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World T20: Buoyant India women eye second win in other Pak encounter

world t20 Updated: Mar 19, 2016 00:45 IST
HT Correspondent
ICC Women's World T20

Indian women’s cricket team members Mithali Raj (C), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (L) and Veda Krishnamurthy during practice ahead of their ICC World T20 match against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Be it men or women, when it comes to playing World Cups, India hold the edge over Pakistan, who have never beaten them in the men’s category but the women have a game to their name.

On Saturday, Pakistan will look to add another win to their kitty. The hosts, who will play in Delhi after a victory against Bangladesh in Bengaluru in the tournament opener, are the favourites though.

Sana Mir, the Pakistan skipper, said the good blend in the side was crucial. “For any team, a blend of seniors and juniors is very important. If you see, we have a perfect blend in the team and everybody’s role is defined,” said Sana, who praised youngster Anam Amin after her four-wicket haul against the West Indies in a losing cause.

Besides the senior players, including the skipper, the team has several young faces. In their last match against West Indies, the batting failed to click as a unit. The side lost by four runs and wasted left-arm spinner Anam’s brilliant effort.

Pakistan women’s team captain Sana Mir (R) during a practice session. (Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Sana admitted the batting was not at par with the bowling. “The team has a better bowling line-up. We need to bat well in order to stay in the tournament,” she said.

While Sana has a rich haul in ODIs and T20Is, the only batswoman to hold an average of over 25 is Bismah Maroof. The middle-order specialist contributed 22 against the Windies but could not see her team through. She will be expected to show her skill against a good bowling line-up like India’s.

While the men’s match in Kolkata will be a high-voltage clash as both sides look equal on experience, the India women are better in every department.

Skipper Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur are in form and have been scoring heavily. Against Bangladesh, they ensured India reached a sizeable 163 in 20 overs. The equation could get a little difficult as Pakistan played four spinners against the Windies and restricted them to 103.