In her last 15 innings, Mithali Raj has scored 833 runs at an average of 104.12. In the recent warm-up match, Raj once again hit a fluent 85. Going by the signs, things are definitely looking up for the captain and her side.
Towards the end of the innings, the Indian bowlers might have hoped for some reverse swing to keep the batsmen in check but that too was nullified because the wicket at the Oval is a new one and the outfield too is lush green.
In a span of a couple of overs, the entire complexion of the match changed as the Sri Lankan fielders dropped as many as two catches off the bowling of Lasith Malinga. The culprits were Thisara Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna.
India's thumping win over Pakistan set the ball rolling for the men in blue and from thereon they were expected to get into the semi-finals riding high on confidence. However, Sri Lanka recorded an extraordinary win to bring the blues back to reality.
As grey clouds continue to loom over the future of the Champions Trophy - already two warm-up matches and one between Australia and Bangladesh (which saw only one side bat the full quota of 50 overs) have been marred by rain. This has left spectators at the stadium and those at home visibly irked.
While Australia looks supremely confident, New Zealand had a mixed outing in the warm-up matches. They suffered a hammering at the hands of India but against Sri Lanka Martin Guptill smashed a brilliant hundred to take the Kiwis to a much-needed win.