The Indian women’s cricket team will lock horns with hosts England in the first semi-final of the Women’s T20 cricket event at Commonwealth Games 2022 on Saturday, August 6. The match will start at 3:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Led by Harmanpreet Kaur, India Women thrashed Barbados Women by 100 runs in their final Group A fixture to storm into the semi-finals of the inaugural edition of the Women’s T20 event at the Commonwealth Games.
The Women in Blue started their CWG 2022 campaign with a heartbreaking three-wicket defeat against mighty Australia before bouncing back to hammer arch-rivals Pakistan by eight wickets. With two wins and one loss, India finished second in the Group A standings with four points from three matches to book their place in the last four.
On the other hand, England Women qualified for the semi-finals after winning all their three matches to top Group B with six points from three matches. The hosts beat Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand to set-up a mouth-watering semi-final against India at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
However, England will miss the services of their captain Heather Knight, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the ongoing CWG with a hip injury.
In the absence of their regular captain, all-rounder Nat Sciver captained England in their three group matches in the quadrennial multi-sport event so far.
Meanwhile, India fast bowler Renuka Singh has been the leading wicket-taker at CWG 2022 so far, having picked nine wickets in three matches at an economy of just four runs per over.
In the batting department, swashbuckling opener batter Shefali Verma has been the standout player, having amassed 107 runs in three group matches.
In the other semi-final, reigning T20 world champions Australia will square off against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on Saturday.
The winners of the respective semi-finals will compete for the gold medal on Sunday while the losers will clash for the bronze medal on the same day.
All the remaining matches including the final will be played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.
India Women vs England Women T20 cricket head-to-head
England Women have a dominant head-to-head record against India Women in the T20I format, winning 17 of the 22 matches that they have played so far. India Women have secured just five victories.
Furthemore, hosts England beat India 2-1 in a three-match T20I series last year and will head into the semi-final as clear favourites.
India Women vs England Women squads at CWG 2022
India Women: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Taniya Sapna Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Yastika Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana
England Women: Nat Sciver (captain), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wicket-keeper), Freya Kemp, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt
Where to watch India Women vs England Women Commonwealth Games 2022 cricket live in India?
The India Women vs England Women Commonwealth Games T20 cricket match will be telecast live from 3:30 PM IST on Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 1 HD, Sony TEN 3, and Sony TEN 4 TV channels in India.
Live streaming of India Women vs England Women Commonwealth Games T20 cricket match will be available on the SonyLiv app and website.
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