India secured their place at the top of Group D with an impressive 85-run victory over Scotland in their last group match of the ICC Under 19 Women’s T20 World Cup at Benoni on Wednesday afternoon. The impressive performance cemented India’s position as one of the top contenders in the tournament, paving the way for a thrilling run in the knockout stages.
India made their intentions clear when they chose to bat after winning the coin toss, and not even the early loss of Captain Shafali Verma and Sonia Mehdiya could derail their plans. G Trisha’s dazzling 57 off 51 balls, with six boundaries, was the highlight of the innings. She was ably supported by the reliable Richa Ghosh, as the pair put together a 70-run partnership for the third wicket.
Ghosh’s experience showed as she scored 33 off 35 balls, including three boundaries. The pair fell within three balls of each other and it was left to Shweta Sehrawat to finish the innings. She crushed 31 not off just 10 balls, with four fours and two maximums to take India to 151 for four.
India makes a clean sweep in Group D, while South Africa and the UAE also come through
Chasing 152 to win, Scotland started with Ailsa Lister (14 from 14 balls) and Darcey Carter (24 from 22 balls) scoring a combined 24 runs in the first four overs. However, once they left, Scotland’s momentum quickly faded, highlighting the steep learning curve they’ve faced over the past two weeks.
Mannat Kashyap ripped through the middle order, scoring four wickets for just 12 runs in her four-over spell. Archana was equally destructive, claiming three scalps for just 14 runs in her allotted overs.
The devastation was complete as Scotland were knocked out for just 66 runs, losing their last six wickets for just 16 runs. Sonam Yadav hit the final nail in the coffin, taking two wickets in her seven deliveries.
India now progress to the Super Six stage where they will be seen as one of the top contenders for the inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup.
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