The Indian team under the leadership of their dashing batter Harmanpreet Kaur will start favourites against arch-rivals Pakistan when they lock horns in their second encounter of the ICC Women’s World T20 on Sunday (November 11).After a comfortable 34-run victory against New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament, Team India will be riding high on confidence. It was a clinical effort by the entire team led by the skipper Kaur who scored her maiden T20I ton (103) and youngster Jemimah Rodrigues (59), that laid the foundation of an emphatic India win.
In the last edition of the World T20, Pakistan managed to register a shock victory over India, and the latter would like to set the records straight this time around. The current Indian attack, batting or bowling, looks head-and-shoulders above their opponents. That clearly showed in Pakistan’s 52-run defeat against Australia.
Coming into the World T20, batting is clearly India’s strong suit and the batters will look to continue to do the job for the team, like they did against the White Ferns in the first game. India put up a tall total of 195 in that game without using the services of Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma. This just goes to show how deep India bat.
The conditions in Guyana will assist the slow bowlers, and India is again likely to go with four spinners to make the most of the opportunity. In the match against New Zealand, Indian quartet of Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Dayalan Hemalatha wreaked havoc and bagged eight wickets, with fast bowler Arundhati Reddy bagging only one. Indian spinners could again dominate the proceedings on Sunday against a frail-looking Pakistan batting.
The only grey area for the Indian team has been its fielding. Though Deepti took two stunners against New Zealand —Maddy Green and Leigh Kasperek — consistency in what is required in the catching.
Pakistan does boast of quality spinners in Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar and Anam Amin, but they leaked 140 against Australia. It would be difficult for them to stop the Indian batsmen, who like to take charge against the spinners and dominate proceedings.
That’s not it. It is Pakistan’s batting that has been letting them down. In their first encounter, none of the Pakistani batters managed to score over 30. The seniors in the team — Bismah Maroof and captain Javeria Khan will have to take the responsibility to score runs against strong Indian bowling line up.
This is a sort of a match, where India will have a chance to test their bench-strength and give a chance to the girls who missed out in the first match. Pooja Vastrakar, who is by far India’s quickest bowler and a powerful hitter, could be roped in. Also, Raj and Deepti could be promoted in the batting order to test their form.
All in all, the match against Pakistan could be an easy affair for India, unless the former play out of their skin and produce a special effort.
The match begins at 8.30pm IST.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Poonam Yadav, Mithali Raj, Arundhati Reddy, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav.
Pakistan: Javeria Khan (captain), Aiman Anwer, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Zafar, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Nida Dar, Sana Mir, Sidra Nawaz, Umaima Sohail.
First Published: November 10, 2018, 4:24 PM IST