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Dominant India face Pakistan in ICC Women's World T20 (Preview)

IANS  |  Georgetown (Guyana) 

On a high after a resounding 34-run winning start over in their ICC Women's World T20 campaign, a confident will aim to continue their domination over arch-rivals when they face off at the here on Sunday.

and women have played each other 10 times with winning eight times and the other two. India also hold the upper hand in World T20 events, winning three of the five encounters so far.

Going in to Sunday's high-octane clash, India will be hoping for a repeat of their show in the opener against

led from the front with a blistering maiden T20I ton (103 from 51 balls) to help India post a mammoth 194/5, their highest ever T20I total before the bowlers got into the act to restrict the White Ferns to 160/9.

But despite the win, India do have concerns in their batting order, especially at the top of the order after stumper failed to justify her promotion to open the innings along side Smriti While Bhatia fell for nine, too got out cheaply after scoring just two runs.

It will be interesting to see if and Harmanpreet decide to back veteran to open the innings along side against Pakistan.

Mithali opened the innings for India in the two warm-up games against England and the scoring 18 and 0 respectively.

But the women-in-blue will take heart from the efforts of Harmanpreet and rookie Jemimah Rodrigues, who forged together a match-winning 134-run fourth wicket stand to dig India out of a troubled start. Rodrigues, in the process got to a brilliant half century off a mere 40 balls.

The bowling department is also expected to keep up their decent work, specially the spin duo of and Poonam Yadav, who shared six wickets between them in the previous match.

On the other hand, Pakistan will be itching to bounce back from the opening 52-run loss in the opener against AUstralia, specially considering their good form in the two wins in the warm up fixtures against and

Against Australia's 165/5, Pakistan failed to get going after being initially reduced to 31/3 and later their lack of big hitters cost them dear to be eventually restricted to a meagre 113/8.

It will also be interesting to see how Pakistan's bowlers handle the onslaught from the Indian power-hitters in Harmanpreet and Co.

Squads:

India: Harmanpreet Kaur(C), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, (WK), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar,

Pakistan: Aiman Anwer, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Javeria Khan (C), Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sana Mir, Sidra Ameen, Sidra Nawaz (WK), Bismah Maroof.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 16:54 IST
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