The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side will now need not only a win against Ireland in its last group match on Monday but also a big one to have any chance of filling up the remaining semifinal spot from Group 2.
India will look to brio back from its defeat against England with a big palm against Ireland to remain in contention for a semifinal situation in the Women’s T20 World Cup in Gqeberha on Monday.
After the 11- run loss to England on Saturday, its first defeat in the showpiece, India is in alternate spot with four points from three matches behind England( six points from three straight triumphs) which has qualified for the semifinals.
The Harmanpreet Kaur– led side will now need not only a palm against Ireland in its last group match on Monday but also a big bone to have any chance of filling up the remaining semifinal spot from Group 2.
Pakistan, which lost to India in its opening match, has two points from two matches and it also has a chance to make it to the last four if it wins its last two matches. In that case, it’ll also have six points.
Presently, Pakistan, which plays against the West Indies on Sunday night, has a better NRR of1.542 than that of India, though it’s yet to face England which has a NNR of1.776.
Ireland, on the other hand, is formerly out of contention for a semifinal situation, having lost all its three matches.
To win big against Ireland, the Indian fur will need to fire, especially captain Harmanpreet and nature Shafali Verma, as both haven’t played a significant knock so far.
Harmanpreet’s scores in the three matches so far have been 16, 33 and 4, below par by her norms, while Shafali have made 33, 28 and 8.
Youthful Richa Ghosh has been the most harmonious batter for India with scores of 31, 44 and 47 not out, and she’d be looking to continue with her good form against Ireland.
After her match- winning knock of 53 not out again starch-rival Pakistan, Jemimah Rodrigues has scored 1 and 13 in the coming two matches, and she’d look to make the most out of a fairly weaker Irish attack.
An emotional 52- run knock from vice captain Smriti Mandhana, however in a lost cause, against England also bodes well for India as she can put the Ireland bowlers to brand if they fail to keep it tight.
In the bowling department, the5/15 against England– her career-stylish– should goad leader Renuka Singh to get further against Ireland while the seasoned Deepti Sharma had been the most harmonious Indian bowler so far.
India would anticipate a much better show from seasoned left- arm incentive Rajeshwari Gayakwad who’s without a gate after three matches while Pooja Vastrakar and Radha Yadav also need to contribute further than what they’ve done so far in the event.
For Ireland, top- order batter Orla Prendergast has been in good nick with 109 runs from three matches, while Gaby Lewis has scored 84 in total from the same number of matches.
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