Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj (Credit: ICC)

Mithali Raj struck a half-century as India posted 146/5 in their third match of the ICC Women’s World T20 against Ireland on Thursday. Mithali scored 51, her second successive half-century of the tournament and 17th overall, before falling in the penultimate over.

After the opening pair of Mithali and Smriti Mandhana had laid a solid foundation for a big total, Ireland pulled things back in the death overs. India managed just 36 runs from their final five overs apart from losing four wickets in them.

Ireland captain Laura Delany opted to field and India openers began cautiously before teeing off. The pair added 67 runs in 10 overs when Kim Garth outfoxed Mandhana with change of pace to have her bowled for 33.

Mithali benefited from two dropped catches to compile a composed half-century. She struck four fours and a six during her stay. Jemimah Rodrigues got the start, hitting three fours in her score of 18 before being stumped off Delany.

At 109/2 and with 30 deliveries to go, the stage was perfect for the big-hitting India captain Harmanpreet Kaur to blast off. She landed the first blow, smacking Elimear Richardson for a six over long-on. However, she ended up holing out off the very next delivery to walk back on 7.

Ireland bowlers did well to keep India batters quiet. Kim Garth was the pick of the Irish bowlers with figures of 2/22 from four overs.

Should India beat Ireland, they will secure their passage to the semi-finals from Group B.

Brief Scores: India 145/6 (Mithali Raj 51, Smriti Mandhana 33) vs Ireland (Kim Garth 2/22)