India and Australia women’s teams met on Thursday (February 23). This was the semi-final match of the ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2023. In this match, the Indian team had to accept a close defeat by 5 runs. However, let us take a look at the reasons behind this defeat of the Indian team.
The1. Bad fielding-
The biggest reason for the defeat of the Indian team was the poor fielding of the team. The Indian team conceded many runs while fielding from the very first over. Around 10-12 salvageable runs were conceded to Australia by the Indian fielders. Also, Shafali Verma caught Ashley Gardner, who scored an aggressive 31 runs, for just five runs.
2. Mistakes made by wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh-
India’s wicket keeper Richa Ghosh has been seen performing excellently in the World Cup so far. However, in this semi-final match, many minor mistakes were made by her. Australia captain Meg Lanning dropped her catch when she was only one run away. Lanning made an unbeaten knock of 49 runs. Also, she missed two opportunities to justify.
3. Failed Opening Pair-
Chasing a huge total of 173 by Australia, India needed a good opening. However, opener Shafali Verma was dismissed for 9 off 6 balls and Smriti Mandhana for 2 runs off 5 balls. This put a lot of pressure on India’s middle order.
4. Irresponsibility of Harmanpreet Kaur-
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who had completed her half-century as the Indian team cruised towards victory, was run out due to carelessness. While doing the second run, she was seen running very slowly. At the same time, the Australian wicketkeeper Hilly showed agility and dismissed her.
5. Lack of finishing-
Indian team needed 30 runs in the last three overs. However, Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana could not play the big shots. With both of them maintaining a strike rate around 100, it became difficult for India to reach the target.
(Five Reasons Why India Womens Lost In T20 World Cup Semi Final Against Australia)