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The semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup are here and it is safe to say we have ended up with the four best teams of the tournament. India and South Africa qualified unbeaten while England and Australia won all but one of their matches as well.
The first semi-final is going to be played between India women and England women, a repeat of the semi-final clash of the previous T20 World Cup. India was soundly beaten by England on that occasion and would be looking for some revenge.
Interestingly, England women have a perfect record against India women when it comes to matches in the T20 World Cup and have never lost to them. There is some rain around in Sydney and that could complicate matters further.
India Women vs England Women T20 World Cup 2020 is going to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on the 5th of March 2020.
India has romped into the semi-final of the T20 World Cup winning all four of its matches. Its wins over Australia and New Zealand have shown the massive improvement made in the T20 format of the game. The biggest difference has been the form of teenage sensation, Shafali Verma.
The opening batter has been playing a very attacking brand of cricket and managing to pull it off consistently. She has 161 runs in her four innings at a strike rate of 161. That puts her at fourth in the run-scoring list, highest in terms of strike rate and she also has more sixes to her name than any other player.
England is going to target her with some short-pitched bowling but we think Shafali Verma is going to be ready.
The rest of the Indian batters have not had a great time in the T20 World Cup so far and there lies the risk. If Shafali Verma gets out cheaply, the other Indian batters need to step up.
Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Tania Bhatia, and Deepti Sharma form a pretty good batting lineup. All the players have to be at their best to be able to get past England, though.
Spin has been the trump card for India so far. Poonam Yadav leads the wicket-takers tally with 9 scalps to her name. She has been very well supported by Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Shikha Pandey as well.
India also has a couple of all-rounders that can chip in as needed.
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England struck back nicely after losing its opening match to South Africa. We also think that England would have preferred to face India in the semi-final rather than Australia so they would not be unhappy with the outcome.
England women and Inda women have played each other quite a few times recently including the tri-series in Australia just before this T20 World Cup. While England may have a perfect record against India in the past World Cups, they are not going to be taking anything for granted.
England has a strong batting side that is currently being led by Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight. Both of the players sit at the top of the run-scoring charts and are in excellent form. They are going to be the biggest wickets for England in this match.
A big test for the English batters is going to be their trial against spin. Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, and Amy Ellen Jones are all decent against spin without being exceptional.
Anya Shrubsole has been the most prolific wicket-taker for England but we think the biggest threat is going to be Sophie Ecclestone. Her accurate left-arm spin is going to test the Indian batters that have tended to be a bit ultra-aggressive against spin in the past.
Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glen, and Natalie Sciver all help form a pretty strong bowling attack.
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The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first with all the rain around.
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The conditions are a big concern for England. There is a lot of rain predicted on the day of the semi-finals without any reserve day being in place. That means if the match is rained-out then India will go through on account of having finished higher in the group stage.
It also must be remembered that ICC events require a minimum of ten overs to be bowled per side for a match to be constituted.
The pitch at the SCG should be good for batting but the outfield is going to be pretty heavy. How much of the pitch we actually get to see in play remains to be seen, though.
We think India women have the upper hand in this match. Their spinners are going to be very tough to score against at a venue where the spinners always get a bit of help. The form of Shafali Verma has covered up the poor form of a few others but we think this is the time when the senior batters could start pulling their weight as well.
Bet on India women to win.
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