BCCI secretary Jay Shah has expressed his support for the Indian women’s cricket team following their defeat in the first semi-final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. Despite a heartbreaking loss against Australia, Shah praised the team for their performance on the field, calling them “true warriors.” The match, held on Thursday, February 22, saw India fall short of the target by just five runs after a strong start from Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, posting a total of 172/4 in their 20 overs. India struggled in the early stages of their chase, losing three quick wickets within the power play. However, Rodrigues and Kaur put up a strong partnership, keeping the scoreboard ticking over with an aggressive style of play. Unfortunately, Kaur’s run-out, following a mistimed upper-cut from Rodrigues, proved costly for India as they finished with a total of 167/8 in their 20 overs.
Despite the defeat, Shah was proud of the team’s fighting spirit and tweeted his support for the Women in Blue, writing, “We stand with you.” With the win, Australia secured their place in the final, which will take place on Sunday, February 26, against either England or South Africa. India, on the other hand, will have to wait for another opportunity to claim their first world cup title in women’s cricket.