Gritty India Eyes Semi Finals Berth in Women’s World T20 Ahead of Ireland Fixture

Indian women's cricket team have had an impressive start to their International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20I campaign defeating New Zealand and arch-rivals Pakistan in their first two matches and will look to seal a semi-finals berth when they go against Ireland in group B on Thursday.

Updated: November 14, 2018 11:16 PM IST

By India.com Sports Desk

Indian women's cricket team_Picture credits-Twitter
Indian women's cricket team_Picture credits-Twitter

Indian women’s cricket team have had an impressive start to their International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20I campaign defeating New Zealand and arch-rivals Pakistan in their first two matches and will look to seal a semi-finals berth when they go against Ireland in group B on Thursday.

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The women-in-blue displayed a commendable team effort in their opening fixtures, While the game witnessed a composed effort from Mithali Raj to outclass Pakistan, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues saw off the White Ferns in a tricky match.

Going into Thursday’s match, India will be desperately hoping for their opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana to come up with a big score. After failing in the opener, Mandhana got to a decent start in the second tie but eventually failed to capitalise on it.

While Harmanpreet and Mithali are expected to form the backbone of the Indian innings, the team management will be hoping to give enough match time to the likes of the other batswomen in Veda Krishnamurthy, stumper Taniya Bhatia and Dayalan Hemalatha before the tournament enters its business end.

Coming to India’s bowling in the opening two games, it has been the spinners — Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav — ruling the roost in both the games. The spin duo of Hemalatha and Poonam shared six and four wickets between them in the two matches.

Ireland, on the other hand, has lost both their opening two matches. In the first match, they went down to Australia by nine wickets followed by a 38-run defeat against Pakistan in the second.

The batting department failed in both the matches as the batters could only manage to score 93 runs in the first match and 101 in the second match.

The bowlers also disappointed as they could only pick up seven wickets in the two matches. But the good news is that pacer Lucy O Reilly came back to form in the last match, taking three wickets.

Squads:
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.

Ireland: Laura Delany (Captain), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy OReilly, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.

(IANS Inputs)

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Published Date: November 14, 2018 8:18 PM IST

Updated Date: November 14, 2018 11:16 PM IST