As India smashed Scotland by 83 runs on Wednesday to advance directly to the Super Six of the first Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup, the spin three of Mannat Kashyap, Archana Devi, and Sonam Yadav put up an incredible bowling performance.

India lost their star opener and captain Shafali Verma (1) in the second over after choosing to bat. India reached 149 for 4 thanks to Gongadi Trisha’s heroic 57 off 51 deliveries and Shweta Sehrawat’s counterattacking cameo of 31 not out off 10 balls.

India Secures Super Six Berth of U-19 T20 World Cup

As a response, India bowled Scotland out for 66 in 13.1 overs to complete a hat-trick of victories and guarantee their spot in the Super Six. Left-arm spinner Mannat stole the show with a stellar spell of 4-0-12-4, and off-spinner Archana Devi claimed 3/14 from her four overs.

Mannat Kashyap (Pic Credits: Sportstar)

India won the Group D of the T20 World Cup with six points from three games and ended first. Sonam, a 15-year-old left-arm spinner, concluded with 2/1 from 1.1 overs to clinch the dominance. UAE and South Africa had previously been defeated by India.

After posting a huge 219 for 3 against UAE, riding on Shafali’s 34-ball 78, it was not the best start for India against Scotland, as they lost two wickets during the powerplay.

Richa Ghosh Was Solid in Middle Order

Shafali attempted to assault Nayma Shaikh over midwicket but was intercepted by Katherine Fraser, the Scottish captain, in the deep. The second wicket to go in the powerplay was Sonia Mendhiya, who was taken out by Orla Montgomery.

Then, in the middle overs, Richa Ghosh (33) and Trisha stabilised the ship with a critical 70-run combination. Richa and Trisha were both out in the space of three balls by Fraser (2/31) to deal India a twin blow, leaving them at 105 for 4 after 16.5 overs.

With four boundaries and two sixes, Shweta then launched an assault on the Scottish camp to win India the victory.

By Aditya Singh

An alumnus of DU and loves to follow Cricket, Hockey and Chess. Queen's gambit always declined!