Hamilton: The Indian team, which has been performing its ups and downs so far, will face Bangladesh on Tuesday to keep alive its hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup. The Indian team has not been able to perform consistently well so far. They have won two matches out of five matches but also lost three matches.
He had to face defeat in both the last matches against England and Australia. India’s problem is that the team has not been able to perform as a unit. Sometimes the batsmen walk, the bowlers are not able to perform as expected and when the bowlers raise their hopes then the batsmen fail.
In the last match against Australia, the batsmen played well but the bowlers did not work, as the Australian team achieved a record target of 278 runs. Earlier, against England, the Indian team was out for 134 runs. India had given Shafali Verma a chance in the last match by dropping all-rounder Deepti Sharma but it did not help.
Harmanpreet Kaur, who has found great rhythm in the batting, has not been used as an off-spinner yet. It remains to be seen whether faith in Shafali is kept for the crucial match against Bangladesh or Yastika Bhatia then opens the innings with Smriti Mandhana.
The positive aspect of the match against Australia was skipper Mithali Raj’s re-scoring. She had not played in the two matches before this. Mandhana will also try to play a big innings against Bangladesh. India is now in such a position that it cannot make the mistake of taking Bangladesh lightly and all-rounder Sneh Rana believes so.
Sneh Rana said, “The atmosphere is positive. Morale breaks after a loss but we are in a good mental state before tomorrow’s match. We will play to win, the run rate comes after that.” He said, “Bangladesh has reached here on the basis of good performance. He is continuously improving. No match in this World Cup is easy.”
Bangladesh has given a tough challenge to all the team till now while it has been successful in defeating Pakistan. Bangladesh could not achieve the target of 141 runs in the last match against West Indies. His bowling is good but batting is a matter of concern for him. “We have to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes we made in the last match,” Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana said.
The teams are as follows:
Bangladesh: Nigar Sultana (Captain), Salma Khatoon, Rumana Ahmed, Fargana Haque, Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana, Fahima Khatoon, Ritu Moni, Murshida Khatoon, Nahida Akhtar, Sharmin Akhtar, Lata Mandal, Shobhana Mostri, Fariha Trishna, Suraiya Azmin, Sanjeeda Akhtar Meghla. India: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh Thakur, Tania Bhatia (wk), Rajeshwari Gaikwad Poonam Yadav. The match will start at 6.30 am Indian time.