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Women’s T20 World Cup: Knockout spot in contention as India braces for England

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A win against world number two England on Friday will take the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side effectively into the knock-out stage, to be competed among top two teams from Group 1 and 2.

After being put under pressure in their former two games, India will have no room for error when they take on a redoubtable England in the Women’s T20 World Cup then on Friday.

A palm against world number two England on Friday will take the Harmanpreet Kaur– led side effectively into the knock- eschewal stage, to be contended among top two brigades from Group 1 and 2.

The Indians beatarch-rival Pakistan by seven lattices before engraving a more satisfying six- gate palm against West Indies before this week.

While the binary triumphs put India in a strong position to qualify for the semifinals, it was hard- hitting teenager Richa Ghosh’s brilliance which pulled the ‘ Women in Blue ’ over the line on both occasions.

Against England, the top- order will have to give a better account of themselves. U-19 World Cup- winning captain Shafali Verma has been unfit to convert her thresholds in the event so far, giving away her gate at pivotal junctures.

Back after nursing a cutlet injury, Smriti Mandhana looked in imperious touch as she timed the ball to perfection but couldn’t go the distance.

Jemimah Rodrigues will seek some thickness while commander Kaur has also looked in good touch and has made useful benefactions though she has not scored big so far with 33 being her loftiest.

They will have to navigate England’s spin triad of Charlie Dean, Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn.

While the bowling department put up a important-advanced show against West Indies, the Indian bowlers will have to drift out of their skin against England, who have the likes teenager Alice Capsey, who’ll head into the match high on confidence after engraving the common-fastest fifty in Women’s T20 World Cup history.

Pooja Vastrakar has been emotional, participating the new ball duties with Renuka Singh while the ever- dependable Deepti Sharma sailed showcased exemplary death bowling against West Indies.

The fielding too has been patchy, with mis- fields and dropped catch marring some astral display. India can ill go the soppiness against England who are set discipline any miscalculations.

On the other hand, establishment title contenders England, like India, are also unbeaten after two games and are best- placed to qualify for the semifinals.

On the same points as India(0.590), Heather Knight and Co. lead the group owing to a superior net run rate of2.497.

The blend of youth and experience is doing the trick for the former titleholders with the likes of Capsey and Lauren Bell supporting the experience of Knight, Nat and Katherine Sciver- Brunt and Danni Wyatt. Know More Women Cricket News…

Teams :

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Devika Vaidya, Radha Yadav, Renuka Thakur, Anjali Sarvani, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Shikha Pandey.

England: Heather Knight (c), Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Katherine Sciver-Brunt, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Lauren Winfield-Hill and Danni Wyatt.

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