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India secures semifinal spot at Women's T20

India secures semifinal spot at Women's T20

ICC Women's T20 World Cup, Group A, Melbourne (Junction Oval):

India 133-8 (20 overs): Shafali 46, Bhatia 23, Kerr 2-21, Mair 2-27
New Zealand 130-6 (20 overs): Kerr 34, Martin 25, Pandey 1-21
India won by three runs

India secured the first of the semifinal spots at the Women's Twenty20 World Cup after holding off New Zealand for a three-run win at the Junction Oval on Thursday (Feb 27) to improve to 3-0 in the group stage.

India survived a late scare to edge past New Zealand by three runs in a thrilling finish to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Women's T20 World Cup.

India reached 133-8, with Shafali Verma, 16, again impressing with 46.

Amelia Kerr's magnificent 34 from 24 balls then gave New Zealand hope, but they fell just short.

India are two points clear at the top of Group A with a maximum six points from their first three games.

They play Sri Lanka in their final group game in Melbourne on Saturday, with New Zealand facing Bangladesh at the same venue on Friday.