Two wins in two matches and both have been after beating much facied opponents. India have made some big strides in the ongoing Women’s World Cup in England by beating England and West Indies in their frist and second matches respectively. The Indian team will like to continue their winning run as they take on Pakistan in their third game.
India will start favourites against the arch-rivals who have lost both their games so far and not looked challenging. Not only in the World Cup, India have been in some fine form as they beat South Africa in World Cup qualifier finals and a quadrangular series.
Not projected as the favourites to win the tournament, India began on a high note. They beat home team England by 35 runs and them humbled West Indies by seven wickets. Now, they should only get better from here.
Pakistan would be desperate to get their first win but it won’t be easy. They have never beaten India in ODIs though they have a win over themin T20 format. Sana Mir, captain of the Pakistan team, will be key if they want to cause an upset.
For India, batting has beem the biggest strength, especially opener Smriti Mandhana who has cracked a century against West Indies and made 90 against England. She has 196 runs in the tourament so far and provided some excellent start to India in both the matches.
In the match against England, she was ably supported by Poonam Raut and later by captain Mithali Raj. The captain of the Indian side has also been in good form and achieved the record of seven consecutive half-centuries. The record could have been extended to eight but she got out for 46.
In the bowling department, the spinners have been the heroes for India. Choking the opposition in the middle overs and stopping the run-flow, they have done a exceptional job. Not to forget the contributions of pacers up front.
Once again, all eyes will be on Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Poonam Yadav as India take field against Pakistan.
India: Mithali Raj, Poonam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Nuzhat Parween.
Pakistan: Sana Mir, Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Nahida Khan, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Yousuf, Sidra Nawaz, Waheeda Akhtar, Bismah Maroof.