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The second semi-final of the women’s WorldT20 is going to feature India and England as they attempt to reach the final and maybe lift the trophy this year. Both the sides have done very well in the group stages of the tournament.
India is unbeaten and has played beyond expectations to top a tough Group B. After wins over some of the most highly favored teams like Australia and New Zealand, India would be believing it can win this WorldT20 for sure.
England was denied a crucial point against Sri Lanka because of the rain and that increased the pressure on the side somewhat. That did not come in its way, though, as England defeated South Africa in a must-win encounter before losing the West Indies in a very tight contest.
Both these sides played the final of ICC Women’s World Cup and will renew their rivalry in the West Indies as well.
The Indian women have played an unbelievable brand of cricket in this tournament. They came into the WorldT20 with doubts over its power-hitting abilities, doubts over the bowling attack, and wondering whether there was enough experience in the side to be able to play the pressure situations with ease.
Harmanpreet Kaur and her women have proved everyone wrong by decimating all the sides that came in front of them.
The skipper has led from the front. She started the tournament with a brilliant century against New Zealand and has since played a few useful knocks as well. Playing the big matches seems to get the best out of her.
No one has hit as many runs in this tournament as her and no one has even come close to hitting the number of sixes she has hit. Harmanpreet Kaur is the one that India looks to in tough situation and her contribution will be vital in this match.
It was very encouraging for India that Smriti Mandhana finally played a vital knock in the last match against Australia. She had her share of luck later in the inning but Mandhana showed why she is such a feared opponent.
Mandhana scored the fastest fifty in WorldT20 by an Indian and top-scored with 83 runs o her name.
India will be a little concerned that Tania Bhatia has not had the best tournament so far at the top of the order. Even batters like Hemalatha and Veda Krishnamurthy have only played a few deliveries in the entire tournament.
Like any strong batting order, the Indian middle order has not had enough time in the middle and could struggle if some big names fall early.
The bowling is going to be led by the wily wrist-spinner, Poonam Yadav. She has taken 8 wickets in the tournament so far and been very impressive for India. She is a genuine wicket taker that keeps attacking the batters.
The English women are not the best players of spin so Yadav could be the real star of this match. Patil, DB Sharma, and RP Yadav all took wickets in the last match to go into the semi-final in good form.
Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav.
A close defeat against the West Indies is not the ideal way for England to come into this crucial match but the side will take solace from knowing that there was nothing much to lose. If you are going to lose a match in the WorldT20 then it would rather be one which does not affect qualification for the semi-final.
Now that England is going to face India, it knows that it has a very tough task ahead of it.
The positive thing for England is that it has tasted some success against India in the recent past. The English players will know what to expect from the Indians and what the possible gameplans are going to be.
We have a feeling, though, that England is going to be more focused on its own problems rather than worrying too much about India.
England suffered a batting collapse against West Indies and was 50 for 6 at one point of time. It took some very useful knocks from Dunkley and Shrubsole for the English side to get to a competitive total. The form of Wyatt, Beaumont, Jones, and Scover has been quite patchy.
No player from the English side has scored a fifty in the WorldT20 2018 edition. There have been a total of two sixes hit in the entire tournament by the English women. Not one player from the side has a strike rate of 120.00 or more.
These are very troubling statistics. Yes, England played one match less and was chasing small totals in two of its matches but the fact remains its batting crumbled in the one tough match it played.
England needs its top-order to fire against India otherwise it could well be out batted in this match with ease.
The England bowling has been much better. The performances of Shrubsole, Gordon, and Scover in particular standout. While Sciver and Shrubsole have been good with the new ball, Gordon has been very good in the middle.
In fact, we believe it will be the spin of Gordon that will be the biggest threat to the Indian batting. Gordon can sometimes appear like an easy target and coax the batters into making mistakes.
England’s batting is stable without being brilliant but its bowling more than makes up for it. This contest appears to be one between the Indian batting and the English bowling.
Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Lauren Winfield, Amy Ellen Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Sophie Ecclestone, Danielle Hazell, Kirstie Gordon.
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North Sound is expected to have favorable weather during the week of the WorldT20 semi-final and final matches. The pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound is a bit of an unknown at the moment. We think that the ground staff would have attempted to prepare a good batting track typical for T20 cricket but the inherent slow nature of the pitch is going to be tough to overcome.
India has played better cricket than any other team in the tournament so far. It has a good batting lineup, plenty of power, and spinners that can put the break on scoring quite effectively.
Back India to win.
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