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2022 Commonwealth Game: Women's Cricket Group A "5th and 6th Match"

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

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As match continue of the Cricket matches at 2022, Commonwealth Games.

Australia women's national cricket team and Pakistan women's national cricket team battled for the 5th match , while India women's cricket team and Bardados women's national cricket team battled for the 6th match for Group A.

Fifth Match: Australia women's national cricket team and Pakistan women's national cricket team

An unbroken third-wicket partnership worth 141 between Tahlia McGrath and Beth Mooney rescued Australia from a shaky start against Pakistan to secure a third win from as many matches at the Commonwealth Games.

Match Highlights:

Australia women's national cricket team , assured of a place in the semi-finals - had slumped to 19 for 2 inside the first six overs before McGrath hammered her way to 78 not out off 51 balls and Mooney reached an unbeaten 70 off 49 at Edgbaston. It was the fourth time McGrath has gone unbeaten in her six career T20I innings. McGrath also took 3 for 13 from three overs as Pakistan's pursuit of 161 faltered.

Pakistan were bundled out of the tournament after going winless from their three matches, meaning that the winner of the evening match between India and Barbados would progress to the knockout stages with Australia from Group A.

Pakistan couldn't have hoped for a better beginning after restricting the gold-medal favourites to 22 for 2 in the powerplay, having claimed the prized wickets of Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning, both for just four runs each.

Healy was dropped off the bowling of Diana Baig in the first over when she sent a thick edge to first slip, where Omaima Sohail failed to hold on. The damage was limited, however, when Healy fell without adding to her score in the next over edging an excellent delivery from Fatima Sana which angled in, found the inside edge and clattered into leg stump.

Sadia Iqbal, playing her first match of the Games, then struck in the sixth over with a gem to beat Lanning and pegged back off stump. After six overs, Australia had found the boundary just three times and were scoring at a run rate of 3.67.

McGrath and Mooney began to regain control, adding 36 runs in the next four overs to recover to 58 for 2 at the halfway point of the innings. After reaching 30 from 24 balls, McGrath was adjudged lbw to Iqbal when she was struck on the back pad attempting to reverse sweep, but overturned the decision on review with replays showing the ball had brushed her glove on the way through.

McGrath's shot-placement was sublime. She stroked two fours in three balls off Sohail, muscled over cover and swept through backward square leg before moving to a 37-ball fifty in the next over with a powerful drive to the rope at long-off from the bowling of Iqbal.

Mooney brought up her fifty in 42 balls with a single off Aiman Anwer to also raise the century stand. The 19th over, bowled by Sana, went for 21 runs, including a six each to Mooney, launched over deep square leg, and McGrath finer but with plenty of power behind it. Twelve runs off the final over, by Anwer, including four from McGrath through cover off a full toss to close the innings, had Australia in command.

Pakistan were 8 for 2 after just two overs with Megan Schutt removing Muneeba Ali with the third ball of their reply, slashing straight to Darcie Brown at backward point. Brown then chimed in with the wicket of Iram Javed in the next over, skying an attempted pull to Grace Harris at short midwicket.

After six overs Pakistan were ahead of the curve at 32 for 2 but needed something massive from captain Bismah Maroof. She enjoyed a let-off when she spooned Ash Gardner straight to mid-off where Harris shelled a simple chance.

Alana King, who took a career-best 4 for 8 in Australia's nine-wicket victory over Barbados, entered the attack immediately afterwards and struck right away, bowling Sohail with a beauty that brushed the pad and hit leg stump two-thirds of the way up. When Aliya Riaz was run out, effectively sacrificed by Maroof who sent her back halfway through a second run, Pakistan slumped to 47 for 4 in the 10th over.

McGrath capped a wonderful all-round effort with three wickets, includuing two in two balls. She had Ayesha Naseem well caught by King, running round to long-on to take a high one just inside the rope.

Then she ended Maroof's laboured innings of 23 from 32 balls when a miscued drive sailed to Jess Jonassen at mid-on and, next ball, trapped Tuba Hassan lbw playing across a straight one. When Baig left the hat-trick ball alone outside off, Healy shot a smile from behind the stumps at first slip, where Lanning stood once more, having dropped a catch there which would have given King a hat-trick in the previous match. Sana finished unbeaten on 35, but her team fell well short.

Fifth Match: India women's cricket team and Bardados women's national cricket team

Ruthlessness underlined India's dismantling of Barbados in a must-win game as they waltzed into the semi-finals of CWG 2022 on Wednesday evening. In what should count as one of the biggest positives, India's batting depth was on display after the prolific pair of Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur contributed all of five runs in a total of 162. Then, their young bowling, led by the ever-improving Renuka Singh snuffed out any fight Barbados may have put up well inside the powerplay to reduce the contest to one-way traffic.

Match highlights:

Playing in just her third T20I, medium-pacer Shanika Bruce struck in her first over when she removed Mandhana with the new ball. Looking to whip a full toss, Mandhana was hit flush on the heel as Barbados benefited from a prudent DRS call to leave India 5 for 1. But the early loss was offset quickly as Shafali Verma counter-punched immediately to hoist India's fifty inside the powerplay with no further loss, even as Barbados contributed generously to it with some ordinary fielding.

Yastika Bhatia's absence meant an opportunity for Jemimah Rodrigues to make a statement at No. 3, and she didn't disappoint. She opened her account with a thick edge for four in the third over and didn't hit another boundary till the 15th over. Yet, in between, she kept turning strike over by nurdling balls into gaps and running hard between the wickets.

When Shafali went on an all-out attack - slapping short balls over mid-off and flat-batting pulls into the leg side - Rodrigues slipped into the role of a second fiddle; her contribution being all of 12 runs when the half-century stand was raised. When India lost 3 for 16 in the space of four overs to slip from a comfortable 76 for 1 to 92 for 4, Rodrigues resonated calmness as India kept chugging along. This passage included a terrible mix-up with Shafali, which Rodrigues more than made up for by batting through to make an unbeaten 46-ball 56. It was only her seventh half-century in 49 T20I innings.

Rodrigues turned the screws in the 16th over when she went after Shakera Selman. Making room to access the off side, Rodrigues displayed her strong bottom-handed strokeplay as she walloped a full-length delivery down the ground for six and followed that with a slap over cover to a perfectly acceptable length delivery two balls later. Deepti Sharma, another player who has profited immensely from time in overseas leagues, was an able ally. She used the long handle from time to time, finishing with an unbeaten 28-ball 34, as India smashed 58 off the last five overs.

Four nights after she announced herself with a new-ball burst for the ages against Australia, she was at it again. Off the third ball of the innings, Renuka sent back a charging Deandra Dottin for a duck. Two balls into her second over, she had Hayley Matthews who picked out mid-on. Then she was persisted with for a third straight over in what was an excellent bit of captaincy from Harmanpreet, and Renuka all but sealed it with the wickets of Kycia Knight - played on - and Aaliyah Alleyne, who was done in by a devious inswinger that she left on a length to find her stumps flattened. At 19 for 4 in five overs, Barbados were staring at the inevitable.

India's spinners then made merry, and the returning Pooja Vastrakar got some game-time ahead of bigger battles, and their fielders took catches that had coach Ramesh Powar yelp in excitement. The ghosts of Australia, where they let it slip from a winning position, weren't going to have another field day. This was as emphatic as it could get.

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