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CWG 2022: The Top five performances from India’s campaign

Australia clinch the Gold medal while India collect Silver medal whereas New Zealand won the bronze medal.

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India’s hopes of winning the gold at the Commonwealth Games 2022 were dashed out as Australia provided yet another example of how to win games under duress.

Australia snatched gold in a nail-bitter:

Ashleigh Gardner provided an amazing plot twist by dismissing Pooja Vastrakar and the half-centurion Harmanpreet Kaur off consecutive deliveries with India needing 44 off 30 and seven wickets in hand.

As India lost their final eight wickets for just 34 runs, Australia forced wide the door by stifling the lower middle order to secure a nine-run victory.

A dejected Harmanpreet, whose 43-ball 65 had put India in a match-winning position, as well as the rest of the squad, remained still in the dugout as they accepted the silver medal.

Australia, the current 50-overs and T20 World Cup champions added the one trophy they were still missing, a gold medal at a multi-sport competition, to cement their position as the best team in the world. Hence Australia beat and captured the Gold Medal and India have to stay with the silver medal.

Let’s scan the top performance from India’s campaign in Commonwealth Games 2022:

Smriti Madhana’s Destructive 61 against England

Mandhana had been hitting the ball at just the right time all tournament long, and Saturday was no different.

After India made the decision to bat, the game was set up with a 23-ball half-century thanks to a display of precise ball hitting and a game without compromises. She placed pressure on the inexperienced Issy Wong and the 17-year-old off Spinner Alex Capsey very early in the innings, and she mockingly dragged them over the ropes in front of square to throw down a marker.

India reached fifty in just 4.3 overs, which was a T20I record-breaking effort, and by the end of the powerplay, they had advanced to 64 without losing. Previously in India’s third and final Commonwealth Games 2022 group stage match against Barbados, star bowler Renuka Singh Thakur put on a display with the ball.

She ploughed through the opposing batting order to drive India to a 100-run victory. With this crushing win, Harmanpreet Kaur and her team earned a spot in the women’s cricket semi-final at the CWG in Birmingham, which is going on right now.

Renuka Singh Thakur: The Queen of Swing for India:

As women’s cricket at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham started off to an unbelievable start, Australia served as a reminder to India that you should never write them off, even in virtually impossible conditions.

Renuka Singh’s rapid 4 for 18 burst reduced Australia to 49 for 5 when chasing 155, but Ashleigh Gardner and Grace Harris pulled off an incredible recovery to take the victory with one over left.

The Women in Blue, who were given the opportunity to bat first, scored 162/4 in the 20 overs they were given thanks to Jemimah Rodrigues’ 46-ball 56*, Shafali Verma’s 26-ball 43, and Deepti Sharma’s 28-ball 34*.

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Renuka, who returned with the bowling statistics of 4 for 10 in four overs, stole the stage, though, with her impressive spell.

On the third pitch of the run chase, she got rid of Deandra Dottin, and in the second ball of her next over, she got rid of Barbados captain Hayley Matthews.

Barbados’ batting was reduced to 19/4 after Renuka took the wickets of Kycia Knight and Aaliyah Alleyne in the fifth over.

Notably, she only managed a single-digit score on all four of her victims. Renuka’s outstanding spell allowed India to restrict Barbados to a meagre 62/8 in 20 overs. In the present CWG, it was Renuka Singh’s second four-wicket haul.

Harmanpreet Kaur fifty against Australia in group stage:

It’s no secret that Harmanpreet adores the leg side, but it doesn’t make it any easier to stop her.

Multiple fielders from Australia were positioned on the leg-side boundary, but Harmanpreet still found the holes to lead India in scoring with 52 off just 34 balls.

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But Jonassen’s ability to cut through the middle order at the other end halted her progress, and India could only muster 39 runs in the final five overs of their innings.

Harmanpreet Kaur gritty 65 against Australia in the Gold Madel match

India’s participation in the historic cricket final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 was not meant to be.

In the women’s cricket gold medal game at Edgbaston on Sunday, Harmanpreet Kaur took the initiative and delivered a knock that spectators could have seen during the 2017 World Cup blitz, but it was insufficient for India as they chased down 162.

Chasing 162, India had a difficult time getting going as they lost Smriti Mandhana for 6 in the first over, their top scorer in the competition.

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Smriti, who has a perfect record at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, attempted to heave one through the leg side, but Australia pacer Darcie Brown came up with a deft delivery that was pushed through and packed into the leg-stump.

Harmanpreet took the initiative in leading India’s chase, attacking the Australian batters, and playing loose cricket while appearing committed to seeing India through to the end.

Harmanpreet Kaur played bravely, hitting 7 boundaries and 2 sixes. After that, Ash Gardner came back and claimed two significant victims, including skipper Harmanpreet 65 off 43 balls in the very next over.

Pooja Vastrakar, a powerful hitter, was caught by Gardner before Harmanpreet attempted to sweep one past the wicketkeeper.

The ball, though, bounced off her helmet and shot into the air. Alyssa Healy, the wicketkeeper, was ready to seize the opportunity and dismiss the India skipper.

Smriti Mandhana’s 63 against Pakistan

Smriti Mandhana moved up one spot to third in the women’s T20I batter rankings after her unbeaten 42-ball 63 against Pakistan during the Commonwealth Games.

Mandhana moved within two rating points of Beth Mooney, who is ranked second, and passed Sophie Devine into the top three thanks to her explosive half-century. Top of the list is Meg Lanning.

Pakistan chose to bat in a match that started 55 minutes later than scheduled and was limited to 18 overs each side due to intermittent drizzle. With a 61-run opening partnership, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma quickly dispatched the chase to give India their first victory of the tournament.

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India’s net run rate increased thanks to the victory with 38 balls remaining from -0.56 after their defeat to Australia, while Pakistan’s dropped to -1.77 from -0.75, edging them ever-so-close to an early exit.

Hence At the Commonwealth Games 2022, the Indian women’s cricket team defeated Pakistan by an enormous eight wickets.

Smriti Mandhana, the left-handed opener, scored 63 runs off of just 42 balls in an innings that featured eight fours and three sixes.

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