Thirush Kamini was the star of the show as her unbeaten century helped India secure their place in the Super Six stage of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Friday.
Having won the toss and elected to bat first, India were always in control of the contest especially with the opening pair of Kamini and Deepti Sharma adding 174 runs for the first wicket.
Kamini would score 113* while Sharma would fall just 11 runs short of a well-deserved century.
Chasing 251 to win, Ireland lost opening batter Shauna Kavanagh off the first delivery of their innings and never really looked like possessing a threat to the target set by the Indian team.
Ireland would eventually be bowled out for 125 with Poonam Yadav picking up figures of 3/30 in her 10 overs. Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht and Devika Vaidya accounted for two wickets each.
Speaking after the match, Kamini said: “Getting a hundred for India is always special. It was really satisfying to get runs today when the team required a good opening partnership.”
“The ball was not coming on to the bat later in the innings so getting runs was not easy. I’d gone into the match aiming to get runs at a fair pace and succeeded in that.”
Having won against Sri Lanka and Thailand earlier, India now have three wins in as many games.
India 250/2, 50 overs [Kamini 113*, Sharma 89, Kim Garth 1/38] beat Ireland 125 all out, 49.1 overs [Gaby Lewis 33, Isobel Joyce 31, Poonam 3/30] by 125 runs.
India captain Virat Kohli is on some run of form. Before July, he had no Test double centuries to his name and now seven months later, he has four with the latest coming against Bangladesh on Friday.
In fact, Kohli now holds the record for most double centuries in successive series (four), ahead of Sir Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid (three).
Speaking after the knock, Kohli said his focus was to follow his intent while being careful with his shot selection.
“To get a double hundred, you need to bat for a long period and you need to do things right to get to that score. I think the focus was only to follow my intent,” said Kohli.
“At the same time, be careful in terms of choosing my shots. Luckily, I struck the right balance in this particular innings and it feels good to have got a big score.”
Virat Kohli starred for India again, notching up his fourth Test double century in as many matches against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Friday.
As expected, there was much praise for the skipper with former Indian batsman VVS Laxman labelling him a “modern master”.
On the other hand, former England cricketer Isa Guha tweeted: “There’s a certain degree of inevitability associated with Kohli’s batting at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra praised the performances of Wriddhiman Saha and Rahane.
Here, we collect all the top tweets from the day’s play.
There's a certain degree of inevitability associated with Kohli's batting at the moment. #IndvBan— Isa Guha (@isaguha) February 10, 2017
What a player , what a wonderful player.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 10, 2017
Virat Kohi . Speechless.#IndvBan
Both Saha and Rahane have vindicated team management's decision to back them...and not to forget that both aren't playing white ball cricket— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 10, 2017
Last IPL season Kohli scored four hundreds in 9 matches; he has now scored four double hundreds in 12 Test matches. Total mastery. #IndvBan— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) February 10, 2017
Virat Kohli averages just 12.5 once he has passes 200. Poor— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) February 10, 2017
Rahane & Saha hv come thru with flying colours making absence of Karun Nair and Parthiv non-issue.Reflects depth of talent in Indian cricket— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 10, 2017