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BENONI (South Africa): Spin trio of Mannat Kashyap, Archana Devi and Sonam Yadav produced a sensational bowling spectacle as India beat Scotland by 83 points to cruise into the Super Six of the inaugural U-19 T20 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday.
Going to bat, India lost their star opener and skipper Shafali Verma (1) in the second round.
It was Gongadi Trisha’s valiant 57 off 51 deliveries and Shweta Sehrawat’s counter-attacking cameo 31 off 10 balls that propelled India 149 for 4.

In response, left arm spinner Manate led the show with a beautiful spell of 4-0-12-4, while off-spinning Archane Devi won 3/14 of his four overs as India beat Scotland for 66 in 13.1 overs to make it a hat-trick of victories and seal their place in the Super Six.
Sonam, 15, who also plays on the left arm, scored 2/1 from 1.1 overs to complete the dominance as India finished top of Group D with six runs from three matches. India had previously beaten South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
It was not an ideal start for India, days after posting a whopping 219-3 against the United Arab Emirates, on Shafali’s 34-ball 78 as they lost two wickets on the power play.

Shafali attempted to tackle Nayma Shaikh over the midwicket, only to be caught in the deep by Scottish skipper Katherine Fraser.
Sonia Mendhiya was the second wicket to fall on the power play, falling victim to Orla Montgomery.
Richa Ghosh (33) then stabilized the ship with Trisha in a crucial 70-run partnership down the middle.
Fraser (2/31) landed a double hit, sending Richa and Trisha down in the space of three balls to leave India in trouble at 105 for 4 in 16.5 overs.
Shweta then attacked the Scottish side with four limits and two sixes to give India a perfect finish.
Chasing, Darcey Carter (24) and Ailsa Lister (14) gave Scotland a fiery start, taking them to 40 for 1 from five overs, but Mannat toppled the Scottish batters with his clever variations to derail their pursuit.
Mannat and Archana formed a lethal mid-over partnership and quickly put Scotland down 50 for 5 from 10 overs.
From there it was only a matter of time as none of the remaining batters hit double digit scores.
Brief scores
India: 149/4 in 20 overs (Gongadi Risha 57, Richa Ghosh 33, Shweta Sehrawat 31) beat Scotland 66 in 13.1 overs (Darcey Carter 24, Ailsa Lister 14; Mannat Kashyap 4/12, Archana Devi 3 /14) by 83 short.



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