About the Match
It's a high-voltage encounter once again with India Women taking on Pakistan Women in ICC Women's World Cup. The match is scheduled to start at 3:00 pm IST on 2nd July 2017 at County Ground, Derby. India has registered back-to-back wins in the competition whereas Pakistan is yet to open its account. The past statistics, however, will become irrelevant when the two teams march onto the field on the match day. India and Pakistan have met nine times in the ODIs and two of those have been World Cup matches. India clearly has had the upper hand in the ICC tournament as they've registered wins on both the occasions. Pakistan would want to change that and will come out all guns blazing.
India is having a terrific season so far. They've won 18 out of their last 19 matches which include a superb win against England. Skipper Mithali Raj is in terrific form as she has scored seven fifties in her last eight matches. Smriti Mandhana has been a new spark in the team and is one of the reasons India have done this well in this World Cup.
Mandhana has been fluent at the top of the order and is already having a hundred and a quick-fire fifty in this World Cup. She's been ruthless at the top and hasn't thrown her wicket away. Indian spinners did extremely well in the game against West Indies. The trio of Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, and Poonam Yadav picked six wickets to demolish West Indies batting lineup.
Skills aside, emotions will be on top tomorrow when the players take the field. Indian players have the big-match experience which could come in handy for such high-voltage encounter. Indian players have the necessary skills and they'd have to couple it well with calmness to overcome this important challenge and maintain their strong position in this tournament.
Pakistan hasn't had the best of the starts to the tournament. They first lost to South Africa in their opening game where their batsmen could not rack up a challenging total and against England, their bowlers were mauled and thrashed to all parts of the ground and eventually conceded the match by 107 runs (D/L Method).
Sana Mir, their skipper bowled superbly against South Africa but failed to weave her magic in the game against England. The absence of their top batter Bismah Maroof, who has been ruled out due to the hand injury, will certainly hurt Pakistan's prospects. Their bowlers have done well, but only in patches and the same has been true for their batswomen as well.
Overall, the Pakistan team has the talent, but they lack the maturity and big-match experience. Sana Mir will hold the key with both bat and ball and her performance will govern how Pakistan fares in this match. Pakistan's players will be pumped up and will take inspiration from the men's team and Pakistan's fan would love to see the repeat of Champions Trophy final.
India - Pakistan is always a matter of nerves and the team which holds it emerges on top. Considering the form in the tournament so far, and the team on paper, India go into the match as firm favorites