India has qualified for the semi-finals in the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup after they defeated New Zealand by 4 runs at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Thursday.
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side became the first team in the current edition of the mega event to reach the semi-finals.
India scored 133-8 in 20 overs, thanks to power-packed innings by Shefali Verma (46 off 34) and a handy knock of 23 from 25 balls by Taniya Bhatiya. In response, the ‘White Ferns’ could only post 129-6. Amelia Kerr (34 off 19) was New Zealand’s highest run-scorer.
Here’s how the cricket world reacted to India’s win:
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 27, 2020
Wah bhai Wah ! Great effort by the girls to hold on to their nerves and beat New Zealand and qualify for the semi finals of the #T20WorldCup
Shafali Varma is a rockstar. Anand aa raha hai ladkiyon ka performance dekhne mein. pic.twitter.com/euq2368NTF
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 27, 2020
Congratulations @BCCIWomen on a wonderful win against New Zealand and qualifying for the semifinals. The bowlers were excellent in defending 132 and Shafali Varma has been absolutely top class for India. Well done girls. #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/SeM02h601T
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 27, 2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 27, 2020
Yes! Well done, Shikha Pandey. She holds her nerve to prevent Amelia Kerr, who was batting brilliantly, from snatching a win. India through to the semi-final.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 27, 2020
What a nail biter. Yet another superlative bowling performance by our @BCCIWomen. Two back to back player of the Match awards for Shafali Verma. What a fine young talent. Two more to go for glory 🏆 #INDvNZ #T20WorldCup
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) February 27, 2020
— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 27, 2020
Latest addition to Wonders of World – India’s Shefali Verma. 16 year old and already the one with highest Strike Rate in #T20WorldCup. Bravo! Congratulations #WomenInBlue for the hat-trick win and berth in Semis. Two more left for the Glory! #INDWvNZW #TakeOnTheWorld #LedByHer pic.twitter.com/P5ukqtQzkS
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) February 27, 2020
Indian Women's team is raising the bar with back to back wins in #T20WorldCup.
Congratulations to our @BCCIWOMEN team on sealing the match against New Zealand and qualifying for the semifinals.
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) February 27, 2020