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Commonwealth Games, Day 5 Wrap: Semi-finalists decided in Birmingham

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Australia, India, England and New Zealand have qualified for the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games, with the knockout stage of the tournament commencing on Saturday.

Match 9: Australia v Pakistan

Toss: Australia opt to bat first

Result: Australia win by 44 runs

An unbeaten 141-run partnership between Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath helped Australia to a big win over Pakistan in the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

A promising start with the ball turned into a nightmare for Pakistan as Australia established their supremacy over Pakistan in a big win in the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

Having opted to bat first, Australia lost Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning in the Powerplay, and ambled along to 22/2 at the end of the six-over mark. If Pakistan thought they could tighten the screws from there, Tahlia McGrath and Beth Mooney quickly shut down such thoughts.

The duo put on 36 runs in the four overs after the Powerplay, scoring at least one boundary off each over. Aiman Anwer bowled a couple of tight overs, but the duo held on to target the opposition bowlers.

McGrath completed her half-century, and was shortly followed by Mooney, which also marked the century stand between the two. In the death overs, Pakistan had no answers as Australia plundered 58 runs in the final four overs.

McGrath remained unbeaten on 78 off 51 balls, her third T20I half-century in six innings, while Mooney made 70* off 49. 

Pakistan started off shakily in the run chase, losing two wickets in the first two overs. Bismah Maroof and Omaima Sohail tried to resurrect the innings with a promising partnership, but it didn't last long.

Sohail was cleaned up by Alana King and Aliya Riaz was dismissed soon after, running herself out after a misjudged second run.

Maroof held the innings together for a while, but once she was dismissed by McGrath getting to the three-figure mark itself appeared challenging for Pakistan. Tahlia McGrath added a third wicket to her tally to complete a brilliant all-round showing as Australia sealed an emphatic win. 

The victory means Australia finish on top of Group A in Birmingham, with their semi-final opponent to be determined after the final matches in the opposing group on Thursday.

Lanning's team knows they will play the loser of New Zealand and England in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Match 10: India v Barbados

Toss: Barbados elect to field first

Result: India win by 100 runs

Hayley Matthews talks with India players after the match
Hayley Matthews talks with India players after the match

India ensured they qualified for the medal rounds with a comprehensive 100-run victory over a disappointing Barbados.

An unbeaten 56 from Jemimah Rodrigues and cameos from Shafali Verma (43) and Deepti Sharma (34*) helped India post a big score of 162/4 and that proved too much for Barbados as they crawled to 62/8 in reply.

Kyshona Knight top-scored for Barbados with 16, while recently-retired all-rounder Deandra Dottin was out for a duck in her last international match.

Renuka Singh was the chief destroyer for India with 4/10, while Meghna Singh, Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur all chimed in with one wicket apiece.

The victory means India qualify for the semi-finals and finish in second place in Group A, with their next opponent to be decided after the final Group B matches on Thursday.

India will face either hosts England or New Zealand in Saturday's semi-finals.

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