A confident Team India led by Harmanpreet Kaur will aim to kickstart their World Cup campaign on a winning note when they face New Zeland women in the tournament opener on Friday, 9 November.
The opening match of the tournament will be played at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. So far, Women-in-Blue’s record in Women’s T20 World Cup has not been exceptional ever since its opening edition in 2009. India only managed to reach the semi-final stage of the T20 World Cup twice in 2009 and 2010. However, despite India’s poor run in the shortest format of the game, elegant Indian opener Smriti Mandhana is confident the Women-in-Blue will bring home the World Cup (T20).
“My goal is very simple in this World Cup, I want to give great start to the team because I’m an opener. Team goal is ofcourse to win the World Cup, last time we reached the finals in the 50-over format. First aim is to reach semis then final,” Smriti Mandhana was quoted as saying in an interview to bcci.tv.
Speaking about Indian squad, Mandhana said, “We have a lot of match winners in the team, on a given day anyone can win you a Twenty20 match.”
Ahead of the India women vs New Zealand women match; here is everything you need to know:
Date: November 9, 2018 (Friday).
Venue: Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Time: 20:30 IST.
Live Broadcast: Star Sports Network.
Live Streaming: Hotstar
New Zealand Women (From): Suzie Bates, Anna Peterson, Sophie Devine, Amy Satterthwaite(c), Katey Martin(w), Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Jess Watkin, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, KE Ebrahim, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Maddy Green
India Women (From): Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia(w), Poonam Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy