India eyes semifinals spot in Women’s World T20

India will enter the game against the Irish as the overwhelming favourite, but skipper Harmanpreet Kaur is aware that her team cannot afford to take things for granted in this mega-event.

India is on a roll having convincingly won its first two matches, including against arch-rivals Pakistan two days ago.   -  PTI

Eyeing a semifinals berth, the overwhelming favourite India will have to guard against complacency when it plays Ireland in its third Group B match of the ICC Women’s World T20 here on Thursday.

India is on a roll having convincingly won its first two matches, including against arch-rivals Pakistan two days ago.

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur declared open the tournament with her blazing hundred against New Zealand at the Providence, the same venue where India will face Ireland.

Ireland, on the other hand, has lost to both Australia and Pakistan.

India will enter the game against the Irish as the overwhelming favourite, but Kaur is aware that her team cannot afford to take things for granted in this mega-event.

Ireland cricket is known for its fighting abilities and taking it lightly will not be the way to go for India, with qualification to the last-four knocking on its doors.

Having eased past Pakistan a couple of days after the big win against New Zealand, India will nevertheless fancy its chances at the Providence.

If Kaur was the star of the opening win, the team’s most experienced campaigner, Mithali Raj, showed the way in the seven-wicket win over Pakistan.

While Jemimah Rodrigues started her T20 career with a fine half-century, the likes of Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy will look to score some runs against Ireland.

In bowling, off-break bowler Dayalan Hemalatha and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav shone with 10 wickets among them so far, and the seamers will look to get going in the coming games.

Teams (from):

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

Ireland: Laura Delany (capt), Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy OReilly, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.