Its confidence on a high after the impressive win over title holder Australia, India will look to carry forward the momentum against a plucky Bangladesh in its second Group A match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup here on Monday.
Jemimah Rodrigues and 16-year-old promising opener Shafali Verma, who hit a typically aggressive 29 off 15 balls against Australia, were not a part of that Asia Cup team and the duo will need to play crucial roles if India wants to beat Bangladesh.
In the last five meetings between the two sides, India leads 3-2 on head-to-head record and a win on Monday will take it closer to the knock-out rounds from the five-team group.
India will, however, need to improve its batting performance as it scored a below par 132 against Australia. Since the tri-series preceding this World Cup, the Indian batting has been inconsistent and has not posted big totals barring a few matches.
It could have lost the match against Australia also, but for Poonam’s (4/19) exploits. Captain Harmanpreet and opener Smriti Mandhana, who both have done well in the tri-series before this World Cup, contributed little with the bat in the previous match and both will need to fire for India to put up a big total or chase down a target.
Another key middle-order batswoman Deepti Sharma came good against Australia with an unbeaten 49 off 46 balls and she would look to continue her good form.
Medium pacer Shikha Pandey also bowled well against Australia and Harmanpreet is happy that her team is not dependent on a few players only.
“Our team is looking nice, earlier we depended on two-three players, it is no longer that way now,” Harmanpreet said.
For Bangladesh, the key players will be all-rounder Jahanara Alam and top-order batswoman Fargana Hoque.
The 26-year-old seasoned Hoque has a T20 International hundred to her name. She had played a major role in Bangladesh’s group stage win over India in 2018 T20 Asia Cup.
Alam is another key player and she was a part of the IPL Velocity team under Mithali Raj in India’s domestic Women’s T20 Challenge tournament in Jaipur last year.
In another Group A match on Monday, Australia will take on Sri Lanka here. Both the teams have lost their opening matches of the tournament. The islanders lost to New Zealand by seven wickets on Saturday.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Smriti Mandhana, J Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Harleen Deol, R Gayakwad, Richa Ghosh, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar.
Bangladesh: Salma Khatun (capt.), R Ahmed, Ayasha Rahman, F Khatun, Fargana Hoque, Jahanara Alam, K Tul Kubra, S Mostary, Murshida Khatun, Nahida Akter, Nigar Sultana (wk), Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Sanjida Islam, Shamima Sultana
Match Starts 4:30 pm IST