India will open their ICC Women’s World Cup T20I champion against New Zealand on 09.10.2018 at Guyana in the West Indies. The Indian eves, who will be led by skipper Harmapnreet Singh, will be dependent on their solid batting line-up comprising of the captain herself, along with Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana, to give them a solid start in the tournament.
India will also look to bank on their spinning bowlers, who appear to be thriving under the newly-appointed head coach Ramesh Powar. Against England, right-arm spinner Poonam Yadav took three wickets, while Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma took two wickets each to restrict England at 133 for 8 in 20 overs. Powar expressed his happiness on the bowling performance after the warm-up game.
The structure of the competition is simple – the 10 teams are divided into two round-robin groups of five, with two teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals.
Group A :
England – Captain: Heather Knight, coach: Mark Robinson WWT20 Best Winner (2009).
South Africa – Captain: Dane Van Niekerk, Coach: Hilton Moreeng WWT20 best semi-final (2014)
Sri Lanka – Captain : Chemani Atapattu Coach : Harsha de Silva WWT20 Best Group (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
West Indies – Captain: Stafanie Taylor, Coach : Henderson Springer WWT20 Best Winner (2016)
Bangladesh – Captain: Salma Khatun, Coach : Anju Jain WWT20 best group (2014,2016)
Australia – Captain : Meg Lanning Coach: Matthew Mott WWT20 Best winner (2010,2012,2014)
India – Captain : Harmanpreet Kaur, Coach : Ramesh Power WWT20 best Semi-final (2009,2010)
New Zealand – Captain Amy Satterthwaite, Coach: Haidee Tiffen WWT20 Best Runner-up (2009,2010)
Pakistan – Captain : Jeveria Khan Coach: Mark Coles WWT20 best group (2009,2010,2012,2015,2016)
Ireland – Captain : Laura Delany, Coach : Aaron Hamilton WWT20 best group (2014,2016)
A win against the Kiwis in the opening match, who reached the semifinal stage in the previous edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2016, will boost the confidence of the young Indian side.
We from Bangalorean.com wish the team best of luck.