After 36 matches, four teams remain in the inaugural U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup. Both semi-finals will be played on Friday, January 27. India vs New Zealand After that in the afternoon Australia vs England in the evening. Here’s a look at what the four semifinalists — and their key players — have done so far.
India topped Group D after defeating South Africa, UAE and Scotland. In the Super Sixes round, they were bowled out for 87 runs by Australia but bounced back from that defeat with an emphatic win against Sri Lanka, thus securing themselves a place in the semi-finals.
Sohrawat has been quite the star for India with the bat. She has the second-most runs in the competition and has been unbeaten in three of her five innings – one of which came while batting at No.6, the opposite of the starting spot.
Kashyap missed India’s opening match but has taken wickets in three of his four matches since then. Kashyap and leg-spinner Parshvi Chopra are the only Indian players with four fours in the competition.
New Zealand won each of their Group C matches against Indonesia, Ireland and the West Indies comprehensively to stay at the top. In the Super Sixes, they survived a scare against Rwanda before crushing Pakistan. They finished second in Super Six Group 2 due to their lower net run rate than England.
Plummer has used his 13-match international experience. He scored 120 runs at a strike rate of 157.89 – the second highest for New Zealand. He scored an unbeaten 41 off 22 balls opening the batting against West Indies and scored a half-century at one drop against Pakistan.
Browning tops the batting charts for them. He also took four wickets at an economy of 2.64 with his right-arm seven bowling. She was part of the New Zealand development team that toured India in December and took three wickets in the last match in Mumbai.
The inaugural U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup started with an upset, as Australia lost to Bangladesh. After that, Australia have been clinical enough to ensure there are no further hiccups in the semi-finals. He particularly showed his stuff in the match against India, but in the Super Six Group 1, India finished second with a net run rate (2.844) better than his (2.210).
Clarke has made the most of his tall frame and has taken nine wickets, the second highest ever in the tournament. He has hit the deck hard and has enough movement to keep the batsmen on their toes. He dismissed Sonia Mendhya and Richa Ghosh in the match against India and followed that up with a three-wicket haul against the United Arab Emirates.
Pele has been a strong presence with the bat at the top. He has scored 130 runs in five outings including a half-century and has a strike rate of 130. He kept wickets in the first three games before giving up the gloves to Paris Hall. If she gets going, she is hard to stop, as evidenced at the Australian Under-19 Championship, where she scored the second-highest runs for New South Wales.
England have been clinical in this tournament. They started their campaign by bowling out Zimbabwe for 25 runs, bowling out Rwanda for 45 runs, and in the interim beat Pakistan. They won their two Super Six matches by beating Ireland and West Indies. As a result, they reached the semi-finals with a net run rate of 5.088, easily the best of all teams.
Scrivens has taken the tournament by storm, scoring a chart-topping 269 runs at a strike rate of 137.94, including three half-centuries. At Liberty Heap, he has a dangerous opening partner – the pair have scored two hundreds. Scrivens also holds the record for the highest individual score (93) in the tournament.
In Small, England have a crafty left-arm spinner who outplays the opposition game after game. Having gained experience by being part of the title-winning Oval Invincibles in the Hundred, Smail has returned eight wickets, the most for England. Seamer Ellie Anderson is what Smile to Hope is to Scrivens. Anderson has seven wickets and is one of only two bowlers to take five wickets in the competition.