Watch : This Indian Opener’s aggressive reaction after dismissing Australia’s Beth Mooney in WT20 World cup semis!

Last night at the Newlands Cricket Ground at Cape Town, Australia earned yet another Semi-final victory against last edition’s finalists India by a close margin of 6-runs. The Women in Blue had a pathetic performance while bowling and their fielding department is by far their biggest flaw and concern.

After the success of the Indian U-19 team at the inaugural ICC U-19 WT20 World cup 2023, many expected the senior team to follow their footsteps but as of now – the wait continues. One of the players who was expected to take the tournament by a storm was Shafali Verma.

The 19-year-old captained the U-19 Indian team all the way to a world cup win but she heavily under-performed in this edition. She made a lot of new yesterday after taking the catch of Aussie opener Beth Mooney while she was playing on 54 runs.

Right after taking the catch, Shafali Verma got carried away and said a bad word in Hindi to the departed Beth Mooney. Shafali’s angry reaction amassed plenty of traction on social media and some fans are even trolling her for a terrible batting performance with the bat.

Coming back to the semi-final, India dropped catches, made mistakes while fielding, bowled loose balls and all of that enabled Australia to reach a total of 172 runs in the 1st innings. Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner’s crucial knocks helped the Aussies give a target of 173 to India.

In response, India’s top order flopped and failed to give India the perfect start in a game where it was required the most. Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia shared only 15 runs between them. Jemimah Rodrigues and Captain Harmanpreet Kaur made a partnership of 69 runs and at one point it looked as if the target was reachable.

But both Jemimah and Harmanpreet got out very unluckily for scores of 43 & 52 and it took the victory far away from India’s hands. Hosts South Africa will square off with England later today in order to lock horns with the 5-time World champions at Cape Town.