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“Why Bother Telecasting A New Game?” – Fans Express Disappointment As India Lose To Australia In CWG 2022 Opening Clash

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Team India’s campaign at the 2022 Commonwealth Games could not get off to a great start as Women’s cricket made its debut in the competition. They lost to Australia by three wickets in the opening clash on Friday, July 29 at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham. India failed to defend 154 runs on the ground, despite pushing Australia on the back early on in the chase.

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led team reduced Australia to 55/5 in the first eight overs. Renuka Singh, who was making her debut in the match, dismissed the top three Australian batters. She struck a mighty blow to the Aussies in the first over as she dismissed Alyssa Healy for a duck. Soon after, Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney too walked back to the hut.

Renuka Singh also dismissed Tahila McGrath before Rachael Haynes got out to Deepti Sharma. With five batters back in the hut, Australia seemed to be in a spot of bother. However, Ashleigh Gardner kept battling from one end. She put together a 51 runs stand with Grace Harris for the sixth wicket, to keep her team alive in the match. She finished off the game with an over to spare, as India’s bowling attack faltered to keep her in check.

Gardner remained unbeaten with 52 runs off 35 deliveries with nine boundaries at a strike rate of 148.57. Grace Harris also played a fine hand of 37 runs. For India, Renuka Singh remained the pick of the bowlers with 4/18 in her four overs. The rest of the bowling attack, except Deepti Sharma, couldn’t stop the runs.

Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to India’s loss against Australia in the opening clash of the 2022 Commonwealth Games:

India to take on Pakistan in CWG 2022 on Sunday

After a disappointing loss in their opening clash, India will be taking on Pakistan in Match 5 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The arch-rivals will batter on Sunday, July 31 at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. Before that, Pakistan will be playing its opening match against Barbados on Friday, July 29.

As per the structure of the tournament, India is in Group A with Pakistan, Barbados, and Australia. As the top two teams from the group will advance to the semi-finals, India will be keen to make a comeback against Pakistan in the tournament.

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