India Women U19 defeated New Zealand Women U19 by eight wickets to become the first team to reach the final of the inaugural ICC Women U19 final on Friday (January 27) at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. Parshavi Chopra was the star bowler who broke the Kiwis’ back with her three scalps.
India skipper Shefali Verma won the toss and decided to bowl first. From the start, India’s tight bowling restricted the White Ferns from scoring big. Only Plimmer could reach a score of 35 from 32 balls. But apart from her, Isabella Gaze added 26 off 22 balls.
Later, Izzy Sharp’s 13 and Kayley Knight’s 12 took their side to a paltry total of 107/9. In her full quota of four overs, Parshavi Chopra conceded 20 runs and sent three batters (Isabella Gaze, Izzy Sharp, and Emma Irwin) back to the pavilion. For her spell, she was awarded the Player of the Match.
While chasing, India did not break a sweat as openers Shefali Verma and Shweta Sehrawat stitched a 33-run opening stand. Verma was trapped by Anna Browing in the fourth over for 10 runs.
But it did not stop Sehrawat as she slammed 61 from 45 balls with the help of 10 boundaries to drive India to the target. She is a star in the making, and it was her third half-century in this World Cup. She hit the winning run by smashing a four. Apart from them, Soumya Tiwari scored 22.
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India are waiting for the winner of the next semi-final between England and Australia
“It’s good to see the team do as per plans. We are excited to play in the finals. We worked on our mistakes against the Australia game and it is good to see this. We will prepare first and then celebrate [her birthday] tomorrow,” Shefali said after the match.
Now the girls in blue are waiting for the winner of the next semi-final- the match between England and Australia. The final will be played on Sunday (January 29) at the same venue.
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