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Editor’s Pick(Women’s Cricket): India - Australia

The first semi finals of the women’s cricket world cup 2017 saw England beat South Africa in what could be described as a thriller. The hosts edged out the visitors by three wickets and established their berth in the finals. They are now one step away from winning the much-coveted world cup for the fourth time. They are truly the most experienced after Australia.
The second semi finals witnesses India take on Australia. India once made it to the finals of the world cup in 2005 only to lose to Australia by 98 runs. I am sure the teams remember this meet. India will want to try hard to overthrow Australia and meet the English in the finals at Lords’ on Sunday.
Let’s take a look at the venue. County Ground, Derby. This world cup has seen eight matches played at this venue out of which the team batting first has won seven times. The highest total recorded was 284, and lowest 74. The team that wins the toss will definitely want to bat first.
India faced New Zealand here last and NZ was all out for 79. India will feel at home in this ground, having played four matches. This is Australia’s first match here.
But Australia is a whole different ball game altogether. She is a side that has made a habit out of winning. India should not take this match lightly.
India seems to have quite a bit of backing. And why not? She has made it this far. Let’s take a look at our lineup on the app.


Batsmen
Mithali Raj
Smiti Mandhana
Punam Raut
Meg Lanning
Nicole Bolton
Bowlers
Ekta Bisht
Poonam Yadav
Kristen Beams
Wicket-Keeper
Beth Mooney
All-Rounder
Deepti Sharma
Ellyse Perry
If you want Jhulan Goswami on the team, you have to make a few changes because she costs 11. Meg Lanning’s injury is a cause for concern. You can swap here. Or add Harmanpreet Kaur.

Alternate lineup


Batsmen

Punam Raut
Mithali Raj
Meg Lanning
Nicole Bolton
Bowlers
poonam Yadav
Megan Schutt
R Gayakwad
Wicket-Keepers
Alyssa Healy
Beth Mooney
All-Rounders
H Kaur
Ellyse Perry

Australia is truly a world champ. But they are most definitely not unbeatable. So far, India has won five out of seven group stage matches, while Australia, 6. India needs to excel in all departments to outshine Australia. It is a lot of mental game too now.


No matter what happens here on, the Indian Women's Cricket Team deserves a hero’s welcome when they return home. They have proven that they deserve it.


Indu


P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!

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