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Upbeat India takes on England in women's WC

cricket Updated: Mar 09, 2009 16:16 IST
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After spanking arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening encounter, confident Indian eves will look to carry forward the momentum when they lock horns with England in a Group-B match in the ICC Women's World Cup in Sydney on Tuesday.

The Indian team, led by experienced Jhulan Goswami, started their campaign in style, defeating Pakistan by 10 wickets, and the convincing win will surely add to their confidence about scrapping past the Britons.

In Tuesday's match, Indians will want to cash on the experience of bats-woman Anjum Chopra, who is playing in her fourth World Cup, to tame the English bowling attack which consists of Isa Guha and Laura Marsh.

Indian women, who fell just one step short of lifting the Cup in the last edition, seem highly confident about achieving the feat this time and winning tomorrow's match will be an important hurdle crossed to inch closer to the next round.

"Winning a World Cup has always been a dream and if we are able to achieve it then it is going to be great but our next match is the most important. It was a good start for us and it always feels good to begin with a win and then keep that momentum going," Anjum said.

The role of opener duo Anagha Deshpande and Anjum will be crucial in setting up a stiff target or chasing down a challenging score set by the opponents, who drubbed Sri Lanka in their first match by 100 runs.

Skipper Jhulan will surely not hesitate to depend on her bowling line up which crumbled Pakistani batting department for a paltry 57, thanks to a witty and stifling show.

Jhulan's new-ball partner medium pacer Rumeli Dhar scalped three wickets for just seven runs, while his teammate Amita Sharma spend only nine runs to bag two wickets in their previous match in Bowral.

But the beleaguered England is neither complacent after the thumping win in the first match, nor is worried before Tuesday's clash which is expected to be a engrossing one and hoping to replace India on top of the Group-B tally.

"India is a good side and we have never doubted that. We are focused only on our game and we know if we play to our best we can be unbeatable and we just want to play at the top of our game.

"We want to prove a point and improve in Tuesday's game," England opening bats-woman Sarah Taylor said on eve of the battle.

Although both India and England have won their respective opening matches, the Britons are figuring on the second position in the points table, thanks to the difference in net run-rate.