Women's T20 World Cup: India beats New Zealand , enter semifinals

Women's T20 World Cup: India beats New Zealand , enter semifinals

India bowlers continued tormenting the opposition batters as India beat New Zealand in a thrilling contest to cement a semifinal berth with their third straight win in the Women's T20 World Cup at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Thursday. With this win, India, sit at the top of their Group A with 6 points from 3 matches.

After a batting collapse, India managed to put just 133 on the scoreboard in 20 overs but their spinners once again rose to the occasion to help them defend the total. However, Amelia Kerr held her nerves to bring the situation down to 5 runs off the last delivery with her 19-ball 34 but could not see her side through.

After being put to bat first under overcast conditions, India opener Smriti Mandhana failed to get a positive start on her return to the playing X1 after missing India's 2nd Group A match against Bangladesh due to fever. Mandhana hit two boundaries before she was removed in the 3rd over by Lea Tahuhu.