India’s women will eye revenge when they take on England’s women in the 2018 World T20 semi-finals at North Sound. Indian women have lost the 2017 World Cup final to England and have every reason to be motivated in the semi-final against Heather Knight and her women. Cricwizz takes a look at strengths and weaknesses of India and England ahead of the semifinal clash in 2018 Women’s World T20.
India W vs England W, World T20 semi-final Match Prediction – Who will win?
The Women in Blue have topped their group, winning all their four matches convincingly. They defeated New Zealand, Pakistan, Ireland and Australia to top the group. They would look to carry forward the winning momentum into the knockouts as the Women in Blue would look to advance to their maiden World T20 final. Also, they would look to avenge the 2017 World Cup final loss to England.
Harmanpreet Kaur is leading from the front in the tournament. She cracked a match-winning ton against New Zealand, before cracking a crucial 43 against Australia. She is chipping in with useful off-spin bowling too. She has also done well as skipper on the field, yielding the best from her teammates and inspiring them with her performances.
Raj has shown why there is no substitute for experience. She cracked two fifties in two innings so far and will be back in the batting line-up against England in the semis. She too will look to settle a few scores against England as she was the captain when India lost the 2017 World Cup final.
India have been served well by their bowlers. Poonam Yadav, the leg-spinner, has taken 8 wickets so far to justify her No 2 T20 ranking. Radha Yadav, the left-arm spinner, has taken 7 wickets to complement the efforts of Poonan. India are well-served in all departments.
India’s inexperience of playing knockouts can prove to be their nemesis. And England have beaten them in 2017 World Cup final and that can prove to be a mental block for the Women in Blue. Besides, the law of averages can turn to hurt India in a crucial match like a World T20 semis as they are yet to lose a match in this tournament.
England women have been superior in the bowling department while their batting has performed below expectations. Anya Shrubsole has taken seven wickets so far at an average of just 5, while Natalie Sciver has taken 4 wickets at an average of 8.25. England have relied on their bowling so far to march into the knockouts. It can prove to be handy for Indian batswomen in the semis.
The fact that not a single England batswoman has scored a fifty yet in this tournament creates a worry for the team. They have been rescued by their bowling firepower so far, but against a star-studded Indian bowling line-up, their batting can crumble once again and give India the advantage. But England women are known to pull their socks in crunch games.
England have experience of winning big games, while India will have few mental blocks to overcome when they face their 2017 WC final nemesis in the 2018 World T20 semis. But Harmanpreet Kaur and her devils are a different unit now and it won’t be easy for England in the semis. England have their own worries to tackle on. We give a fifty: fifty chance to both teams.