Revenge will be on India’s mind as they take on England in the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World T20 on Friday after the heart-breaking World Cup final loss last year.
India went down by nine runs in a thrilling World Cup final in June, 2017 at the World Cup, which was a stepping stone for women’s cricket in India, garnering a lot of interest. Full of confidence after a strong run in the World T20 so far, the Indian women cricket team will hope to get revenge at North Sound on Friday.
The ‘Women in Blue’ have maintained an all-win record to top their group, beating New Zealand by 34 runs and Australia by 48 runs on their run to the semifinal.
India will again rely on skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who is currently leading the tournament run-chart with 167 runs from four games at a strike rate of 177 plus , is proving to be a ‘big match’ player. Against New Zealand, the captain slammed a century while posting match-winning 43 against Australia.
In the bowling department, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (8 wickets) and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (7 wickets) have given consistent performances so far.
England’s focus, on the other hand, will be on their seam attack, comprising Anya Shrubsole (7 wickets) and Natalie Sciver (4 wickets), who have been very economical, keeping Bangladesh and South Africa under 100 runs.
One of the challenges for India will be the change in venue, having placed all their group league matches at the Providence in Guyana.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Veda Krishnamurthy, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Mansi Joshi, Devika Vaidya, Anuja Patil.
England: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farran, Kirstie Gordon, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.