Semis advanced to 3.30 PM to cater to Indian viewers
India’s massive TRP pull in cricket is now having a major impact in the women’s game too. TOI has learnt that the organisers have revised the timings of the India-versus-England semifinal of the women’s T20 competition at Edgbaston on Saturday to suit Indian audiences.
Originally scheduled to be the second semifinal under lights, the match was supposed to be played at 10.30 pm IST. However, this will now be the first semifinal, and will instead be played at 3.30 pm. The second semifinal will see a trans-Tasman clash between the Southern Stars (Australia) and White Ferns (New Zealand).
Looking good in all departments of the game after scoring a thumping 100-run win over Barbados, India face a big test in their quest for a medal when they take on hosts and formidable foes England in the last-four clash. England won all their three games in the league stage.
A win will assure India of at least a CWG silver, something that would be a big boost in their efforts towards the BCCI’s ambitious project of a women’s IPL next year.
The biggest ace in India’s pack is obviously seamer Renuka Singh Thakur. Swinging the ball both days, the 26-year-old from Himachal wrecked the Australia and Barbados top order, taking fourfers against them. With nine wickets in three games at an average of 5.33 and ER of 4.00, Renuka is the top wicket-taker here.
Though England have a strong line-up, India will be hoping Renuka strikes in the Powerplay yet again.
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Almost all of India’s their top-order batters have hit their straps. Openers Smriti Mandhana (63 not out off 42 balls vs Pakistan), Shafali Verma (48 vs Australia, 43 vs Barbados), skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (52 not out), Jemimah Rodrigues (56 not out 46-ball vs Barbados) and allrounder Deepti Sharma (34 not out off 28 balls against Barbados) have all shown that they are in fine touch.
Mandhana and Harmanpreet suffered a rare failure against Barbados, but Rodrigues’ unbeaten 70-run stand for the fifth wicket with Deepti ensured that India finished at a healthy 162/4.
Rodrigues, who averages 50 in T20s in England, had scored 249 runs in 7 games, including a 92* for Northern Superchargers in The Hundred.