated South Africa and the UAE.

It wasn’t an ideal start for India a few days after they posted a massive 219 for 3 against the UAE, riding Shafali’s 34-ball 78 as they lost two wickets in the power play.

Shafali attempted to attack Nayma Shaikh over midwicket but was caught in the deep end by Scottish skipper Katherine Fraser.

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Sonia Mendhiya was the second wicket to fall in the power play and fell victim to Orla Montgomery.

Richa Ghosh (33) then stabilized the ship with Trisha in a crucial 70-run partnership in the middle overs.

Fraser (2/31) struck a double blow, dismissing Richa and Trisha in the space of three balls, leaving India at 105 for 4 in 16.5 overs.

Shweta then took on the attack on the Scottish camp with four boundaries and two sixes to give India a perfect finish.

Chasing, Darcey Carter (24) and Ailsa Lister (14) gave Scotland a fiery start, taking them to 40 for 1 in five overs, but Mannat fed the Scottish batsmen with her clever variations to derail their chase.

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Mannat and Archana formed a deadly partnership in the middle overs, bringing Scotland back to 50 for 5 in 10 overs in no time.

From then on, it was only a matter of time, as none of the remaining batters scored in double digits.

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