India’s third match in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers tournament, 2017, and also Ireland’s third. The top four sides progress to the World Cup in June, for which Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies have already qualified. The top four teams are also awarded ODI status till the next World Cup, if they aren’t already ODI nations.
India heads into this match with 2 convincing wins in hand, first against Sri Lanka by 144 runs, and then a virtual walk over Thailand, winning by 9 wickets (and with nearly 30 overs to spare).
Ireland come into this match on the back of an opening win by 119 runs over Zimbabwe, then a 146-run drubbing in the next match against Sri Lanka, where Ireland did not complete their 50 overs, being bundled out in 36 overs for 93 runs.
Indian captain Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bat first.
India took their time to settle in, eventually piling up a total that looked daunting.
The batting was cool-headed, with batters less often than not, tossing the ball up or going for the rash shot or a run that wasn’t there.
In response, Ireland did not have much to offer, with the bat, or in the field.
India kept it tight until the end, Thirushkamini scoring a century and Deepti Sharma finishing her innings on 89, and a good allround bowling and fielding performance from the team being the cherries for the team.
For Ireland, there’s something they can take back: good bowling and a bright future for young talent Gaby Lewis.
Ind 19-0 in first 6 overs.
India vs Ireland women’s ICC WC Qualifiers match is being streamed on ICC’s website. icc-cricket.com.
India 82-0 in 22 overs!
India 88-0 in 23 overs. Thirushkamini has scored 7 4s.
The run rate is 3.82 at the moment, but it’s a good new wicket, India can look for a 275ish, says comm box.
First match vs SL, they scored 258. 2nd match vs Thailand, bowled them out for 55.
Today’s match is at P. Sara. Colombo.
India 91-0 in 23!
The wicket is a batting pitch. Looking good. Current RR 3.84
97-0 (24) @4.04. Getting better. Deepti 44, Thirush 39
100 COMES UP! 103(25.2)
Fact: Gaby Lewis, playing in today’s game for Ireland is only 15 years old. Her sister represents Ireland too, she’s only 17. Gaby Lewis made her debut international appearance at just 13, becoming the youngest player, male or female, to ever represent at the highest level.
50 FOR DEEPTI SHARMA!
Ind 115-0 (27)
50 FOR THIRUSHKAMINI! Ind 147-0 In 33 overs
Ind 161-0(35.1) Sharma 86(10×4,1×6) Thirush (60, 8×4,1×6) RR 4.57. Picking up very nicely.
Deepti got out on 89.
Last, Veda Krishnamurthy got out on 11, she was blasting a couple of 4s, Thirush hit 2 sixes in an over, she’s on 98 now! 215-2 (44) Harmanpreet Kaur’s the new batter in.
110 FOR THIRUSHKAMINI!! India 239-2 in 48. We should get to 250, hopefully 270? 2 overs to go.
246-2, 49! 1 over to go!
India finish with 250-2, Thirushkamini not out for 113, carrying her bat through, 11 4s, 4 sixes. Deepti Sharma 89, 8 4s and a six. Wow. Ireland need 251 @5.02 RPO. See you soon!
PERFECT START FOR INDIA!!
First ball of the new innings, and it’s a wicket! Ireland 0-1! Shikha Pandey takes one, lbw.
End of 2 overs, Ireland 2-1!
Kim Garth is out to bat. In the first match, she scored a 63 and took 3 wickets to be named Player of the Match. What this game?
Ireland 4-1 after 2! Isobel Joyce 2, Garth 2.
PANDEY STRIKES AGAIN!! Kim Garth is gone, bowled through, Ireland 7-2! (5)
This time, Ireland’s saviour in the last match is not able to do much! She departs for just 2 runs, and Irish captain Delany walks out to bat!
Good drive from the skipper Laura Delany, the ball goes to the covers for a boundary, Ireland 15-2 in 7!
10 overs gone, Ireland 15-2! RR 1.5, Ireland really struggling to score. India keeping things really tight, good line, tight fielding, Ireland forced to defend on the front foot most balls. Pandey 2-2.
Ekta Bisht into the attack. She’s bowling right on the money.
And she opens with a maiden. Ireland 15-1, 11 overs up!
ANITHER FALLS! 3 down!! Beautiful!!
Delany is there, her partner Ciara Joyce was run out. (Joshi-Verma) Caught short at the keeper’s end, she has to go! 12 overs, 18-3!
Delany goes! 20.2, that’s 35-4!
50 comes up. 25.4 overs, it’s 54-4. 15 yr old Gaby Lewis is the new batter. (Batter because the dictionary doesn’t recognise batswomen yet, it’s a long word, and batsman would be weird. Despite the fact that comms. are started to call them “batsmen” too.)
Joyce has been playing some solid shots down the ground and to mid wicket, all of which have found the ropes. Good cricket here, and from both sides. India keeping the fielding very tight, 25 overs into the second innings!
27 overs, it’s 65-4. Joyce has 4 boundaries to her name. The Run rate has come up to 2.4 for Ireland. A definite batting improvement! Joyce 30 (47)
India’s bowling card looks very appealing. Most economies are under 2, Pandey’s got figures of 2-11 in 6 overs, Poonam Yadav has been a touch expensive, going at 3.6 an over, 18 runs in her 5 overs.
End of 28 overs, Ireland 70-4!
28.1: Oh, dear, dear, dear! Joyce is stumped at her crease off a Yadav delivery, Krishnamurthy behind the stumps, and Ireland have now lost half their side! 70-5! Joyce 31 (50).
Another one bites the dust! Ireland’s required Run rate is climbing up to 8.5 an over, and it may seem right now that Lewis is going to be left stranded at one end! Ireland lose another, 71-6!
Oh, Ireland are in big trouble now.
Deepti Sharma tosses the ball up, inviting Waldron to pick it up, and that’s just what she does: chips it up, a sweet shot to the midwifery boundary, but no, it’s not a six! Clever field deployment from the captain, who’d just placed Mansi Joshi at the boundary there. She’s about 20 cms from the ropes, she takes a skier catch. Good stuff. Ireland down a hole, Claire Shillington has to walk, she’s gone for a duck, it’s 71-6!
Irish wicketkeeper Waldron comes out to bat.
A dot to begin for her, Deepti Sharma completes a double wicket maiden! 71-6, 29 overs up.
Gaby Lewis hits the ball cleanly down the ground, it’s collected, and it’s a single. She’s batting well, however.
(There’s a marked difference in what one is able to report when one can actually WATCH the match one’s talking about.)
Just a single to end the 30th, Ireland are now 72-6.
Waldron’s getting some good sound as the ball bounces off her bat, but no cigar! The inner circle fielders are keeping it tight, Deepti Sharma’s bowling well, dot balls aplenty.
Going into the 35th over, Ireland need 176 runs off 96 balls. The current required run rate climbs up to 11 an over. It’s 75-6.
34.1: A nice, flighted delivery from the bowler, but it dances a bit too far across the bats(wo)man’s feet. A wide is signalled by the umpire.
By the end of 39 overs, Ireland are 89-6.
Young Gaby Lewis leads the Irish resistance! She’s steadying the ship for the batting, she has 3 boundaries to her credit. She’s on 26 now, off 53 deliveries.
Ireland are losing hope and wickets. Mary Waldron goes, caught off a Bisht delivery, 40 overs up, the scorecard reads 90-7!
Devika Vaidya, deemed Player of The Match in the first match against Sri Lanka where she scored a match winning 89, comes on with the ball.
Tidy over from her, Ireland 91-7 after 41.
Oh, is that it, is it all over, Lewis is deceived, Poonam Yadav’s ball goes through her defences, and through her stumps. She’s gone for 33. No chance for Ireland now. Laud a young performer’s innings, she leaves Ireland at 114-8, 47 overs down.
Oh, another goes, Kenealy, done in by Vaidya’s bowling, Ireland’s resistance at the other end departs for a fighting 20 off 30, with 2 boundaries and a six, Ireland 9 down.
Last over of the match, Vaidya has the ball, first ball, here goes!
Oh, it’s just a formality. The ball goes through McCarthy, and Sushma Verma clips the stumps. There’s no reaction from the batter, she turns to walk, the defeat had registered in so long ago.
That’s it, that’s the game, Ireland 125 all out, India win by 125 runs.
Thirushkamini is named Player of the Match for her outstanding 113 not out, with 10 fours and a six.
That’s it, India sit comfortably at the top of Group A table, with 3 out of 3 wins to their name to qualify for the Super Six stage. They’re still to play Zimbabwe on Monday, that’s their last match.