ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: We Will Be Taking Sri Lanka Very Seriously – Harmanpreet Kaur
The Indian Women’s national cricket team have already secured their spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. However, the skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has clarified that they are taking their final match in the Group A against Sri Lanka Women very seriously.
India Women have got a great start in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. Contesting in the Group A, they won all their first three matches of this tournament and became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of this tournament. They already beat the defending champions and the hosts Australia Women, Bangladesh Women and New Zealand Women.
On Saturday (29th February), India Women will play their fourth and final match in the Group Stage against Sri Lanka Women. Though Sri Lanka Women have lost both their games in this tournament, against New Zealand Women and Australia Women, the Indian team is not taking them lightly as they have fought well in this tournament.
During the match against the hosts Australia Women, after scoring 122/6 (20 overs), Sri Lanka Women took the defending champions’ first three wickets in just ten runs. In that crucial stage, captain Meg Lanning (41*) and the Player of the Match award winner Rachael Haynes (60) rescued the team as the hosts won by five wickets with three balls remaining.
Talking about their upcoming match against Sri Lanka Women, Harmanpreet Kaur said, “I know we have qualified, but the next game is still crucial for us. We will be taking Sri Lanka very seriously.
“They’ve been doing well. I know they haven’t won a game but they were almost there on both occasions. We will be taking it very seriously before we start thinking about the semi-finals.”
We try to take every wicket in all of our games: Harmanpreet Kaur
While India Women are giving importance to every opponent players, they are especially looking for the early wicket of Sri Lanka Women’s captain Chamari Atapattu. In the last three T20s, she scored 78*, 41 and 50 runs respectively.
Harmanpreet claimed, “We try to take every wicket in all of our games. Every wicket is an important one at this level. We just have to try and stick to our plan, especially to get out the likes of Chamari Atapattu early. That will be crucial.”
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Women cricketers are desperate to win the next two matches of the Group Stages. Though their veteran cricketer Shashikala Siriwardena admitted that they did well in their first two games of this tournament, they are now focusing on getting positive results.
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