Women’s Asia Cup: India’s first match will be against Sri Lanka
India had recently defeated England 3-0 in the ODI series.
Indian team has won the Asia Cup title 6 times
Sylhet (Bangladesh). Excited after a clean sweep against England, India will leave the run-out controversy behind to maintain their momentum in the Women’s Asia Cup, where they will take on Sri Lanka on Saturday. Indian women haven’t had much success in the T20 format recently, but the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side will start as the top contenders for the title in this continental competition. The match will start at 1 pm.
Except for the last tournament, India has won the title every time in the Asia Cup since 2004. He has won four titles in the ODI format and two in the T20 format. The Asia Cup was changed from ODI to T20 format in 2012. India has won it twice since then, having lost to Bangladesh in the last tournament in 2018.
Tournament being held after 4 years due to Corona
The Indian team will try to maintain its dominance in this tournament being organized after four years due to Kovid-19. The previous tournament was to be played in Bangladesh in 2020, but was postponed due to the Kovid-19 pandemic. The Indian women’s cricket team suffered a 1-2 loss in the T20I series against England earlier this month after winning a historic silver medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. But the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side made a scintillating comeback in the ODIs and took a 3-0 clean sweep to bid farewell to veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami. This series, however, was in the news for being run out at the non-strike end in the end.
Indian team will move ahead forgetting the run out controversy
Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma had run out England batsman Charlie Dean for leaving the crease before bowling the ball. Running out in this manner is considered legitimate but it is not considered sportsmanship. The Indian team will try to leave this incident behind and move forward with positive aspects.
Shefali has to score runs in the top order
As far as players’ performance is concerned, skipper Harmanpreet is in excellent form while Smriti Mandhana is also batting well but Shefali Verma, Sabineni Meghna and Dayalan Hemlata need to do well. Jemima Rodrigues, who missed the series against England due to a hand injury, has returned to the team. Richa Ghosh is also in the team who was not selected for the Commonwealth Games.
The responsibility of fast bowling will be on Renuka’s shoulders.
Renuka Singh will be responsible for the Indian fast bowling, while the responsibility of the spin department will be on the shoulders of Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad and Deepti. On the other hand, the Sri Lankan team is heavily dependent on the captain Chamari Atapattu. Chamari’s responsibility has increased with young Vishmi Gunaratne being ruled out due to injury.
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The responsibility of Sri Lanka’s middle order will be on Hasini Perera and Harshita Samarawickrama, while the responsibility of bowling attack will be largely on spinners Inoka Ranvira and Oshadi Ranasinghe. A total of seven teams in the tournament are India, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and India. Host Bangladesh is participating. Each team will play each other in a round robin format and thus play six matches. The top four teams in the league stage will advance to the semi-finals.
The teams are as follows:
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma, Jemima Rodrigues, Sabineni Meghna, Richa Ghosh (WK), Sneh Rana, Dayalan Hemlata, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Radha Yadav, KP Navgire .
Sri Lanka: Chamari Atapattu (Captain), Nilakshi De Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Achini Kulsuriya, Sugandhika Kumari, Harshita Madhavi, Madushika Metthanand, Hasini Perera, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranvira, Anoushka Sanjeevani (Wk), Kaushani Nuthyangana, Rashmi Sylva.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 30, 2022, 12:38 IST