Sydney: Firm title contenders after a sensational unbeaten run in the group stages, India will have to ensure a solid all-round performance to get the better of formidable England in the semifinals of the ICC women’s T20 World Cup here on Thursday. India have been the best side so far and they would be seeking their maiden final appearance in the showpiece’s history with a win over England on Thursday.
In the earlier seven editions, India have never reached the final but this time, they have emerged as serious title contenders after a string of superlative performances. They began with a win over defending champions Australia and since then have gathered strength with every match, beating Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to top group A with eight points from four matches.
India are dominating the side on their spin attack whereas England are stronger in their pace department. However, this track will be seamer-friendly due to the rainy conditions and India will be forced to add a seamer in their ranks. This match promises to be a thriller. If the match gets abandoned, India will progress to the Finals.
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodriguez, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatiya, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav.
England: Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Amy Ellen Jones, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn.
Team: 9:30 AM IST