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CWG 2022 - Nat Sciver, Lisa Keightley confident of bouncing back for bronze-medal match after semi-final loss

England fell again to earth with a thud as India ran proper over them and into the Commonwealth Video games gold-medal match with an exciting four-run victory in entrance of a near-full home at Edgbaston on Saturday.

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The host nation, who entered the match with multiple eye on a shot on the Commonwealth title, was consigned to the bronze-medal playoff in opposition to the loser of the semi-final between Australia and New Zealand.

That was after Smriti Mandhana’s 32-ball 61 and Jemimah Rodrigues’ wonderful ending set India up, after which Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma held their nerve on the loss of life to defend 164.

England captain Nat Sciver stated her aspect was “gutted” after their defeat.

“It will likely be a troublesome afternoon,” Sciver stated. “There’ll in all probability be just a few quiet folks, however enjoying for a medal is one thing that we have needed to do ever since we heard in regards to the Commonwealth Video games. So we’ll be out in full power tomorrow.

“It is powerful to take any loss actually, however we clearly needed to be within the gold-medal match and hadn’t thought-about not [being in it] actually. It’ll be powerful to take however I am positive we’ll hopefully overview as fast as we are able to after which actually be capable of park that and exit with the identical freedom and angle that we now have been doing tomorrow.”

A fired-up Katherine Brunt could not cover her feelings when she noticed 17-year-old Freya Kemp put down a catch at mid-on off her bowling that may have eliminated Deepti for 12. When Deepti, who added ten extra to her rating, skewed the ball straight up within the air, Brunt screamed for the sphere to go away it to her as she diverted her follow-through to her proper to finish a caught-and-bowled.

Brunt later acquired an official reprimand and one demerit level for breaching the ICC’s Code of Conduct for utilizing an audible obscenity.

“The incident occurred within the seventeenth over of India’s innings, when Brunt used inappropriate language after a catch was dropped off India batter Deepti Sharma,” the ICC stated in a press release. “Brunt admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed… so there was no want for a proper listening to.”

Brunt, who has loved a wonderful match to date with bat and ball, conceded 30 runs off her 4 overs for one wicket, whereas left-arm seamer Kemp took 2 for 22 from three. Sciver, who claimed one wicket herself, stated Brunt’s reactions had been purely heat-of-the-moment and backed her aspect to bounce again.

“Their openers are heavy boundary hitters and clearly it isn’t good once you’re getting hit for boundaries both, so the strain was on,” Sciver stated. “It is arduous within the second to not be disillusioned a few catch taking place. We’re nonetheless a unit, we’re nonetheless a crew, we’ll be again out tomorrow.”

After three overs, England had been 28 for 1 in contrast with India’s 28 with out loss and the house aspect ended the powerplay six runs behind. After 14 overs, nevertheless, each side had been identically poised on 113 for 3 and, with the skilled Sciver and Amy Jones within the center, England had the personnel to overtake the goal.

When each Sciver and Jones had been run out, nevertheless, there was an argument for selling Sophie Ecclestone after her essential 12-ball 33 not out within the final T20I in opposition to South Africa, instantly earlier than the Video games. However Lisa Keightley, England’s head coach, was snug with having caught with the comparatively inexperienced Maia Bouchier at No. 6 adopted by Brunt after which Ecclestone.

Brunt fell for a two-ball duck, caught by Harmanpreet Kaur off Rana within the remaining over, and whereas Ecclestone smashed the final ball of the match for an enormous six down the bottom, it was too late.

“In hindsight, you in all probability might say you can flip it however we’ll by no means know,” Keightley stated. “Katherine’s had such a very good match, I used to be eager to again her in after which see what she might do, however we’ll by no means know, will we?”

Keightley additionally stated that whereas the bronze-medal sport posed a special problem by way of requiring groups to play once more after dropping what would usually be a “knockout” sport, she was glad her aspect have that chance.

“There’s rather a lot to play for, getting a medal within the first Commonwealth Video games and going away with one thing is, on the flip aspect, fairly good,” she stated. “So I am positive they are going to be trying to enhance and bounce again and present how we are able to play.

“Smriti Mandhana had a unbelievable innings. I feel she in all probability hasn’t performed one higher in a giant match. She was unbelievable and good on her. She actually took it to our bowlers, who had been just a little bit off. We in all probability did not execute how we needed to, however that is cricket is not it?

“Their powerplay was actually good. India’s techniques in going sluggish, they’ve accomplished that earlier than and we have been used to it however they in all probability executed it and backed it up within the discipline.

“And we have got six new gamers inside our T20 aspect, which I nonetheless assume could be very thrilling, and a variety of gamers shall be rather a lot higher for the run and getting used to the strain can solely assist us down the observe.”

Valkerie Baynes is a common editor at ESPNcricinfo

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