Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of ICC Women’s World T20 2016 Warm-Up Match between India and Ireland at at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. This is Sakshi Gupta and I will bring you all the updates regarding the match. India and Ireland will be led by their regular skippers, Mithali Raj and Isobel Joyce respectively. India women are coming off from excellent show in the last couple of months. Mithali Raj and Co won a historic series both in Twenty20 International (T20Is) and One-Day International (ODIs) Down Under in December 2015. Following that, India defeated Sri Lanka at home again in both the formats. READ: India vs Ireland, ICC Women’s World T20 2016 Warm-Up Match: Preview

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 118/9 in overs 20 | Target 148 | Batting: Lucy O’Relly 5(7), Ciara Metcalfe 1(1): INDIA WIN!!!! That’s it, the Indian women have convincingly win the warm-up tie by 29 runs. The final wicket to fall was Robyn Lewis, who fell for mere 10 Anuja Patil, after being stumped by Sushma Verma. OUT! Robyn Lewis st Sushma Verma b Anuja Patil 10 (10)

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 104/8 in overs 18 | Target 148 | Batting: Robyn Lewis 1(1), Lucy O’Relly 0(3): WICKET! This time, it’s Mary Waldron, who falls for an unfortunate duck owing to an unfortunate run out as Lucy O’Relly makes her way in. OUT! Mary Waldron run out 0 (2)

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 103/7 in overs 17 | Target 148 | Batting: Robyn Lewis 1(1), Mary Waldron 0(2): WICKET! A couple more down as Isobel Joyce and Kim Garth make their way back of consecutive deliveries as Joyce is run out for 28, while Garth falls for 3, as Robyn Lewis and Mary Waldron make their way in. It’s more or less over for the Irish. OUT! Isobel Joyce run out 28 (30), Kim Garth c Sushma Verma b Niranjana Nagrajan 3 (5)

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 94/5 in overs 15 | Target 148 | Batting: Isobel Joyce 21(24), Kim Garth 2(2): WICKET! Another wicket down as Laura Delany is on her way back, after being caught by Ekta Bisht off Niranjana Nagrajan, while Kim Garth makes her way in. Still a close game to call. OUT! Laura Delany c Ekta Bisht b Niranjana Nagrajan 3 (7)

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 89/4 in overs 13 | Target 148 | Batting: Isobel Joyce 19(19), Laura Delany 2(2): WICKET! This time, Niranjana makes a breakthrough, not a wicket to her name but a run out. Just when the Irish begin to make a partnership one of the Indian bowlers strike. Dalton is the new victim, who failed to make it to the crease. Three singles to end the 13th over. OUT! Cath Dalton run out Niranjana 37(30)

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 74/3 in overs 11 | Target 148 | Batting: Isobel Joyce 15(14), Cath Dalton 28(25): Niranjana comes in for her first over now, 6 runs off it. Decent start for the medium pacer. From here, Irish need another 74 off 54 balls with 7 wickets to spare. India’s pick of the bowler today, Pandey has finished three overs and is left with 1. Mithali will save that for the end.

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 53/3 in overs 8 | Target 148 | Batting: Isobel Joyce 5(4), Cath Dalton 17(17): The restriction overs come to an end, Mithali Raj can now go for a more free field placements. Poonam Yadav comes in for her first over.Gives just three runs. Good start for the spinner. Deepti comes in next, and makes a breakthrough immediately. Indian skipper makes no mistake,  takes a simple catch. Joyce hits back hard, FOUR of the next delivery. Deepti gets her line and length right, two dots to end the 8th over. OUT! Garth Lewis c Mithali Raj b Deepti Sharma 4(7)

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 35/2 in overs 5 | Target 148 | Batting: Gaby Lewis 1(1), Cath Dalton 7(9): OUT! Shikha Pandey strikes in two consecutive overs. Shillington gives a return catch to Pandey to leave Ireland in trouble. With both the openers back into the dug out, the women in green are suddenly on the back foot. Pandey so far has done 2 overs, 2 wickets and given 12 runs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad also has been introduced, two overs bowled so far, giving away 11 runs. OUT! Clare Shillington c & b Shikha Pandey 21(14)

Live Cricket Score | Ireland women 14/1 in overs 2 | Target 148 | Batting: Clare Shillington 1(3), Cath Dalton 0(1): Anuja Patil and Shikha Pandey with the ball from either end. Pandey strikes early, dismisses Joyce on her very fifth delivery of the innings. Blow for Ireland, similarly India had lost a wicket early but they happened to recover later. It will be interesting to watch if Ireland manages to do that. 4 runs off the second over, dot ball, Shillington will take strike now. OUT! Cecelia Joyce c Poonam Yadav b Shikha Pandey 5(4)

Live Cricket Score | India women 145/4 in overs 20 | Batting: Smriti Mandhana 71(52), Anuja Patil 0(1): THAT’S IT!!!! India finish on a good total of 145 as they lose just four wickets, with the lates being Veda Krishnamurthy, who falls for 26 to Kim Garth after being caught by Laura Delany. Garth finishes as the top wicket-taker, with 3 for 16, while Smriti scores her half-century. Can the Irish chase it down? OUT! Veda Krishnamurthy c Laura Delany b Kim Garth 26 (19)

Live Cricket Score | India women 111/3 in overs 16 | Batting: Smriti Mandhana 47(39), Veda Krishnamurthy 17 (9): GONE!!!! Harmanpreet Kaur is the next to fall as she is caught by Isobel Joyce, while Robin Lewis claims the wicket, as Veda Krishnamurthy makes her way in., although they get past the 100-run mark. OUT! Harmanpreet Kaur c Isobel Joyce b Robin Lewis 24(31)

Live Cricket Score | India women 86/2 in overs 13 | Batting: Harmanpreet Kaur 23(28), Smriti Mandhana 40(33): No harm done ans both the batsmen continue to bat with ease, piling more pressure on the Irish bowlers. However, India just need to increase their pace of the run in order to put up a big total on board.

Live Cricket Score | India women 59/2 in overs 10 | Batting: Harmanpreet Kaur 14(22), Smriti Mandhana 27(24): India bring up their first fifty in the 10th over. Harmanpreet takes a single on the firts delivery and India touch the 50-mark. Joyce is the bowler, India bags another four runs from bye runs, the keeper could not stop that one. Another three singles off the next four balls. Smriti takes a single on the last ball, will keep strike.

Live Cricket Score | India women 35/2 in overs 7 | Batting: Harmanpreet Kaur 7(13), Smriti Mandhana 11(12): Garath comes in for her third over, fortunately not a wicket this time but bowls an excellent over giving just one run. Kaur takes a single on the last ball, keeps strike. FOUR! Finally a boundary, must have released little pressure off the Indians. Power-play overs end, 6 runs off the 6th over. Ireland hands the ball to Ciara Metcalfe. Good over for India, a boundary and three singles off it.

Live Cricket Score | India women 21/2 in overs 4 | Batting: Harmanpreet Kaur 0(1), Smriti Mandhana 4(6): Kim Garth strikes for Ireland twice, in two successive overs. Both Indian openers Mithali Raj and VR Vanitha have been dismissed early in the innings. The wickets fell inside 3 overs, giving Ireland a great start in the first warm-up match of ICC World T20 2016. Both the batswomen were dismissed giving an easy catch to the keeper. OUT! Mithali Raj c Mary Waldron b Kim Garth 11(11), OUT! VR Vanitha 2(6) c Mary Waldron b Kim Garth

TOSS UPDATE: India won the toss, elected to bat. 

India women next face Sri Lanka women and Ireland face Bangladesh before the main event commences on March 15. The opening day will again see India in action, locking horns with Bangladesh and with the second game going to be between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. While the warm-up matches will not be televised, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to televise women’s matches for the first time in the history of the tournament.

Recently, Mithali was asked if the Indian women team can finally go par with the likes of Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal in terms of popularity in India. “It should, and there is a possibility if our matches are televised. That attracts a lot of brands and corporate sponsorships for individual players. If only a few games are televised and you don’t have a follow-up, like no live coverage of the Sri Lanka series after the Australia series, where we did so well, things will not improve,” she said.

Squads:

India: Mithali Raj (c), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Thirush Kamini, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Niranjana Nagarajan, Shikha Pandey, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Vellaswamy Vanitha, Sushma Verma, Poonam Yadav

Ireland: Isobel Joyce (c), Cath Dalton, Laura Delany, Kim Garath, Jennifer Gray, Cecelia Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Kate McKenna, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy O’Reilly, Clare Shillington, Mary Waldron