Smriti Mandhana’s 23-ball fifty gives India a fine headstart

Smriti Mandhana’s 23-ball fifty, the fastest half-century of Commonwealth Games 2022, got India off to a flier in their semi-final clash against England. She was eventually dismissed for 61 off 32 balls, having hit eight fours and three sixes in her quickfire innings.

With designated captain Heather Knight out with injury, England are playing the same XI that defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in their final league fixture. India are unchanged as well from the XI that humbled Barbados two nights ago. This means they are playing a combination of three spinners and two seamers along with a pace-bowling allrounder in Pooja Vastrakar.