India take on Lanka with an eye on semifinal spot
India have won all three of their matches in the ongoing ICC?Women's World Cup so far.
Derby - The Indians, enjoying good run, would certainly start as overwhelming favourites against Sri Lanka, who have looked below-par in the tournament so far with three defeats from as many matches
High on confidence after three wins on the trot, India would look to continue their unbeaten streak and take another step towards a semifinal berth when they face a lowly Sri Lanka in the ICC Women's World Cup on Wednesday.
The Indians, enjoying good run, would certainly start as overwhelming favourites against Sri Lanka, who have looked below-par in the tournament so far with three defeats from as many matches. If there's anything called momentum in cricket, it is with the Indian team at the moment.
"We definitely will look into the fact that we don't lose wickets back-to-back because that puts a lot of pressure on the incoming batters as well as the team. We need to work on our partnerships as batters," Indian skipper Mithali Raj said.
"In terms of bowling, the spinners have been doing well, (against Pakistan) the pacers looked better than the last two games so it depends which wicket we play on against Sri Lanka. If it's a fresh wicket, then we have different plans for it," she added.
Having comprehensively won last four ODI series - whitewashing Sri Lanka and the West Indies at home before beating South Africa in the finals of the World Cup qualifier as well as the quadrangular series - besides three wins in the round robin stage of the ongoing event, the Indian women would not want to lose the rhythm at any cost.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are yet to taste victory. They lost to New Zealand by nine wickets in the tournament opener before being handed a eight-wicket thrashing by Australia and another seven-wicket defeat by England.
The Lankans would rely heavily on Chamari Athapaththu to make a difference against the formidable Indians.
Athapaththu stole the limelight in the first two matches, scoring 53 against New Zealand and an unbeaten 178 against Australia, one of the best innings in the history of women's cricket.
The only batter with 200-plus runs in the competition, Athapaththu would be looking to make a contribution to the team's winning cause tomorrow.
"At the moment India is doing really well so we'll definitely have to play very good cricket against them to win. As a team though we're in good condition, we are batting really well compared to the last few years," Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera said.
"We managed to get over 200 against Australia and England, which is a big thing for us. We'll be trying to do our best as a team against India," she added.