Confident India Eager To Upset Australia

James Marshall
July 19, 2017

Reigning champions Australia will be aiming to keep alive their hopes of a record-extending seventh World Cup, while India will be looking to reach the showpiece game for the second time, having lost to Australia by 98 runs in the 2005 final in South Africa. Because in the first two games, she could give brisk starts to the team and Mithali (Raj) was solid in the middle overs.

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"We've played a lot of the group stage here, four games, so we are aware of the conditions and that is our advantage".

The match will also provide the Indians a chance to avenge their morale-shattering eight-wicket loss to Australia in the round-robin stage just a week ago in Bristol. To upset Australia the Indians will have to excel in all departments of the game. Now, we look at the five players whom Women in Blue can depend on when they will take on Australia.

The Indian bowlers then shot out New Zealand for meagre 79 to register a morale-boosting huge 186-run win. This has helped her to not only control the scoring rate but has also aided India by scalping wickets at regular intervals.

India: Mithali Raj (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Sushma Verma (WK), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween, Deepti Sharma.

"It's all about how the teams respond to the situation and the conditions on the day", she said.

But she agreed that she was disappointed with the results and was expecting the team to win against Sri Lanka, the West Indies and India. I think she's been great with the bat and very good with the ball as well.

Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.

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