England Women team skipper Heather Knight insisted the semi-finals clash against India will be nothing like the last year’s Women’s World Cup final. However, they will face each other in a game to secure a place in the finals. India Women and Australia Women have qualified from Group B, whereas Windies Women and England have qualified from Group A. The winners from both the match will clash off for the finals on November 25 (Sunday).
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Moreover, Knight feels that their last time experience won’t matter as they will play a twenty overs match tomorrow. In addition to it, all the things have changed starting from the Indian team, to their captain.
India Women is in fine form.
“We take confidence from the fact that we performed in knockout matches before, but I don’t think it (the 50-over final) counts for anything with the game tomorrow. It’s a different format, different team for India, different captain for them and things like that,” Heather Knight said on the eve of the match.
In the last year’s final at Lords, England had set up a target of 229 runs after opting to bat first. India started well, but after losing their fourth wicket at 191, they lost their wickets at regular intervals. Mithali Raj’s team lose the next seven wickets for 28 runs and they were bowled out for 219. Anya Shrubsole finished with 6 for 46 and was awarded as Player of the Match.
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“It’s all going to be about tomorrow. We know T20 cricket, it’s whoever turns up on the day It’s about us going out and putting on a really strong performance, showing the good things that we’ve done,” Knight added.
Heather Knight also said that her side had worked on how to score runs against India’s effective spin attack.
“India has been very effective taking pace off the ball. So we’ll also look to that and how we’re going to go about playing it and how we are going to have our method to score runs,” she concluded.
India Women and England Women will play their semi-finals on November 23 (Friday) at Lords.
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