Confident India Eager To Upset Australia

Cesar Mills
July 19, 2017

The Indian team have certainly punched above their weight this World Cup and hence this sense of optimism is certainly not out of place.

While India have finished the round-robin stage in the third spot with five wins and two losses, Australia have finished second with six wins out of seven games.

Going into Thursday's tie, India will once again hope for their skipper Mithali Raj to continue her purple patch along side the likes of Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy and Deepti Sharma, who have been amongst the runs throughout the tournament. A 55 for the Australia number four in their 59-run win over South Africa as well as another two wickets to her tally catapulted her to be the current best all-round player. This made their final group match against New Zealand a virtual quarter final. India will also need to carefully deal with the veteran leg-spinner Kristen Beams, who returned with the prized scalp of Mithali in the league stage match. The White Ferns fell woefully short in their chase and were bundled out for a paltry 79.

The Woman in Blue got off to a sensational start in the tournament, winning four matches in a row, including a 35-run win against hosts England in their opening game. India have a poor record against Australia, having lost 34 out of 42 games played so far.

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However, India were handed a thrashing at the hands of Australia in one of their league encounters when they were beaten by 8 wickets and this Mithali sounded wary of their opponents.

With the final set to be the biggest crowd to have attended an ICC Women's World Cup, the Home of Cricket is a fitting host for the tournament's conclusion.

India do face an uphill struggle but, it is also to be noted that they are a vastly improved side since the 2013 World Cup.

Besides the opening combo of Nicole and Beth and one-down Meg firing in unison, Ellyse Perry has provided the much-needed stability to the middle order, and chipped in with useful contributions.

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