After squandering a chance to win their first Group A match against Australia, India will look to improve their batting and bowling in a crucial match against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Known as a match of wide public interest due to the large number of people of Indian and Pakistani origin living in the city, the stadium is expected to be packed when Harmanpreet Kaur and Bisma lead their respective teams at the famous ground. Will be. The match where the future of their campaign in the tournament depends a lot.
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A win for either of them means a medal chance would stay alive while a loss would put one of the two teams on the brink of an early exit from the competition.
On a sunny Friday, as women’s T20 cricket made its debut at the Commonwealth Games, India, skipper Harmanpreet led the way with the bat with a 34-ball 52 and opener Shifali Verma in putting 154 on the board. K got 48 runs off 33 balls.
India had a real chance to win when fast bowler Renuka Thakur took 4-18 to outpace Australia’s top four batting line-up of Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning and Tahlia McGrath. At 49-5, India had a real chance of victory.
But apart from Renuka and Deepti Sharma, India’s bowling made errors of line and length as Ashley Gardner, Grace Harris and Alana King led Australia to a come-from-behind win.
If India are to survive in the competition, they will need better efforts from bowlers like Rajeshwari Gyakwad, Radha Yadav and Meghna Singh to prevent the Pakistan batsmen from scoring huge runs.
They may look to bring veteran all-rounder Suniya Rana back into the XI to bolster their batting and bowling along with pace all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar, who is yet to reach Birmingham due to Covid-19.
Similarly, on the batting front, they will want Smriti Mandhana to convert her starts into big scores and hope Yesthika Bhatia as well as Jemima Rodrigues to keep the momentum going on the scoreboard.
Like India, Pakistan also suffered a 15-run defeat against Barbados in their opening match. Veteran all-rounder Nida Dar holds the key for Pakistan, seen by his unbeaten 50 off 31 balls when other batsmen failed to adapt at the crease. Basma and other batsmen will have to go for some runs.
Fast bowlers Diana Baig and Fatima Sana have the ability to keep the batsmen in check with their accurate line and length. They will want their spinners like Nada, Anam Amin and young leg-spinner Touba Hasan to get some wickets to stem the flow of runs.
Although Australia vs Barbados is taking place later in the day. But fans of India and Pakistan will be eyeing the match between the cross-border neighbours, which promises to write another exciting chapter in the journey of women’s T20 cricket at the Commonwealth Games.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shifali Verma, S Meghna, Tania Sapna Bhatia (wicketkeeper), Yesthika Bhatia (wicketkeeper), Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Jemima Rodriguez, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol and Saniya Rana.
Pakistan: Basma Maruf (captain), Ayman Anwar, Alia Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gul Feroza, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muniba Ali Siddiqui, Nida Dar, Umaima Sohail, Sadia Hasan Iqbal and Touba.
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