Australian opening batter Beth Mooney revealed defending champions are ready to face resilient India-led by Mithali Raj, in the second semi-final of the 2017 World Cup which is scheduled on Thursday (July 20) in Derby. (Read Here: ICC Raises $2 Million For Women’s World Cup 2017).

After cementing her place in the Playing XI, Mooney talked about the plans to its length and breadth against India, in order to set their grip firm early on by picking wickets on regular intervals.

“We are always looking to take early wickets and get the other team on the back foot,” Mooney was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.

While talking about the preparations for an all-important clash, Mooney believes Australia is looking forward to the challenge while hinging on the basics, in the extended tournament, as the batter is ready for the challenge — to come better against India after complete preparations back home with teammates.

“We’ve done a lot of preparation in Australia and it’s obviously been a long tournament so far so hopefully in the next couple of days we can fine tune everything,” Mooney further added.

Mooney, who has smashed two fifties to amass 231 runs while averaging 33 in seven matches, in the 50-over World Cup, revealed the competition, is tough among the players while expressing satisfaction over her recent performance.

The Victoria-born 23-year-old left-handed batter Mooney admitted India is a quality side while stating the players have been doing well in the recent past, as the promising batter further expressed her satisfaction over the performance of Australia.

Opener Beth Moony gave up his wicket-keeping task to focus on her batting. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Mooney reiterated India is a balanced side and the players are capable of yielding the desired results on their day, adding Australia has to give best to qualify for the Grand Finale, as there is no room for error this time around.

“I think India are a very challenging side to play against, some days they can take the game on and have some match-winning players in their side as well,” Mooney remarked.

Interestingly, in the last week, India has steamrolled White Ferns by 186 runs to qualify for the last four, as they have won all their previous four encounters in Derby in the ongoing World Cup.

“Our plans never really change regardless of who we are playing against,” Mooney asserted.

As India has lost seven games out of eight ODIs against Australia, the Meg Lanning-led side would be aiming to set the tune – to take a lot of confidence before the start of the semi-final, as they are equally wary of the threat Indian bowlers pose.

After giving up glove-work, Mooney was focussed more on her batting and was named a player of the Women’s Big Bash League tournament in the 2016-17 season in which the batter has registered 482 runs under her name.

“A couple of years ago I decided that the wicketkeeping probably wasn’t going to get me in the team so I really had to do something a bit different with my batting,” Mooney concluded.

Mooney has featured in 16 ODIs to amass 565 runs at an average of 37.66.

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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