Mannat Kashyap and Archana Devi help India U19 storm to Super Six

India has had a spectacular World Cup so far, having registered wins in all of their group stage matches especially the one versus Scotland at Benoni in Group D taking the cake. Scotland lost all their three matches but would still be proud of their unstinted efforts to make it this far, winning the qualifying matches en route to the World Cup that has given them a lot to take away.

Mannat Kashyap picks 4 Wicket Haul against Scotland U19. PC: Getty Images
Mannat Kashyap picks 4 Wicket Haul against Scotland U19. PC: Getty Images

In today’s match, India won the toss and decided to bat first. Experimenting with a different opening combination with Shafali Verma and G Trisha ahead of the Super Six matches turned out to be a good experience as the latter top-scored with a maiden fifty. Although losing Shafali Verma early on was not ideal, the innings by Trisha offset that loss. After Sonia Mendhiya was dismissed for 6, Richa Ghosh joined Trisha and played more of an anchor role and after the duo was dismissed, Hrishita Basu with their reputation of big hits and Shweta Sehrawat, the immensely talented batter who is displaying her flexibility in the batting toyed with the Scotland bowling scoring a quickfire 31 off 10, an inning laced with 4 boundaries and 2 sixes to help India post a mammoth 149/4. Katherine Fraser who has been making the right noises for the longest time stood out with her two-wicket haul.

Scotland was in for the run chase and lost Ailsa Lister early on for a run-a-ball 14, Darcey Carter looked to attack from the get-go but Emma Walsingham was dismissed for a golden duck that rocked Scotland’s pursuit of the total. As their middle order succumbed to India’s bowling, the match just seemed to go further away from them as Sonam Yadav, Archana Devi and Mannat Kashyap decimated the Scotland batting with their 2, 3 and 4 wickets respectively ensuring that they were skittled for 66 guiding India to an 83 run victory.

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Mannat Kashyap for her figures of 4/12 was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ recognition.

Brief Scores – IND 149/4 in 20 overs (G Trisha 57, R Ghosh 33, S Sehrawat 31; K Fraser 2/31) defeated SCO 66 all out in 13.1 overs (D Carter 24; M Kashyap 4/12, A Devi 3/14)

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