India up against an upbeat England

Awed by the majestic Dhauladhar Ranges, the Indian and English camps were also aware of a tough contest that will unfold at the scenic HPCA stadium in Dharamsala.

India skipper Mithali Raj is expecting a tough match when her side takes on England on Tuesday.   -  PTI

The backdrop can be a distraction. The Indian girls took their time to settle into the ‘nets’, as they were taking selfies with the majestic Dhauladhar Ranges in the background. “The girls have been watching the mountains; they are still not into the nets,” said India skipper Mithali Raj in a lighter vein at the pre-match interaction ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 fixture here.

For England skipper Charlotte Edwards, the feelings were no different. “It’s the most beautiful ground I have been to… We played recently at Cape Town and that is a very big compliment. We are loving it here, probably more like England. The scenery is unbelievable. The pitch looks fantastic. We are hoping it would be a good game of cricket tomorrow and may the best team win,” said the 36-year-old with a 20-year career in international cricket.

A hard-earned win over Bangladesh gave England an ideal start even as India fumbled against Pakistan in its opener. “Really pleased with the way we started the tournament but we have to be more intent, look to hit more boundaries. We need to improve against India,” said Charlotte.

The England skipper analysed the quality of the tournament well. “I have seen the game evolve over the years. It is nice to see so many teams now competing and everyone’s coming closer. To see Pakistan beat India was a fantastic result for world cricket. This tournament is massive for our game.”

Mithali gave England its due. “England is a very good side with some very experienced players. They have a very good batting line-up and the bowling is decent. We really have to work hard. The pitch looks a little slower. Maybe not a T20 wicket but we would adapt. Pressure can work on the mind. You need to go through such experience and I am sure the girls are now better prepared. We won’t want to change too many things.”