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Pooja Vastrakar ruled out of T20 series vs Australia, uncapped Anjali Sarvani in; Devika Vaidya makes comeback | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India allrounder Pooja Vastrakar was ruled out due to an injury as selectors on Friday picked promising uncapped left-arm pacer Anjali Sarvani for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia beginning on December 9 in Mumbai. Pooja, who led India C team in the Women's T20 Challenger in Raipur, was "ruled out owing to an injury and was not considered for selection," said a statement issued by BCCI secretary Jay Shah. The 25-year-old Andhra left-arm medium pacer Anjali impressed with her tidy bowling display in Poonam Yadav-led India A's runners-up finish in the Women's Challenger earlier last month. Anjali was exceptional against India D and finished with figures of 2 for 11 from her three overs to clinch them a final spot. Overall, she bagged three wickets from four...
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Women’s Challenger Trophy at Raipur from November 20

Deepti Sharma of India celebrates after taking the wicket of Natalie Sciver of England during the 3rd Women’s One Day International between England and India at New Road on July 03, 2021, in Worcester, England. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana will captain the four teams that will compete in the Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy tournament to be held at Raipur from November 20 to 26. The event, to be played on a round-robin basis followed by the final between the top two sides, assumes significance, following the BCCI’s decision to conduct the Women’s IPL. The teams: India-A: Poonam Yadav (Capt.), Muskan Malik, Harleen Deol, S. Sajana, Amanjot Kaur, Disha Kasat, Shreyanka Patil, Saika Ishaque, Meghna Singh, Anjali Sarvani, Sahan...
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Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar named captains for Women’s T20 Challenger | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India players Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana were on Thursday named captains of the four respective teams that will feature in Senior Women's Challenger T20 Trophy to be played in Raipur from November 20. For fringe India and domestic players, the event will be a good platform to display their talent ahead of the home series against Australia next month. The inaugural Women's IPL takes place in March and that will also be at the back of the players' mind. All games will be played at Raipur's Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium. The final will be played on November 26 India A: Poonam Yadav (c), Harleen Deol (vc), Muskan Malik, S. Sajna, Amanjot Kaur, Disha Kasat, Shriyanka Patil, Saika Ishaque, Meghna Singh, Anjali Sarwani, Sahana Pawar...
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Women’s Asia Cup: Dominant India Women crush Thailand Women by 74 runs to enter final | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET: A dominant India crushed minnows Thailand by 74 runs to storm into the final and remain on course for a record-extending seventh women's Asia Cup title here on Thursday. The win over Thailand took India to their eighth straight Asia Cup final -- four each in ODI and T20 formats. Before 2012, the tournament was a 50-over-a-side affair. The semifinal contest against Thailand was always expected to be a cakewalk for India and it turned out to be so. India posted 148 for six after being sent in to bat and then restricted Thailand to 74 for 9 in the lop-sided contest. India play Sri Lanka in the final on Saturday. Sri Lanka eked out a thrilling one run win over Pakistan in the second semifinal. 𝐈𝐍𝐓𝐎 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋 🙌 🙌A superb bowling performance from #TeamIndia to beat Thailand by 7️⃣4️⃣ ...
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Women’s Asia Cup: India end group league campaign with crushing 9-wicket win over Thailand | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET: The Indian bowlers hardly broke sweat to dismiss minnows Thailand for a paltry 37 before knocking off the runs in just six overs with nine wickets in hand to top the seven-team group league in the Women's Asia Cup, here on Monday. The emphatic win was India's fifth victory in six games, with the only defeat coming in a low-scoring match against arch-rivals Pakistan. India have 10 points from six games and are expected to be joined by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and one among Thailand and Bangladesh in the semifinals. Bangladesh have a match left and they need to just win it to enjoy a better net run-rate (+0.423 after 5 games) over Thailand (-0.949 in 6 games). Sneh Rana bags the Player of the Match Award for her impressive three-wicket haul against Thailand as #TeamIndia re… https://t....
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Batting experiment backfired: Harmanpreet on India’s loss to Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET: India women's team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday blamed their shock loss to Pakistan on rejigged batting order, saying the decision to give batters enough game time before next year's T20 World Cup backfired. India suffered only their third loss to arch-rivals Pakistan when Harmanpreet's side choked for 124 in their modest chase of 138 in the Women's Asia Cup here. "It was a chaseable target. In the middle overs, we were not able to take singles and rotate the strike. We played too many dot balls," Harmanpreet said at the post-match presentation. Opener Shafali Verma continued to be rested, while Harmanpreet returned to lead the side only to bat way down at No 7 as India continued to experiment in the lead up to the T20 World Cup in South Africa next year. "I think in the m...
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Asia Cup: Struggling Shafali Verma in focus as India take on Malaysia | Cricket News – Times of India

SYLHET: Shafali Verma couldn't have asked for an easier opponent to regain her mojo as a confident India get ready to maul Malaysia in their second T20 match of the women's Asia Cup here on Monday. The game should serve as net session for Harmanpreet Kaur and Co against a Malaysian side that was thrashed by Pakistan by nine wickets in its opener. After a comfortable win against Sri Lanka, scripted by Jemimah Rodrigues, the less experienced Indian players are expected to get some game time as the team prepares for the T20 World Cup in South Africa early next year. Shafali, who has endured a dismal run, would want to come out all guns blazing and may take this opportunity to try an alternate batting approach as her natural game has not been yielding success off late. The 18-year-old has n...
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Harmanpreet Kaur moves up to fifth in ICC ODI rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Riding on her stupendous show against England, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Tuesday jumped four spots to reach the fifth spot in the ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings. She leads a bunch of India players who have made rapid gains in the rankings after the team's 3-0 sweep over England. Kaur smashed a match-winning 143 not out off 111 deliveries in the second match in Canterbury. Opener Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma have also moved up in the latest update that considers performances in the last two matches of that series as well as the IWC series between the West Indies and New Zealand. Mandhana, a formerly top-ranked batter who scored 40 and 50 in the two matches, has moved up one place to take sixth position while Sharma's unbeaten 68 not out in the third match at Lord's h...
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3rd ODI: India whitewash England in Jhulan Goswami’s last waltz | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: A fairy-tale ending befitting her glorious career marked Jhulan Goswami's last waltz as India Women beat England by 16 runs in the third and final ODI to record their first clean sweep in this country. That the feat was achieved at the Mecca of Cricket -- Lord's -- made it doubly satisfying. Sent into bat, India were all out for a paltry 169, and at that point it looked like the tourists may have fallen many runs short of making the match a memorable one for their legendary seamer, who is calling it quits after two decades of incredible service to the game. Tremendous bowling performance from #TeamIndia to seal a 3-0 series win! 👏👏Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/RwUqefmJT6… https://t.co/ELVssWtWbh— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 1664039481000However, the Indians managed to eke out a win as C...
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Navgire set for debut as India look to address finishing woes in T20Is vs England | Cricket News – Times of India

CHESTER-LE-STREET: The focus will be on the Indian women team's finishing woes with the bat when it takes on England in the first of the three T20 Internationals on Friday. After the loss in the final of the Commonwealth Games to Australia, India's second wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia was axed at the expense of some bold inclusions in uncapped Kiran Prabhu Navgire and Dayalan Hemalatha, both power-hitters. Maharashtra batter Navgire, who plays for Nagaland, hogged the limelight with her record 162 not out against Arunachal Pradesh in the Senior T20 Trophy earlier this year, after which she was roped in by the Velocity squad for the T20 Challenge. Navgire showed her power-hitting abilities by smashing the fastest fifty in the T20 Challenge in May, and it remains to be seen if she is picked...
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Tahlia McGrath plays Commonwealth Games final despite testing positive for COVID-19 | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: In a dramatic development, Australia all-rounder Tahlia McGrath was named in the playing eleven for the Commonwealth Games final despite testing positive for COVID-19. The toss was delayed slightly as the Indian cricket team only found out about Mcgrath's health status before the flip of the coin. "Cricket Australia (CA) can confirm that cricketer Tahlia McGrath has returned a positive test for Covid-19. CGA clinical staff have consulted with the Commonwealth Games Federation RACEG (Results Analysis Clinical Expert Group) team and match officials, and McGrath is taking part in today's final against India. "McGrath presented to team management with mild symptoms on Sunday and subsequently returned the positive test. She was named in the starting XI at the toss and the Interna...
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CWG 2022: India beat Barbados to enter women’s cricket semifinals | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

Powered by another sensational bowling show (4-10 in 4 overs) by seamer Renuka Singh Thakur and a crucial half-century (56 not out, 46b, 6x4, 1x6) by Jemimah Rodrigues, India cruised into the semifinals of the of the women's competition of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games in style, thrashing Barbados by 100 runs in the last, must-win Group A clash at Edgbaston on Wednesday night. Looking like serious contenders for a medal-their defeat to Australia in the opener notwithstanding, India, who scored 162-4 and then restricted Barbados to 62-8, recorded their second-biggest win in T20Is. They will now face the winner of the night game on Thursday between England and New Zealand in Group B, in the semifinals on Saturday. Apart from India, Australia were expectedly the other team to make...
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CWG 2022: India get Pooja Vastrakar boost ahead of must-win tie against Barbados | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

Fresh off the morale-boosting eight-wicket win over Pakistan, India will be further boosted by the arrival of their star allrounder Pooja Vastrakar, who has recovered from Covid-19 as the team guns for a semifinal berth when they take on Barbados in a do-or-die match of the women's T20 competition. This is the first time India will play under lights in the event. The winner will go through to the last four. Vastrakar and batter S Meghana had tested positive for Covid-19 but have joined the squad now. While Meghana played against Pakistan, it will be interesting to see if Vastrakar is fielded against Barbados. Vastrakar was a big miss for India in the opening game, as they suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of world ODI and T20 champions Australia. Our women's cricket team's firs...
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IND vs AUS in CWG 2022: Pooja Vastrakar floats ‘killing attitude’ idea, team adopts it before Aussie game

The last time India Women played tournament cricket in England, chaos ensued as they lost seven wickets inside 35 deliveries and lost the 2017 World Cup final at Lord’s by a mere nine runs. The last time they played tournament cricket anywhere was four months ago at the 2022 World Cup when a no-ball in the last over of the chase helped South Africa eliminate the 2017 runner-ups. The two results saw the team crumble under pressure in the dying moments of a big match. As they walk into another major tournament, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, captain Harmanpreet Kaur has assured that the side has put in effort to forge a “killing attitude.” “Before the Sri Lanka tour, we had a players-only meeting. I had asked all the girls, ‘what is the thing that we want to set for our team?’ Pooja (Vas...
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Harmanpreet, Mandhana rise in rankings after splendid show in Sri Lanka

Indian women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur climbed one place to 13th while her deputy Smriti Mandhana was placed ninth in the ICC Women’s ODI rankings released on Tuesday. Harmanpreet scored 119 runs at an average of 59.50 and picked three wickets in India’s 3-0 sweep of Sri Lanka in the recently- concluded ODI series. She was also named the Player of the Series for her solid all-round performance. Mandhana also had a decent show against the Lankans, having scored 104 runs in three matches at an average of 52.The other Indian batters who have progressed in the rankings chart are Shafali Verma (three places to 33rd), Yastika Bhatia (up one place to 45th) and bowling-all rounder Pooja Vastrakar (up eight places to 53rd). Among the bowlers, Rajeshwari Gayakwad was up three places to joi...
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Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana rise in rankings after splendid show in Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana. (PTI Photo)DUBAI: Indian women's team captain Harmanpreet Kaur climbed one place to 13th while her deputy Smriti Mandhana was placed ninth in the ICC Women's ODI rankings released on Tuesday. Harmanpreet scored 119 runs at an average of 59.50 and picked three wickets in India's 3-0 sweep of Sri Lanka in the recently- concluded ODI series. She was also named the Player of the Series for her solid all-round performance. Mandhana also had a decent show against the Lankans, having scored 104 runs in three matches at an average of 52. The other Indian batters who have progressed in the rankings chart are Shafali Verma (three places to 33rd), Yastika Bhatia (up one place to 45th) and bowling-all rounder Pooja Vastrakar (up eight places to 53rd). Among the...