Women’s T20 World Cup 2023: IND VS IRE | Through DLS method India Won By 5 Runs
India advanced to the T20 World Cup semifinals by defeating Ireland by a score of 5 runs, as calculated using the Duckworth Lewis method. Rain had earlier halted the game as the players left and the covers were put on. Ultimately, the match was called off, and Ireland finished the World Cup without a victory.
Smriti Mandhana scored a career-high 87 runs as India beat Ireland by 155/6 on Monday. The opener guided India to a steady powerplay with Shafali Verma, posting 42/0 in 6 overs. Later, after Verma fell in the 10th over, the southpaw put together a 50-run stand with captain Harmanpreet Kaur that significantly aided India in reaching a respectable total. Kaur had selected to bat first after winning the toss.
Ireland lost two wickets in the first over, with Renula Thakur bowling Orla Predergast for a duck after Jemimah Rodrigues dismissed Amy Hunter. But Gabby Lewis and Laura Delaney rebuilt the innings and Ireland led 54-2 after 8.2 overs before rain interrupted the play.
The cover remains on and with DLS for 59 and Ireland five points short of a surprise victory. Mandhana is now South Africa's leading run-scorer at the tournament but was dropped four times by Ireland as defensive problems continued. She went on to score a career-best 87 while others around her struggled to learn the pitch.
India will accompany Australia and England in the semi-finals, while South Africa can move to the next round if they defeat Bangladesh. In the event that the Proteas loss, New Zealand would advance to the next round in the second place.
Ireland crashed out of the T20 World Cup after losing their first three matches, but the win meant India's qualification was not sealed in today's final Group 2 match between Pakistan and England. But Monday's result means India will book a place in the semi-finals and look to neighbors Pakistan to secure top spot with a surprise win over England.
England and India are currently on six points with Heather Knight leading the way on net run-rate.
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