Women’s fours team of Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki, Nayamoni Saikia and Lovely Choubey assured India’s first-ever lawn bowls medal of Commonwealth Games history by reaching the final with a thrilling win over New Zealand in Birmingham on Monday.

Lawn Bowls Women's Fours
Lovely Choubey 
Nayanmoni Saikia 
Rupa Rani Tirkey

The team will face South Africa in the gold medal clash on Tuesday.

“We cannot express our feelings in mere words. We have fought as a team and now our journey doesn’t end here,” Tirkey was quoted as saying by PtI. “We have to play in a similar fashion against South Africa and do what hasn’t been done before.”

The Indian team put on a stunning show against New Zealand to first fight back from 1-6 down and take a 7-6 lead. From there on it went back and forth. After End 14 too, India trailed by a point. But a stunning penultimate bowl in the final End by the captain Rupa Rani Tirkey put India in a great position by knocking off NZL’s closest bowl, and that gave India a whopping four points.

The team was overcome with emotions at the end after the historic feat.