Women world Cup semis & Aus W vs Ind w Final
Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:51 pm
Ind w vs ENG w
SA w vs Aus
Ind w vs ENG w
SA w vs Aus
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Harmer wrote: ↑Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:51 pm March 5
Ind w vs ENG w
IndW vs EngW, Sydney
Toss delayed due to rain
14:32 Local Time, 03:32 GMT, 09:02 IST: Live pictures aren't encouraging at all. It's absolutely bucketing down at the moment and we're told that it's been raining all morning. Glum faces in the England camp, they know that they need a game to have a chance of making the final. Remember, a minimum of 10-overs-a-side is needed according to the new regulations to have a shortened game. More information coming up. Cut-off time for toss is 16:36 local, 11:06 IST and for game to start is 16:51 local, 11:21 IST.
ICYMI: In case of a no result, India and South Africa will make it to the final by virtue of finishing higher on the points table. And to top things, there isn't a reserve day.
14:23 Local Time, 03:23 GMT, 08:53 IST: It's the business end of the tournament, a.k.a knockout time! All that these semi-finalists have done earlier in the tournament counts for nothing, as it's all about how they fare in this clash and the final (if they make it). India have been largely untroubled and it's no surprise that they ended up winning all their four games. Harmanpreet's side look a force particularly batting first, as their spin-pronged attack love to use scoreboard pressure on these Aussie grounds. Their opponents, England, have also won their games defending scores and so, one of these sides will have to do what they don't like, in this game. Plenty of sub-plots and battles to look out for, but the biggest of them is the weather. It's raining at the SCG at the moment and the forecast for the day is ominously bad. Let's hope that we are able to get a game in each of the two semifinals. We'll keep you posted on the updates as and when we get them. For now, the toss is certain to be delayed.
Centerstage- With rain looming large, how are the semis shaping up?
So here we are, near the pointy end of another ICC World Cup with the playing conditions under the scanner. Two weeks of built-up tension could all be released in a thunderclap at Sydney. Unlike the boundary count rule last year, the "no reserve days for T20 WC semifinals" will not enthuse many an England supporter. For if it continues to bucket down in Sydney as it has been forecast to and as it did on Tuesday, India will rain dance their way into their first-ever T20 WC final simply virtue of their superior group-stage record.
Yet, if things don't unravel so dramatically off the field, then the first semifinal at the Sydney Cricket Ground has the potential to produce a seismic event on it. The cup is not yet on the line, but there's arguably something more significant, at least from India's perspective. Heather Knight and Co. proved to be one hurdle too steep for a constantly-improving India to scale at Lord's and at Antigua - in each of the last two World Cups. So, beyond the contest that pits the No.1 T20 bowler - Sophie Ecclestone - against the No.1 batter - Shafali Verma - there are mini-battles that will have psychological undertones.
Will Veda Krishnamurthy change her approach if it comes down to her in a pressure chase? Will India's famed spin attack freeze again at the sight of Nat Sciver? Will Anya Shrubsole run in with an extra spring in her step at the sight of an Indian batter?
The T20 WC has eluded England since they won the inaugural edition in 2009. They have made it to the summit clash on three other occasions and finished second best to the old enemy Australia. Their progress to the final-four this time, though, has not been without some early palpitations. It started on a queasy note when they were beaten by South Africa in the opener. That meant they had to grit their teeth and fight past Thailand, Pakistan and the West Indies to get the qualification job done. Their top-order performances have been choppy but Sciver's sizzling form has since renewed their conviction that when all falls in place, this could well be their year once again.
Standing in England's way is the country that has set the bar this World Cup. In fact, India have had blemish-free group stage runs for two straight T20 WCs now. But unlike in the Caribbean, where Harmanpreet Kaur accepted that they'd surprised people with their run to the semis, India have carried the weight of growing expectations on their back during this impressive run, a fact that lends further credence to the exemplary feats of the young Poonam Yadav and Verma. Form hasn't yet been a friend to two of their big-name players, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, but who's to say Thursday won't see two performances to match their burning ambitions?
When: India vs England, ICC Women's T20 WC 2020, 1st Semifinal, 04:00 GMT; 09:30 IST
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
What to expect: As per the playing conditions at ICC tournaments, a 10-over-a-side encounter is a must for a complete game. Should the rain clouds somehow conspire to avoid congregating over the SCG ahead of the iconic venue's first game of this tournament, the two think-tanks will have big calls to make - at the toss and with their selections. India could be forced to move away from the spin-dominant attack by the overheads and chasing could suddenly become the more pragmatic solution given the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern factors, breaking the bat-first-in-big-matches doctrine. A shortened game could also force teams to load their heavy hitters at the top of the order.
Away from the Poonam-Shafali narrative, Taniya Bhatiya has had a storming World Cup behind the stumps - effecting a tournament-high nine dismissals. Her batting position though has been less assured with the team alternating between using her as an opener/one-drop or as as a No.8. Curiously, her English counterpart - Amy Jones - has endured the same fortunes. Her batting position, in all likelihood, will once again be determined by the match situation.
Shikha Pandey (7 wickets at ER 5.3) is another Indian going through a quietly brilliant World Cup despite operating as the lone seamer in the last two games. She could, however, be reunited with Arundhati Reddy for this game if the rains leave the pitch with some added spice.
Probable XI: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad/Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav
England have used only 12 players of their squad through the World Cup - a contrast to India's 14 - and will vary of changing their XI for a knockout game. But they have the option of a young seamer, Freya Davies, who is capable of playing as a smart support act to the Brunt-Shrubsole seam combo.
Probable XI: Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Fran Wilson, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers/Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn
Did you know?
- India have a 4-16 record against England in all T20Is. They did, however, beat Heather Knight's side once in the tri-series before this World Cup.
- Poonam Yadav is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament so far with nine scalps. But, in seven T20Is against England, she has taken only five wickets at an average of 29.60 and SR of 30.0 - both the worst for her against an opponent in the format.
- India's spinners have taken most wickets in the tournament so far - 21 - while England spinners have been the most economical conceding at 4.33 runs per over.
What they said:
"After losing the last semi-final, as a team, we realised that we have to work as a unit, and right now you will see that our team is working as a unit and we are not reliant on just one or two players." - Harmanpreet Kaur
"Poonam Yadav is a massive threat for them and is an improved bowler since the last World Cup. We've practised for her a lot, I thought we played her outstandingly in the last T20 WC and that was due to the preparation we had." -Heather Knight
India Women Squad: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia(w), Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Richa Ghosh
England Women Squad: Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight(c), Fran Wilson, Amy Ellen Jones(w), Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Georgia Elwiss, Lauren Winfield, Kate Cross, Freya Davies