Home > News >

ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 Preview: India face Sri Lanka in a must-win game

ICC Women's World Cup 2013 Preview: India face Sri Lanka in a must-win game

India has maintained a clean sheet against Sri Lanka in their 17 matches so far, winning 16 of them, while one was a no result © AFP

Mumbai: Feb 4, 2013  
After suffering a 32-run loss against defending champions England, Mithali Raj-led Indian team would have to pull up their socks before locking horns with Sri Lanka in a must-win game for both the teams in ICC Women’s World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday.

With all the teams in Group A having won a match each, the hosts would try to keep their dreams afloat in the series, by winning the crucial league game on Tuesday, if they want to qualify for the knock out stages.

After a comprehensive 105-run win against West Indies in the opener, the Indian eves struggled to chase down England’s target of 272 on Sunday.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, had caused the biggest upset of the tournament with their last-ball win against England but in their second match they lost to West Indies by 209 runs on Sunday.

A record opening wicket stand of 175 between India’s first-ever World Cup centurion Thirush Kamini and Poonam Raut, set up a huge total for the hosts to defend against the Caribbean island side in the first game and India would hope the openers provide them a good platform, after they missed out against England.

With vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur notching up her maiden century (unbeaten 107) in the previous game, India’s middle order would be bolstered, though other players would have to pitch in to support her.

India has maintained a clean sheet against Sri Lanka in their 17 matches so far, winning 16 of them, while one was a no result.

However, India are in no mood to take their neighbours lightly and would like to put their best foot forward in the day/night game on Tuesday.

“If we have to go inside the super six, next game is do or die for us. We are not going to take Sri Lanka lightly because on such wickets especially, it could be anybody’s game. They have done well against England. I am hoping that our team puts on a good effort as usual,” Indian skipper Mithali Raj said.
India won the toss against England and elected to field, and the no.1 ICC women cricketer said her decision would be the same if she wins the toss against the island nation.

“I will see if we are getting a fresh wicket because if it is the same condition, I will still opt to field. The way Jhulan bowled (against England), she was brilliant in her first spell, so I wouldn’t want any other pacer to get that kind of an edge. So I will still opt to field, if we win the toss,” she said.

She admitted that the bowlers need to perform better during the power play overs, as they conceded 45 runs in those five overs.

“The kind of start the bowlers have given us, getting us the first breakthrough, I only hope we don’t give away too many runs in the power play or the last session because that is where we were a little lost in the game against England.

That probably wouldn’t be happening in the next game…We will try and minimise the boundaries,” Raj said.

Her Sri Lankan counterpart Shashikala Siriwardena said her team has no option but to win the match against India.

“The net run rate will be a problem that’s why we have no option but to go and win the match against India,” she said.

As per the format, one team from the group is eliminated and a loss to India will dent Sri Lanka’s dreams, with West Indies playing England in the other game to be held in the morning at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Bandra Kurla Complex ground. The two teams have a higher net run rate than Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka would hope their openers get going and try to replicate the century stand they shared against England.

New-ball bowler Kaushalya Lokusooriya, who saved the day against England would be raring to go against India, after her wicket-less performance against West Indies, where she gave away 63 runs in her 7 overs.

Siriwardena said her side would try to improve their fielding, as it cost them heavily against West Indies.

“Our fielders let us down. I am disappointed with it.

Eighty per cent of the singles they took should not have been conceded.

“I will still tell the girls to look at the positives from last match and implement those against India. At the same time we will try and learn from mistakes (we committed against West Indies). We will try to win the next match (against India on February 5),” she said.

Teams:

Sri Lanka (probable):  Chamari Attapaththu, Yasoda Mendis, Prasadini Weerakkody, Shashikala Siriwardena (C), Sandamali Dolawatta, Dilani Manodara, Eshani Kaushalya, Deepika Rasangika, Sripali Weerakkody, Chamani Senevirathne.

India (probable): Poonam Raut, Thirush Kamini, Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Reema Malhotra, Karu Jain(w), Jhulan Goswami, Amita Sharma, Nagarajan Niranjana, Gouher Sultana, Ekta Bisht

Time: 14:30 local time | 09:00 GMT
 

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

Photos

Aaron Finch's record 156 vs England in T20I

Videos

Alastair Cook looks ahead to 3rd ODI at Nottingham

Inda tour of England 2014: Ravi Shastri remains unbeaten as manager

Ambati Rayudu has to make every opportunity count if he is to play in ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Highlights

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Highlights

MS Dhoni records most stumpings in international cricket during India-England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Michael Clarke, Nathan Lyon set for comeback in Australia-Zimbabwe 4th ODI

Live Scorecard Zimbabwe vs Australia 4th ODI at Harare: Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014

India vs England 2014, 3rd ODI at Nottingham: Statistical Highlights

MS Dhoni surprised by amount of turn in Nottingham pitch

V Venkatram roped in as coach of Jharkhan team for Ranji Trophy 2014

Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014: Australia vs Zimbabwe 4th ODI key battles

Clive Lloyd: 22 less-recounted facts about the West Indian legend

Inda tour of England 2014: Ravi Shastri remains unbeaten as manager

Statistical review of batsmen with two or more consecutive ducks from ODI debut

Ambati Rayudu has to make every opportunity count if he is to play in ICC World Cup 2015

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

667 Posts | 6 Fans

10 Most Unbeatable Records in Cricket

Eight killed, 100 injured in Pakistan clashes

Raja Natwarlal actor Paresh Rawal praises co-star Humaima Malik’s homeland Pakistan for its unique cinema!

Salman Khan has planned something with me, says Elli Avram!

Live Scorecard Zimbabwe vs Australia 4th ODI at Harare: Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014

Ebola infected monkeys said to be recovering with ZMapp

This is the only Apple iPhone 6 leak video you should watch ahead of September 9 launch

NGOs pursue education for all

Michael Clarke, Nathan Lyon set for comeback in Australia-Zimbabwe 4th ODI

Beware! sugary drinks may increase risk of cancer and heart disease

Xolo Play 8X-1100 with octa-core processor, 13-megapixel camera launched in India priced at Rs 14,999

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here