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India start firm favourites against Pakistan

Press Trust of India  |  Providence (Guyana) 

After a near perfect beginning, the Indian women's team will be overwhelming favourites against arch-rivals in its second group league encounter of the ICC World T20 here on Sunday.

Not considered among the top T20 teams in the world, produced a power-packed performance, winning the opener against a formidable side by 34 runs after Harmanpreet Kaur's 51-ball 103.

With momentum firmly on India's side, the 'Women In Blue' would like to set the record straight after losing to their arch-rivals in the 2016 edition at home.

However, since that loss in Delhi, have played thrice across two editions of Asia Cup, winning all the battles.

That lost by a comprehensive 52-run margin to in their lung opener will also give an upperhand during Sunday's encounter.

The best aspect about India's performance against 'White Ferns' was young Jemimah Rodrigues's matured effort. With her going for the jugular, 18-year-old Rodrigues just tapped for singles giving the bulk of the strike. Yet, she managed to hit seven boundaries at a strike rate of 130 plus.

So much so that veteran Mithali Raj's services wasn't required during the Indian innings.

The Providence Stadium track proved to be helpful for the slow bowlers with India using as many as four of them in off-spinners Deepti Sharma and Dayalan Hemlatha, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and left-arm orthodox

The spinners accounted for eight of the nine wickets with lone seamer picking the other scalp.

Against Pakistan, India might be tempted to use a second seamer in either Mansi Joshi or Pooja Vastrakar.

The Pakistan team has some quality players in Javeria Khan, veteran spinner and all-rounder Bismah Maroof. Against Australia, the Pakistan batting simply fell apart chasing a target of 153.

Not a single batter could cross the individual score of 30 with Bismah's 26 being the top scorer. The bowlers were also off the mark during the first eight overs when and took them to the cleaners with a 72-run stand.

Sana's off-day (0/32 in 4 overs) was one of the factors for Pakistan not being able to contain during the initial overs.

Come Sunday, they will have an onerous task at hand against the high on confidence Indian outfit.

Squads:

India: (captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Poonam Yadav, Mithali Raj, Arundhati Reddy, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar,

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

Match starts 8.30 PM IST.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 14:00 IST
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