England’s bid for Commonwealth Games cricket gold is OVER as they lose by just four runs to India in thrilling semi-final – and will now face either Australia or New Zealand in bronze medal match
- England failed to chase down the 165 set by India at the Commonwealth Games
- India will now face either Australia or New Zealand in a bid to win the gold medal
- England skipper Nat Sciver admitted that a defeat had not occurred to her side
England’s bid for a Commonwealth Games gold medal was ended after they fell agonizingly short in a nerve-jangling run chase against India at Edgbaston.
Set 165, which would have been their highest successful T20 chase on home soil, England needed 12 from the last two balls but Maia Bouchier could only get a single off the penultimate delivery.
There was little in the way of consolation when Sophie Ecclestone cleared the rope off the last ball as England lost by four runs, with India entering the final to face either Australia or New Zealand.
Three run-outs from the established top-six for England saw them fall to a disappointing loss
The hosts now face the prospect of a bronze medal clash with either Australia or New Zealand
England must therefore dust themselves off for a bronze medal match on Sunday against the losers of the other semi and captain Nat Sciver admitted the prospect of defeat had not occurred to them.
‘I’m gutted. It’s such a small margin game, T20,’ said Sciver, who has been deputizing 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. We’ll be out in full force for that.’
Smriti Mandhana’s 61 off 32 proved invaluable as the Indian side now have a chance to claim their tenth gold of the games so far