… Australia to face India in gold medal showdown today
ENGLAND’S hopes of winning Twenty20 gold are over after the home side fell to a four-run defeat by India in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games.
Opener Smriti Mandhana hit 61 off 32 balls, including three sixes, and Jemimah Rodrigues made an unbeaten 44 as India posted a challenging 164-5.
Captain Nat Sciver and Amy Jones looked like they might steer England home but Jones was run-out for 31.
Desperate for runs, Sciver was also run-out for 41 as England fell short.
India will face Australia in this evening’s final while England will play New Zealand for bronze at 10:00 BST.
“I’m gutted. It’s such a small margin game, T20,” said Sciver, who has been deputising as skipper for the injured Heather Knight during the Games.
“Any loss is tough to take. We obviously wanted to be in the gold-medal match and hadn’t considered not (being in the final).
“It will be a tough afternoon, probably a few quiet people but playing for a medal is something we’ve wanted to do ever since we heard about the Commonwealth Games.”
England head coach Lisa Keightley said: “We had a few nerves out there and we didn’t take our chances – dropped a couple of catches – missed a stumping and we were just a bit messy.
“With the bat we needed someone to kick on and put India under a bit of pressure.”
Australia, the tournament favourites, beat New Zealand by five wickets with three balls to spare in the second semi-final.
Captain Sophie Devine made 53 and Amelia Kerr 40 in New Zealand’s 144-7 but it was not enough, despite Lea Tahuhu’s 3-2
Beth Mooney top-scored with 36 and Tahlia McGrath made 34 before Ashleigh Gardner and Grace Harris completed the victory in a tighter finish than expected. (BBC Sport)