For a facet to play their tournament-opener in opposition to hosts-cum-title contenders and emerge victorious, India girls couldn’t have requested for a greater begin to their ICC Ladies’s World Cup marketing campaign. Smriti Mandhana was beaming in confidence on her comeback path, Poonam Raut held her finish whereas skipper Mithali Raj made headlines on how she stays in focus previous to her innings (by studying a guide), but additionally by notching her seventh consecutive fifty; first such occasion in girls’s cricket. India ticked all bins to pile up a difficult rating and defend it courtesy disciplined bowling and fielding. Their subsequent conflict is in opposition to runners-up West Indies, and Mithali’s facet can be eager on holding onto the momentum.
Each staff needs to earn the coveted title in such a high-voltage match. India girls would pay attention to not getting slowed down after a spirited present of their inaugural match, and stay within the current. However, West Indies had been a shadow of themselves within the recreation in opposition to Australia. Their innings by no means acquired off to a flier and collapsed for 204 in 47.5 overs. In defence of 205, their bowlers managed to select the primary Australian wicket after the opening stand had added a 171-run stand inside 31 overs. In different phrases, they had been no match to the daunting Australians and must transfer on from the massive loss in fast time.
Test of character:
The fantastic thing about ICC occasions is that they provide time for a staff to get into the groove. However, a couple of losses within the early phases definitely push groups to the wall as properly. Equally, a staff might begin properly solely to falter within the upcoming matches (for instance, England’s semi-final exit from ICC Champions Trophy). Within the hindsight, one might finish second of their first encounter, solely to register the second highest rating in Ladies’s World Cup historical past (as proven by England girls versus Pakistan).
Everyone knows Pakistan’s excellent turnaround and present of character to win their maiden Champions Trophy title from the drubbing obtained in opposition to India of their opener. So, not all the things might stay vivid for Indian eves in the event that they get complacent. Equally, often-regarded as T20I-specialists, West Indies may also prefer to remind the world of their credentials in 50-over format. In spite of everything, they missed out on the title within the summit conflict of the final World Cup!
Type and confidence are with India, however West Indies will draw some inspiration from the truth that they’d be enjoying on the identical floor (Cooper Associates County Floor, Taunton) which hosted their conflict versus Australia. Additionally, from India’s perspective, a lot is being talked about their upcoming match in opposition to arch-rivals Pakistan. They’d need to remind their supporters to stay within the current, and never suppose too far forward.
Doubtless XI (India): Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Raut, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Jhulam Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Poonam Yadav
With their skilled campaigner Jhulan Goswami remaining wicket-less, Indian eves managed to topple England courtesy the pair of Shikha Pandey-Deepti Sharma. Certainly, they’d play the identical XI from Saturday’s conflict except an damage creeps in.
Doubtless XI (West Indies): Hayley Matthews, Felicia Walters, Chedean Nation, Stafanie Taylor (c), Deandra Dottin, Merissa Aguilleira (wk), Shanel Daley, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman, Akiera Peters, Shamilia Connell
Will probably be powerful for West Indies. They’d chorus from making many adjustments (which supplies a mistaken sign to the opposition), however might check out a distinct mixture after their heavy defeat.
P.S. Most significantly, if West Indies skipper wins the toss, she could be keen on taking the ‘proper resolution’ and forestall from what occurred within the encounter versus Australia.
(10:30 native | 09:30 GMT | 15.00 IST)
A passionate sports activities individual, Aditya Sahay lives, loves and thinks about cricket on a regular basis.