Mandhana smashed a career-best 83 to power India to a record 167/8 against Australia in their last ICC Women's World T20 group B match in Guyana on Saturday.
Hello and welcome to Timesofindia.com's live updates from the India vs Australia pool match at the ICC Women's World T20 being played in the West Indies. It also meant New Zealand and Pakistan were knocked out of the tournament. However, the attitude of fighting it out till the very end has ensured that with three wins in as many games, they have entered the semifinals for the first time since 2010.
With momentum firmly on both sides, India and Australia would also like to test their middle-order to provide their players with clear roles.
"In 2017 we qualified for the final, but that can't be just a one-off".
"Everyone had actually thought that we wouldn't even make it to the semi-finals because we did not even win the Asia Cup", Indian vice-captain Smriti Mandhana said.
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Red-hot India thrashed Australia by 48 runs to finish at the top of Group B. Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur first shone with the bat to guide India to a challenging total before the bowlers joined the party.
In a game that saw only the second ever hat-trick in ICC Women's World T20s, England made short work of an insipid South Africa to take a step closer to the semi-finals, a position that was confirmed when the Windies beat Sri Lanka later in the night. Rodrigues revealed it acts as a confidence booster. "So I think so that played an impact". So we have spoken about that.
The assault launched by Mandhana and Kaur stirred up memories of the latter's marvellous 171 em *di and Smriti, the partnership they had, I think if Harry di would have stayed for longer, we would have remembered a bit of the same one.
In the process, she overtook New Zealand's Martin Guptill, who is the highest T20I run-scorer among men's cricketers. Anuja Patil took 3 wickets for India. We had some plans coming in. And I think more than sticking to the plans the execution was really awesome by the bowlers, and the fielding also proved it. Jemimah reiterated the focus is on improvement match-by-match.
"I feel quite relieved as I was getting starts but not converting them". Our teammates, everybody, the coaches, the support staff, everybody is putting in a lot of effort, were working really hard and it's paying off. "She's OK", Meg Lanning said.