Melbourne: The Indian team defeated New Zealand by a close margin of 3 runs on Thursday to enter the semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup. The foundation of victory for India in all three matches was laid by the young batsman Shefali Verma of 16 years. Shefali unceremoniously opened the innings and delivered sixes of the opposing bowlers. Playing in the World Cup for the first time, Shefali started the World Cup in three matches with the bat, which no one else could do.
Shefali played a blistering innings of 46 off 34 balls against New Zealand on Thursday and played a key role in helping Team India reach a score of 133 runs in 20 overs. While other Indian batsmen were seen struggling, Shefali Verma batted in the style of Virender Sehwag and gave away sixes to the opposing bowlers. In three matches, her name was set to record such a World Cup record of batting. She has become the highest run-scorer in T20 World Cup history. She has scored 114 runs in 3 matches in the tournament so far with a strike rate of 172.72.
In the first match of the tournament against Australia, Shefali smashed 29 off 15 balls. Her strike rate during that innings was 193.33. At the same time, against Bangladesh, she scored 39 runs in 17 balls with a strike rate of 229.41. After this, for the third consecutive match, she played his innings of 46 off 34 balls with a strike rate of 135.29, bringing her average strike rate to 172.72.
Two consecutive Player of the Match titles
Shefali was adjudged Player of the Match for the Indian team in 2 of the last 3 matches. She was awarded the first Player of the Match award for his 17-ball 39 against Bangladesh. For the second time in a row, She has been given to play 46 runs in 34 balls against New Zealand.
Shefali, who has scored the most runs and sixes in the tournament, has reached the first position in the list of players who have scored the most sixes in the current T20 World Cup. England captain has reached with Heather Knight in terms of scoring the most runs. Both have 114–114 runs. At the same time, in the case of sixes, he is in the first place with 8 sixes. It is followed by Sri Lankan captain Chamari Attapattu with 4 sixes in second place.