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Women’s U-19 World Cup – India, England, Australia and New Zealand progress to the semi-finals

After 36 matches, four teams remain in the inaugural Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup. Both semi-finals will be played on Friday, January 27 India vs New Zealand followed by in the afternoon Australia against England in the evening. Here’s a look at what the four semifinalists – and their key players – have been up to so far.

India

India topped Group D by beating South Africa, UAE and Scotland. In the Super Six round, they were knocked out by Australia for 87, but bounced back from that loss with a thumping victory over Sri Lanka to secure themselves a spot in the semi-finals.

Sehrawat has been the star for India with the bat. She has the second most runs in the league and is undefeated in three of her five innings – one of which came while batting at No. 6 as opposed to the opening spot.

Kashyap missed India’s opening match but has since taken wickets in three of her four matches. Kashyap and legsspinner Parshavi Chopra are the only Indians with four bigs in the competition.

New Zealand

New Zealand won each of their Group C matches against Indonesia, Ireland and the West Indies by a margin to finish top. In the Super Sixes, they survived a scare reaction against Rwanda before crushing Pakistan. They finished second in the Super Six Group 2 thanks to a lower net run rate than England.

Plimmer has put her international experience of 13 matches to good use. She has scored 120 runs – the second most for New Zealand – with a strike rate of 157.89. She scored an unbeaten 22-ball 41 to open the bat against the West Indies, and a one-drop half-century against Pakistan.

Browning leads the batting lists for them. She has also chipped at bowling with her right arm, picking up four wickets at an economy of 2.64. She was part of the New Zealand development squad that toured India in December, picking up a three-for in the final match in Mumbai.

Australia

The inaugural Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup started with a shock, as Australia went down to Bangladesh. After that, Australia were clinical enough to make sure there were no more hiccups on their way to the semi-finals. They especially showed what they could do in the match against India, but finished second in Super Six Group 1, with India’s net run rate (2,844) superior to theirs (2,210).

Clark has made excellent use of her tall frame and has picked up nine wickets, the second most in the tournament to date. She hit the deck hard and also managed to extract enough movement to get the batters on edge. She dismissed Sonia Mendhiya and Richa Ghosh in the match against India and followed it up with a three-wicket haul against UAE.

Pelle has been a solid presence with the bat on top. She has made 130 runs in five appearances, including a half century, and has a strike rate of 130. She kept the wicket in the first three matches before handing the gloves over to Paris Hall. Hard to stop her once she gets going, as evidenced by Australia’s Under-19 Championships where she scored the second most points for New South Wales.

England

England have been clinical in this tournament. They started their campaign by knocking out Zimbabwe for 25, knocking out Rwanda for 45 and beating Pakistan in the meantime. They captained their two Super Six forays by routing Ireland and the West Indies. As a result, they march into the semifinals with a net run rate of 5,088, by far the best of any team.

Scrivens has taken the tournament by storm, scoring an impressive 269 runs at a strike rate of 137.94 including three half-centuries. In Liberty Heap, she has a dangerous opening partner – the pair added two hundred runs. Scrivens also holds the record for the highest individual score (93) in the tournament.

In Smale, England has a cunning left-handed spinner who outsmarts the opposition game after game. After gaining experience by being part of the title winning Oval Invincibles at the Hundred, Smale has returned eight wickets, the most for England. Seamer Ellie Anderson is to Smale what Heap is to Scrivens. Anderson has seven wickets and is one of only two bowlers to record a five wicket haul in the league.

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