ICC WWC 2017 Final: India V England- India Predicted XI
The Indian Women’s team scripted history as they defeated defending champions Australia at the Derby yesterday by a whopping 36 runs to enter the final of the World Cup for only the 2nd time in their history.
It was a sensational knock from the blade of Punjab girl Harmanpreet Kaur who blazed her way to an unbeaten marathon knock of 171 which came in just a mere 115 deliveries. Her innings was decorated with 20 fours and 7 maximums.
India was jolted early with the wicket of Smriti Mandhana as the southpaw mistimed a pull shot. After a 90 and a century in the first two games of the tournament, Mandhana hasn’t got going which might just tempt the team management to drop her for the final but given the fact she scored a brilliant 90 in the opening game against England she might get the nod yet another time.
Apart from her, the rest of the playing combination will likely remain the same as they might be reluctant to change their winning combination from the last two games.
So with the final all set to commence on Sunday let us have a look at India’s Predicted XI for the final
You can’t help but name her in the XI due to her sheer stroke-playing abilities. She is a free flowing batswoman who took the tournament by storm with two brilliant knocks early on in the tournament but since then there hasn’t been any contribution from her bat. Come Sunday she will look to come out all guns blazing against the team she scored 90 of 72 deliveries in the opening match.
Punam has played some handy innings but hasn’t been able to press on the accelerator and play the big shots on a consistent basis. She has played more of a supporting role and her century against Australia in the group game oozed class. She will definitely look to add some runs to her kitty in the all important final on Sunday.
Mithali Raj (captain)
The Indian captain has been thoroughly professional in the tournament like she has been all her career. Against Australia in the group game, Mithali became the first women’s cricketer to amass 6,000 runs in ODI cricket. She has looked in good touch in almost all the matches but she will look to press on the accelerator a bit more in the final.
Considering she will be fit for the final after a sustaining a hamstring injury during her special knock of 171, Harmanpreet will be key to India’s chances of lifting the World Cup for the very first time in their history. She looked in ominous touch and literally toyed with the Australian bowling attack hitting them all over the park at will. She was in her zone yesterday and will look to carry on her blazing blade even in the final.
She has been a useful member of the Indian team of late with her all round abilities. She has contributed with the bat in most of the matches and shared a mammoth 13 runs partnership with Harmanpreet for the 4th wicket yesterday. She also bagged 3 wickets and has looked in a good rhythm all throughout the tournament. Having the abilities to strike the ball big, Deepti is an asset to the Indian team.
Veda played a sensational knock of 70 of 45 deliveries in the must win clash against New Zealand which propelled India to a competitive score. It was a brilliant innings on the content of the tournament which helped India keep their hopes alive in the tournament. She has the ability to smash the big shots and is also a useful option for the captain with the ball in hand.
The 24-year-old from Himachal Pradesh has hardly any role to play through the major part of the tournament apart from chipping in with a crucial 33 against Pakistan in a low scoring affair. Following India’s successive victories, they are unlikely to tinker with their winning combination.
Goswami got back to her usual rhythm in the semi final against Australia yesterday and finished with impressive figures of 2/35. She castled Aussie captain Meg Lanning with an unplayable delivery which beat her all ends up and struck the timbers on the outside. She hasn’t been at her all through the tournament but her contribution in the semis will definitely keep her in good stead ahead of the all important final against England in Lords on Sunday.
Shikha has looked in great rhythm all through the tournament and has bagged 13 wickets in 9 matches at an exceptional strike rate. She wrecked the Aussies early on yesterday by removing Beth Mooney with a stunning delivery. It cut Mooney on the half which breached her defence and disturbed the timbers.
She has been India’s leading wicket taker in the tournament with 17 scalps to her name already. She finished with exceptional figures of 5/15 in the must win clash against New Zealand which helped the Women in Blue to skittle out the Black Caps for 79 runs. She bagged 4 wickets each against Sri Lanka and Ireland.
The leggie hasn’t been at her consistent best but has performed well in patches. She bagged a solitary wicket yesterday against the Aussies but conceded 60 in her 9 overs. She will look to bring out her A game come Sunday which might prove to be a historical day in Indian cricket.
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