India Women to faceoff Australia for Semi-final berth

 . Last updated on July 12, 2017, 4:18 PM
India Women to faceoff Australia for Semi-final berth
India bowler Rajeshwari Gayakwad is on spotlight for the match against Australia.


The Women World Cup is scheduled to keep going for some time. After 21 ODIs in the tournament so far, finally the first qualifier for the semi-final fixture is here. India will faceoff Australia in the first semi-final decider match. Australia’s record is far more better than that of India. However, India too is through a strong form lately. In their previous fixture against England, Australia came up with lose bowling and wobbly defense. On the other side, India is equipped with several players who are currently on top form. Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma and skipper Mithali Raj herself has knocked good runs so far. This is as per Australia’s order, quite comparable, but in bowling fronts, India achieved some discipline, in contrast to Australia.

A bowler on spotlight is Rajeshwari Gayakwad. He had a three four-wickets haul so far in her last nine ODI innings. Shikha Pandey is another attacking bet for India. Even with strong players, India’s defeat to South Africa Women is one of the bloopers for the team in the tournament. India lost by a massive 115 runs to South Africa. As Pandey said, the team will need to pull back from the defeat. She wants to put ‘attacking cricket’ to topple Australia. While India skipper Mithali Raj is busy with her strategy to form the batting line up, Meg Lanning is trying is set the bowling blips in place.

South Africa and Sri Lanka will meet head on in Tauton. The former has strong records against Sri Lanka, winning 10 times in 14 fixtures so far. In the last match, South Africa toppled the team by nine wickets and 85 balls to spare. Sri Lanka is unable to find a win this season so far, even the team has Chamari Atapattu as the second top scorer of the tournament so far. In another fixture, New Zealand and England will tussle for the semi-final berth. Both the teams are comparably strong in both batting and bowling fronts.

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