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The Indians are on a roll, having easily sealed their semifinal berth with wins over defending champions Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand. The Lankans, on the other hand, are out of the semifinal race following two losses so far.

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While India beat hosts Australia by 17 runs in the tournament opener, they defeated Bangladesh by 18 runs before eking out a narrow four-run victory over the White Ferns on Thursday.

And come Saturday, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side would look to end its group engagements on a high when it takes on the islanders.

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But the Indians definitely have a few things to worry about, especially their below-par show with the bat, going into the business end of the tournament.

In all the previous three outings, India failed to put on big scores on the board. They managed just 132 runs against Australia, 142 against Bangladesh and 133 vs New Zealand.

India’s unpredictable middle-order has repeatedly squandered good starts to eventually settle for low scores.

In all the three matches, the bowling unit came to India’s rescue and the bailed the side out.

Heavily reliant on the brilliance of a 16-year-old Shafali Verma, the Indian middle-order has cut a sorry figure so far and it’s time senior pros like Harmanpreet and Veda Krishnamurthy step up and take the responsibility.

Opener Smriti Mandhana too has failed to join the party so far.

Verma has been impressive at the top registering scores of 29, 39 and 46 for a total of 114 from three games. But it’s high time she converts the starts into big scores.

Skipper Harmanpreet has rued the inability of her batters to capitalise on good starts and cautioned them against making “silly mistakes” in the knock-out rounds.

“It’s a great feeling when your team performs day in day out. Still we made the same mistakes after a good first 10 overs, we got a good start but couldn’t carry the momentum,” Kaur had said.

“We can’t make silly mistakes with harder games coming up. Shafali (Verma) is giving us good starts, her initial runs are crucial for us,” she added.

The Indian bowling, however, has been phenomenal in the tournament so far and played a vital role in their smooth entry into the last-four round.

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav has been the star performer for India, picking up eight wickets so far, including match-winning effort of 4 for 19 against Australia.

She has been complimented well by the likes of Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma and pacer Shikha Pandey.

Young Shafali was adjudged the player of the match for scoring a 34-ball 46 and the 16-year-old was elated with her performance.

“Feeling good, very happy with the performance, want to continue doing this. I waited for the loose balls and converted those,” said Shafali.

Teams (from):

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Taniya Bhatia, Harleen Deol, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Richa Ghosh, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav.

Sri Lanka: Chamari Atapattu (Captain), Harshitha Madavi, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sathya Sandeepani, Anushka Sanjeewani, Shashikala Siriwardene, Dilani Manodara, Umesha Thimashini.

Live Updates

  • 12:12 PM IST

    Sealed with a four! India have overhauled the target of 114 to finish the group stage unbeaten – winning their fourth straight game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.

  • 12:09 PM IST

    DROPPED! This is the third time this innings that Sri Lanka have dropped a catch. Their catching has been poor today – chipped by Rodrigues but Athapaththu fails to hold onto an easy catch.

  • 12:05 PM IST

    100 up for India – with a sweetly timed shot for four, Jemimah Rodrigues brings up India’s 100 runs.

  • 12:02 PM IST

    Over 12: Deepti Sharma slogsweeps one from Kavisha Dilhari to hit her first four of the innings. Six runs from the over take India 19 runs closer to the target.

  • 11:56 AM IST

    WICKET! Shafali Verma falls short of a fifty by just three runs after being run out on 47. Jemimah Rodrigues called for a quick single after playing one to mid-on. She almost collided with non-striker Shafali and in the process slowed her down a bit. But the fielder wasn’t slow as Madavi picked up and released the ball quickly to catch Shafali short of the crease. India lose their third wicket in chase of 114. Score 88/3 in 10.4 overs

  • 11:53 AM IST

    Over 10: A wicket but 12 runs as well in the over of Siriwardene. India need 28 runs in 60 balls with Shafali Verma batting on 46 who has just been joined by Jemimah Rodrigues.

  • 11:51 AM IST

    WICKET! Harmanpreet Kaur takes the aerial route but this time fails to connect properly and the ball balloons high in the air before safely nestling into the hands of Hansima Karunaratne. She scored 15 off 14. Siriwardene strikes for Sri Lanka. India 81/2, chasing 114

  • 11:46 AM IST

    Over 8: Harmanpreet Kaur joins the fun with four, six and four off consecutive deliveries of her Sri Lanka counterpart Chamari Attapaththu. 15 runs from the over. India are bossing this chase now. Score 67/1, chasing 114

  • 11:37 AM IST

    Over 6: Shafali Verma tees off in the final Powerplay over. She smacks a four, six and a four off successive Siriwardene deliveries. India 49/1, chasing 114. Shafali sprints to 31 off 21. Batting alongside her is captain Harmanpreet Kaur (0*)

  • 11:33 AM IST

    WICKET! Sri Lanka finally manage to hold onto a catch. Udeshika Prabodhani strikes as Smriti Mandhana holes out to Kavisha Dilhari AT mid-on. Mandhana scored 17 off 12. Score 34/1, chasing 114