Can India Overcome Their Phobia of Kangaroos in the Women's T20 World Cup Semifinal?
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India is all set for a crucial battle in the Women's T20 World Cup. The team played to their true potential and secured a semifinal berth in the group stage.
The upcoming match against Australia on February 23 will be a big challenge for India as they have never won against Australia in the T20 World Cup. The team needs to perform as a cohesive unit to emerge victorious.
India will face a strong Australian team in the semifinals. Australia is one of the strongest teams in the tournament, and they have won all four matches in the group stage.
Battle With Australia.
As expected, they are at the top of 'Group-A' without a single defeat. On February 23, these two teams will meet in the first semi-final match, with Australia entering as the favorite.
India has been performing better from the start of the tournament, and they took the second position in ‘Group B’. England suffered a narrow defeat in the group stage, but they won the other three matches.
India’s Performance is good
India suffered a 4-1 loss against Australia in the T20 series held in India prior to the World Cup, indicating a challenging task ahead for them. However, the team possesses the ability to reverse the tide in their favor.
Opener Smriti Mandhana is in good form in the tournament and has been performing well with scores of 87 and 52 runs in the last two innings. The team hopes that dashing opener Shefali Verma will score big in the upcoming match. If Shefali joins Mandhana, India is likely to get a good start.
Hopes are on the Openers
Captain Harman Preet Kaur's lack of form is troubling the team, and the team is expecting she will come back in these key matches.
Captain Needs to Fire.
Coming in one down, Jemima Rodrigues and middle-order batsman Richa Ghosh have been performing well, and the team is getting runs at times of need.
Strong Middle Order
All-rounder Deepti Sharma has excelled in bowling, but she has not stayed at the crease for long in batting. She picked 5 wickets from 4 matches, but with bat scored only 0, 7 runs only.
Deepti Sharma needs to fire in Batting
Among the bowlers, Shikha Pandey, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, and Pooja Vastrakar have to show their talent, if they can show their true potential then we will have a good chance.
There is no dearth of star hitters and all-rounders in Australia, and players like captain Meg Lanning, Ashley Gardner, Elise Perry, Kim Garath, and McGrath can trouble India.
Star Hitters in Australia
India is plagued by the problem of dot balls, which was also the reason for their defeat against England in the group stage. The team is looking to address this issue in the semifinals, and Captain Harman has acknowledged the need to do so.
The problem with Dot Balls
Newlands in Cape Town will be the venue for the semi-final match. India's victory in both the matches played at this ground is somewhat of a coincidence.
Luck Favours India in Newlands
Given that India won both of their matches at Newlands in Cape Town by chasing, the team that wins the toss is likely to opt for chasing in the semifinals. With the match being a semifinal, there is a possibility of a high-scoring game.
Teams may Chase if they win the Toss
In the second semi-final match, England and South Africa teams will compete on February 24.