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Smriti, Harmanpreet & Poonam named in ICC's Team of the Tournament

Harmanpreet named Captain of the side

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the team of the tournament of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 based on performances during the 16-day tournament held across three venues in the West Indies.

Three players each from England and India, two from Australia and one each from Pakistan, New Zealand and the Windies have been named in the eleven, which was selected by an esteemed selection panel that included three former international players.

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur, one of two captains to make the squad along with Pakistan’s Javeria Khan, has been named to lead the team, with player of the tournament Alyssa Healy of Australia, India’s left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana and England’s Amy Jones nominated to bat ahead of her.

All-rounders Deandra Dottin of the Windies and Allyse Perry of Australia, and England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole are the seam bowlers in the squad with off-spinner Leigh Kasperek of New Zealand, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav of India and left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon of England the slow bowlers. Bangladesh’s new-ball bowler Jahanara Alam has been named as the 12th player.

The selection panel comprised former players and commentators Ian Bishop, Anjum Chopra and Ebony Rainford-Brent, journalist Melinda Farrell and ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice.

ICC Women’s World T20 2018 Team of the Tournament (in batting order):

Alyssa Healy (Australia) – 225 runs
Smriti Mandhana (India) – 178 runs
Amy Jones (England, wicketkeeper) – 107 runs, 5 dismissals
Harmanpreet Kaur (India, Captain) – 183 runs
Deandra Dottin (Windies) – 121 runs, 10 wickets
Javeria Khan (Pakistan) – 136 runs
Ellyse Perry (Australia) – 60 runs, 9 wickets
Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand) – 8 wickets
Anya Shrubsole (England) – 7 wickets
Kirstie Gordon (England) – 8 wickets
Poonam Yadav (India) – 8 wickets

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England beat India to reach final

India's promising campaign comes to an end after an 8-wicket loss in the day-night semi-final in Antigua

England booked their place in the final of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018, with a convincing eight-wicket win against India, on a surface aiding turn at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. England made light work of what seemed like a tricky total to enter their fourth final in tournament history.

A match-winning third wicket partnership worth 92 between Natalie Sciver and Amy Jones saw England play the conditions better, after India came into the match as the in-form side, having remained unbeaten in the Group Stage.

England made a slightly nervy start in a chase of 112, losing both openers with 24 on the board. But then Jones and Sciver combined to ensure there were no further obstacles in the chase. Sciver, who scored 52 (40b, 5x4), was dropped on 2 in the seventh over, but after that looked in no discomfort. India’s set defensive fields and their bowlers bowled consistently short, taking a slow pitch out of the equation.

Amy Jones hit the only six of the innings on the way to her highest T20I score, an unbeaten 53 (45b, 3x4, 1x6) and was the more aggressive initially, batting on 15 off 11 when she was joined by Sciver in the fifth over. By the 11th over, Sciver had pulled ahead. She was extremely strong on the pull, bisecting the deep fielders on multiple occasions. 

The pair put on a 92 runs off just 74 balls, setting up a date with Ashes-rivals Australia on Saturday.

Earlier, Smriti Mandhana seemed to be batting on another pitch as compared to all the other Indian batters, as she rode her luck to a quick-fire 34 (23b, 5x4, 1x6). While most others struggled to time the ball, Mandhana’s looked fluent, picking her bowlers and her areas, becoming the second highest run scorer in the tournament on the way.

Mandhana was dropped on 13, and helped India to a 43-run opening partnership, which was then built on by Harmanpreet Kaur (16, 20b, 1x6) and Jemimah Rodrigues (26, 26b, 3x4). The pair took India to a position of seeming strength, at 93 for three after 15 overs.

From there, India lost five wickets for 11 runs to eventually collapse to 112 all out in the last over. The slide began when Kirstie Gordon took two wickets in the 16th over, including that of Harmanpreet. The new batters failed to negotiate the lack of pace, as three wickets fell to run-outs, and the rest to the England spinners, ensuring England had a chase-able total on their hands.

Brief Scores: England 116/2 (Natalie Sciver 54*, Amy Jones 51*) beat India 112 (Smriti Mandhana 34; Heather Knight 3/9) by eight wickets

Player of the Match: Amy Jones

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