India takes on Windies in crunch encounter

It has to beat the West Indies in its last group outing at the PCA Stadium here on Sunday and will hope for an England victory against Pakistan. The English women’s victory will be essential for the host’s progress.

Indian Women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj addressing media persons at the PCA stadium on the eve of the match against West Indies in Mohali on Saturday.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

The convoluted plot in Group B of the women’s World T20 offers an array of possibilities about which two teams can make the cut for the semifinals.

India, with two points from three matches, is also caught in the net of probabilities. It has to beat the West Indies in its last group outing at the PCA Stadium here on Sunday and will hope for an England victory against Pakistan. The English women’s victory will be essential for the host’s progress.

Both India and the West Indies have experienced similar fates with their batters failing to realise their potential on slower tracks.

India, which defeated Bangladesh but lost to Pakistan and England narrowly, will hope to put on a healthy total on the board. “There will be loads of runs. Surely, the pitch won’t play as slow as the one in Dharamshala, so we are looking forward to a good match,” said India captain Mithali Raj on Saturday.

“We have to again perform as a unit. We need to improve on things which we haven’t done in the last two matches — batting, bowling and fielding in crunch situations. We have done well in patches; we need to be more consistent.”

West Indies, which recorded wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh before the last-ball loss to England, is also trying to make up for the lost ground.

The Caribbean bowling, led by off-spinner Anisa Mohammad who completed her 100 T20 international wickets in the tournament, has served the side well and will be key in its contest against India.

Emotional about her team’s defeat to England, West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor said there was no point brooding over the past. “Going into tomorrow’s match, we could look at the positives from the last match and implement them. Just go there and try our best to win to be in contention for a semifinal spot,” said Stafanie.

“We know the vibes in the team are still good. We have a good team and could bounce back,” added the West Indies skipper.

The teams (from):

India: Mithali Raj (capt.), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Thirush Kamini, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Niranjana Nagarajan, Shikha Pandey, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, V. Vanitha, Sushma Verma (wk), Poonam Yadav.

West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (capt.), Shakera Selman, Merissa Aguilleira (wk), Shemaine Cambelle, Shamila Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt.