India look to seal Super Six berth

Mumbai, Feb. 3 -- Once openers MD Thirushkamini and Poonam Raut settled into their nets session after India warmed up on Saturday, they unleashed a series of flamboyant strokes.

Some connected, some didn't, but the intent was clear - to maintain the momentum from the crushing victory over West Indies.

On Sunday, the confident hosts will take on defending champions England in a Group A clash of the Women's World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium.

Openers Thirushkamini and Raut, who put on a record 175-run partnership against the Caribbeans, will look to come good again on the same batting-friendly wicket to ensure the middle-order steps up the run rate.

India would have closely followed England's opening game on Friday, where Sri Lanka handed them a last-ball defeat.

Victory will seal India's spot in the Super Six stage.

Light artillery

Indian skipper Mithali Raj pointed out that the bowling attack they will face on Sunday will not be formidable.

"They have got a good batting set up, but I don't think they are strong in bowling, other than Katherine Brunt. They look to her for breakthroughs," she said.

"We played England last year. Most of our batters are comfortable against their bowlers," said Raj, whose comments should boost her team mates.

"The track for tomorrow is hard and looks like a concrete wicket," she added, hinting that she would look to set England a target.

But they expect England to come back harder to ensure they stay in contention for the next round. England skipper Charlotte Edwards said, "We have got no choice but to come out and win. We have got some experienced players who will just do that."

Other matches: Australia v South Africa, New Zealand v Pakistan

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.


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