Michael and Co kick off cam­paign with promis­ing start

Sport360 - - Regional Indoor Cricket World Cup - By Den­zil Pinto @denz_360 den­zilpinto@sport360.com

Aus­tralia showed why they are the world cham­pi­ons by out­class­ing the UAE women’s team, but the hosts can take con­fi­dence from the fact that they pushed Eng­land all the way ear­lier in the day.

The Aus­tralians ar­rived at InS­portz Club hav­ing won the pre­vi­ous eight World Cups and sent out an early warn­ing to the rest of their ri­vals that they mean busi­ness by beat­ing the UAE 124-23.

They dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish, claim­ing the max­i­mum seven points af­ter win­ning each skin. Skip­per Jude Cole­man led the way with 20 runs and five wick­ets while the UAE’s Heena Hotchan­dani hit 15 runs.

Ear­lier in the day, the UAE gave Eng­land a scare. Chas­ing 69, Natasha Michael’s side were in the game and nearly pulled a ma­jor up­set but fell short by six runs. Chaya Mughal took two wick­ets while Hotchan­dani scored 17 runs.

Skip­per Michael said the Eng­land game gave the team a lot of con­fi­dence for the match-up with Aus­tralia and spoke glow­ingly of the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

“Their coach came to us and gave us a few tips and said that we’re do­ing re­ally well,” said the 23-yearold. “She said as a team who has just started play­ing, you’ll most likely be the most im­proved team in the tour­na­ment and that’s a very big deal, to hear that.

“The Aus­tralian team are like our men­tors and we look up to them to play in­door cricket. We will keep on push­ing our­selves.

“We def­i­nitely had our eyes on Eng­land and wanted to push our­selves to see where we stand with them. It was a sur­prise be­cause ev­ery­one gave their 100 per cent and came so close. To be very hon­est, we didn’t ex­pect it but we have been train­ing so hard that it’s be­come a habit for us to play in­door cricket.”

South Africa and New Zealand are next up to­day and Michael wants the team to prove they are ca­pa­ble of play­ing the for­mat.

“We are def­i­nitely look­ing to give any team a close fight but we also want to prove that we can play any for­mat of the game,” she said.

In the two other matches, New Zealand en­joyed a strong start with vic­to­ries over Eng­land and South Africa.

Tak­ing aim: Heena Hotchan­dani.

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