The Indians begin an elusive search for trophies with the opening of the World Cup against Pakistan

Indian bowlers had trouble compared to the hitting unit, which managed to score more than 250 runs five times in seven 50-over exits, including two preliminaries.

Indian bowlers had trouble compared to the hitting unit, which managed to score more than 250 runs five times in seven 50-over exits, including two preliminaries.

Indian women’s cricket would hope his bowlers find top form to make up for the solid striker’s efforts when the search for the unattainable ICC World Cup trophy begins on Sunday with an opening game against Pakistan’s big rival here on Sunday.

Runners-up in the 2017 and 2005 editions, India are eager to take a step forward and win the title they missed, especially coxswain Mithali Raj and veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, who will play their last World Cup.

The Indian team arrived in New Zealand a month earlier to acclimatize to the conditions.

However, the bowlers struggled compared to the hitting unit, which five times managed to score more than 250 runs in seven 50-over exits, including two prep matches.

The bowling alley let the team down throughout the series against New Zealand, which India lost 1-4. He failed to defend 270 plus targets in two games, while receiving a mammoth 191 in 20 overs in the ODI Series rain match.

They achieved a significantly better performance in the fifth ODI and in two warm-up games, and Raj will hope that the hitting and bowling units will also shoot in unison.

“From past warm-up series or games, all we can take is confidence, and how you negotiate midfield conditions, how you play according to the situation is very important,” Raj told a pre-match press conference.

The tempo department will be led by the always trusted Goswami, who has continued to regularly choose the door for India, while Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar and Renuka Singh should do more to quickly replenish the veteran.

Spinner Deepti Sharma was the leading wicket player in the bilateral series, while Rajeshwari Gayakwad looked good in warm-up matches, but consistency will be key.

However, it remains to be seen whether Raj will hand over the ball to Harmanpreet Kaur.

The team would be relieved after Kaur, a vital wheel in the flank and considered a player of big games, found himself among the races after a long and difficult situation.

The pressure will be on the opener Shafali Vermi, who acted out of color, to provide a solid start with Smriti Mandhana, a good hitter.

Raj, who continues to lead the Indian innings, has hinted that Deepti, who was in good nick with the bat and ball, will hit the top either at number 3 or 4, while Kaur is expected to hit at five.

Young Richa Ghosh, who has scored half a century in a row against New Zealand, is expected to start ahead of Tania Bhatie.

Pakistan, on the other hand, is the lowest ranked team in the tournament. They qualified for the World Cup thanks to their ranking after the qualifiers were canceled in the middle of last year due to COVID-19.

After finishing at the bottom three times, the Pakistanis finished best at the 2009 World Cup when they reached the Super 6 stage. He will hopefully manage to get to the knockout in this release.

Bismah Maroof and Co. there are also consecutive wins in warm-up matches. They beat New Zealand before they beat Bangladesh.

Although they won two games, they were saved by the lower row and the bowlers. Pakistan would therefore hope that its highest order could shoot.

“Things we didn’t do well last year we talked about it … whoever puts up with the pressure well, that team will win; so we hope for a good game tomorrow,” Pakistan’s Bismah Maroof said on Saturday.

In the bowling department, Pakistan relied mostly on spinner Nashra Sandhu to procure doors for them. They would also need pacers to join the foreigners.


India: Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Richa Ghosh (td), Taniya Bhatia (td), Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Jhulan Goswami, Renuka Singh.

Pakistan: Aliya Riaz, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali (td), Nahida Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Sidra Ameen, Nida Dar, Anam Amin, Omaima Sohail, Sidra Nawaz (td), Aiman ​​Anwer, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Ghulam Fatima, Nashra Sandhu.

The match starts at 6:30 am IST.


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