The Indian women’s team has continued the winning momentum in the T20 Women’s World Cup by winning two group matches against Australia and Bangladesh. Defeating Australia & Bangladesh.
However, after winning the 2018 World Cup group game against New Zealand by 34 runs, India has also lost three successive matches to the White Ferns during the 2019 tour of New Zealand and would now be aiming to requite the losses in Thursday’s match at the Junction Oval.
The 2018 T20 World Cup match was the much awaited one as India did not get a chance to play against New Zealand in the last three editions(2012,2014 &2016). Captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored a brilliant century, which included 7 fours and 8 sixes in 2018.However, it would be a new challenge for Harmanpreet as she is yet to find her form in the ongoing tournament. In her last five innings, she has failed to cross even the 20-run mark and has not looked in form.
Smriti Mandhana could only make 10 off 11 balls against Australia in the tournament opener. Shafali Verma made 39 off 17 balls with three 6s and two 4s and a strike rate of 229.14. Till the sixth over, the batter puzzled Bangladesh’s best bowler Jahanara Alam. Shafali made 29 off 15 with five 4s and one 6 against Australia. Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues have also made markable contributions in both the matches.
However, their strike rates haven’t been high and that could be a concern against the White Ferns. The Indian batting order needs to be looked at again in order to face the big match pressure in their run up to the semi-finals.Scalping a total of seven wickets in the last two matches, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav has been successful in breaking the jinx for Team India, taking 4 wickets against Australia and three against Bangladesh.
Indian bowlers have not been tested as yet in the first two matches. However, they can be up for a challenge against the White Ferns who have quite a few big-hitters in their line-up.