About the Match
The Women’s World Cup has got off to an exciting start with a few upsets and some close calls. We now head to Taunton as India prepares to take on the West Indies in an important match for both teams. India will be looking to register their second win of the tournament and continue their recent dominance of the West Indies while the girls from the Caribbean will want to register their first points of this tournament.
India is definitely one of the dark horses for the tournament and has started off with a big victory against England. They will be confident going into this game as they have just whitewashed the West Indies at home before the tournament started.
A part of the reason why India was able to dominate England in the opening match was down to their batters. Led by Mandhana, Raut and Mithali Raj, the Indian team has a formidable lineup that can go toe to toe with the best in the world.
In fact, maybe Australia is the only other team that can boast of so many riches in their batting department.
Shikha Pandey led the way her bowling in the last match and would be expected to do the same again against the West Indies. We think that the Indian team will need to be at their best against the mercurial West Indian which is physically fitter and stronger than them.
We expect the Indian spinners to play a huge role in the game and this is where the match will be won or lost. Taunton is flat pitch, the boundaries will be brought in and there is a tendency for big scores to be made. The Indian spinners can tie down the opposition and win the match or go for runs and make things difficult for skipper Mithali Raj.
The T20 Champions are struggling to find their rhythm in this format of the game of late. They were whitewashed by India prior to this tournament and were absolutely hammered by Australia in their opening encounter.
A loss like that can kill confidence but we know that this West Indies team has the resilience to bounce back. With 4 uncapped players in their squad, the West Indies team is low on experience and will be banking on players like Stefanie Taylor, one of the best ODI players in the world, to take the lead.
We are also keen to see if 19-year-old Hayley Mathews is able to reprise some of the magic that she showed in the T20 world cup. Both Taylor and Mathews got a start in the first game but were faced with a daunting target that probably led to their downfall.
The form that these two show with the bat will probably decide the West Indie’s fate in this game.
Contrary to India who will be depending on spin for the majority of their wickets, the West Indies will be hoping to hit the Indians hard with pace. The Indian top-order has shown its adeptness at handling the fast bowlers but a couple of early wickets may put their middle order under pressure.
Pitch and Conditions
Intermittent rain has been forecast for tomorrow and it could prove to be a big factor in the outcome of this game. DLS favors the chasing team and this will mean that the team winning the toss will choose to bat second.
The pitch may have some moisture on it but will have next to no grass on it and should be a flat batting deck.
The recent record and form of the Indian team make them the favorites for this match.
Back India to win