Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup: Shafali Verma, Shweta Sehrawat’s blitzkrieg help India crush UAE | Cricket News

BENONI (South Africa): Skipper Shafali Verma cracked a searing 78 on the open Shweta Sehrawat shone with an unbeaten 74 as India edged the United Arab Emirates by 122 points in the first U-19 T20 Women’s World Cup Monday.
Shafali (78 off 34 balls) was at her destructive best and teamed up with an equally belligerent Sehrawat (74 off 49 balls) before Richa Gosh hit a 29-ball 49 to help India post an imposing 219 for three at Willowmoore Park.
Indian bowlers then limited the United Arab Emirates to 97 for five, with the result showing the chasm between the two sides.

With this win, India cemented their top spot in Group D.
Invited to bat, Shafali, who has already played more than 70 international matches for the senior team, including 51 T20Is, and Sehrawat, sewed up a stand of 111 runs for the first wicket.
Sehrawat made her intentions clear from the first round, and after playing two points, she hit three boundaries to plunder 12 points.
Shafali followed suit in the next game as she also hit three fours. The 18-year-old got the first Indian innings maximum in the fifth.
Shafali was the aggressor in the partnership as she toyed with the opposition, pushing the boundaries at will. She raised her 50s in style with a four.
The UAE bowlers looked distraught as Shafali sent the ball to the fence 12 times and four times during his fiery 34-ball innings. After hitting three sixes and a four in five, Shafali’s searing shot came to an end as she was caught from range.
Sehrawat, who went undefeated on 92 in the previous game, played the role of foil anchor to perfection. She raised her second straight half century and looked in complete control.
Misfires and missed takes only added to the UAE’s woes as they handed up to four reprieves to Richa, who was promoted to number three.
Chasing a target of over 200, the UAE fly-half rose to the challenge as Theertha Satish found the limit four times in the first round.
However, the accusation was short-lived as Shabnam MD kicked her out to the fifth ball. Fellow fly-half Lavanya Keny scored a laboriously slow 54-ball 24, but the UAE never looked in contention.


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