India will aim to take one step closer to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Cup when they take on mighty Australia in their penultimate round robin clash here at the Bristol County Ground on Wednesday.
For Australia, a strong net run-rate means the situation is not yet alarming, but India faces this match, followed by a clash with New Zealand, knowing that it almost certainly has to win one of these games.
Shikha Pandey came back into the side against South Africa, and explained that the team is very aware of the precarious position in which it finds itself.
She said, "We need to pull ourselves back from the defeat. The best cricket that we can play is there, so hopefully it will come against Australia.
"Our initial breakthrough has been a concern for us.
"Even before the World Cup started, we said that we were going to do our best and not have to depend on other teams.
"Obviously, all that now comes into the picture, so we'll do what we do best - that is winning the next two games, and then we'll see what happens."
For Australia, Wednesday's game is a return to Bristol where England sneaked a three-run victory on Sunday in skipper Meg Lanning's return from injury.
She scored 40 in that game before falling to Alex Hartley, and Lanning is keen for an immediate response.
"Going forward, we need to look at the types of bowlers that are tying us down, Alex Hartley had a good game but perhaps we could have bit a put more pressure on her.
"We've spoken about it a fair bit as a bowling unit trying to minimise those extras and 32 wides is way too many and something we are going to have to improve on moving forward."
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Alex Blackwell, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani and Amanda-Jade Wellington.
India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smrti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Poonam, Nuzhat Parween, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma and Sushma Verma.
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