Knight, Sciver and Jones lead England into final

England 116 for 2 (Jones 53*, Sciver 52*) beat India 112 (Mandhana 34, Rodrigues 26, Knight 3-9, Gordon 2-20, 2-22) by eight wickets
Eight wickets in hand, 17 balls remaining. Margins of victory can occasionally mislead, but this wasn’t one of those occasions. England bossed India in every department at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, as they produced a masterclass of adapting to unusual conditions to deny India a maiden appearance at a World T20 final. England, who last won the tournament in its inaugural edition in 2009, will play their fourth final on Sunday, and meet Australia for the third time in the title match.
England’s spinners laid the foundations for their success, with Sophie Ecclestone, Danielle Hazell, Katie Gordon and Heather Knight finishing with combined figures of 7 for 71 from 13.3 overs.
First, they gave England a measure of control, after Smriti Mandhana’s calculated risk-taking had left India the happier side after the Powerplay. Then, after Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur had threatened to take the game away with a flurry of boundaries in the 12th and 13th overs, they ripped through the lower middle order – a problem area right through this tournament – sending India hurtling from 89 for 2 to 112 all out.
It was certainly a below-par total, but few would have predicted England chasing it down in such a friction-free manner. It helped that they knew their target, which ensured they were never forced into undue risk, and that India’s passive fields diminished the wicket-taking threat of their spinners.
But it also helped that Amy Jones and Natalie Sciver, who steered England home with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 92, were so clear in their thinking and methodical in their execution of simple, common-sense plans. Those plans largely revolved around using the depth of the crease to pull, swat and muscle singles into the leg side as India’s spinners, digging a trench on a shortish length and a wide line outside off stump, put long-on, deep midwicket and deep square leg on the boundary and for most part bowled without a single-saving fielder in front of square on that side of the wicket.