ICC Women’s WT20, In­dia vs New Zealand: IND’S pre­dicted XI for opener in Prov­i­dence

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The In­dian women’s cricket team will aim to emerge from the shad­ows of a winless past when it launches its bid for a maiden ti­tle with a tough opener against New Zealand in the ICC? Women’s WT20 on Fri­day. In­dia have not been very com­pet­i­tive in the short­est for­mat com­pared to the 50- over game in which they scripted a path-break­ing mo­ment last year when they reached the World Cup fi­nal. In the end, nerves got the bet­ter of them and they lost the ti­tle clash to Eng­land af­ter be­ing in com­plete con­trol at one stage.

A look at the pre­dicted Xi? for the In­dia vs New Zealand match in Icc? women’s WT20 - Mithali Raj: There are hardly a big­ger name than Mithali Raj when it comes to the In­dian women’s cricket team. The vet­eran, who has played 82 T20 In­ter­na­tion­als, will once again be the opener for her side. At 35, she is the of­fi­cial ‘didi’ of the team and a player that all the young­sters want to em­u­late.

Smri ti Mand­hana:? Part­ner­ing Mithali Raj at the top of the bat­ting line-up will be the flam­boy­ant south­paw Sm­riti Mand­hana. She is no stranger to per­form­ing on big oc­ca­sions as Mand­hana launched In­dia’s 50- over

World Cup cam­paign last year in stun­ning style by hit­ting a cen­tury. In the last year, she has played T20 cricket in both Eng­land and Aus­tralia and this ex­pe­ri­ence will be cru­cial for the team. Jemimah Ro­drigues: At just 18 years of age, Ro­drigues has al­ready played 14 T20 In­ter­na­tion­als and the per­for­mances has earned her praise from both ex­perts and fans alike. With an av­er­age of 37.33 and strike-rate of 137.14, Ro­drigues is more of a fin­isher but as pre­vi­ous games have shown, she can be trusted with the No. 3 po­si­tion. Har­man­preet Kaur: The skip­per may bat at the No.3 or No.4 po­si­tion and the big­gest re­spon­si­bil­ity for the hard-hit­ting crick­eter will be to score runs quickly in the mid­dle overs. this is Har­man­preet’s first big tour­na­ment as In­dia’s cap­tain and if she leads from the front with the bat, In­dia could well go the dis­tance in the tour­na­ment.

Veda Kr­ish­na­murthy: A mid­dle or­der star know­ing for her pow­er­ful stroke­play. Veda has the abil­ity to take the game away from the op­po­si­tion with her ag­gres­sive bat­ting style and she could well be the fin­isher for this

In­dian team.

Anuja Patil: In a team filled with young ta­lent, Patil is a vet­eran of 42 T 2 0 In­ter­na­tion­als and she will surely be a go-to per­son for the young­sters. The all- rounder is a re­li­able spin bowler and she will be a good bat­ting op­tion for the cap­tain lower down the or­der.

Taniya Bhatia: Bhatia is In­dia’s spe­cial­ist wick­et­keeper for the tour­na­ment and she will have her task cut out with the team boast­ing of a num­ber of slow bowl­ing op­tions. As a re­sult, she will have to work ex­tra hard on her keep­ing along­side on her bat­ting skills.

Deepti Sharma: A re­li­able bats­man and an off-break bowler - Deepti Sharma - has been an im­por­tant mem­ber of the squad in the re­cent past and Har­man­preet Kaur will surely be ex­pect­ing a con­sis­tent show from the all- rounder in the tour­na­ment.

Arund­hati Reddy: This young pace woman will be un­der a lot of pres­sure as she will look to fill in the big boots of Jhu­lan Goswami. With In­dia mainly opt­ing for a spin­ner at the start their

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