The showdown between India and Sri Lanka will be the 14th match of the ICC Women’s T20 world cup and the 8th match of Group A. It will be the 4th match for India and the 3rd for Sri Lanka. The match will be held on 29th Feb (9.30 am IST onwards) at the Junction Oval ground in Melbourne.
India are looking in good shape having beaten New Zealand by a mere 3 runs in recent India vs New Zealand Women T20 World Cup
Players to watch out for and why
While the Indian team doesn’t boast of a superstar player, it has enough capable names to its credit. The first name would be Shafali Verma, who has been quite consistent so far in the game – scoring 114 runs in the last 3 matches. She is aided by Jemimah Rodriguez who can be trusted to get some quick runs. The bowling attack of the Indian team is helmed by its magic treasure called Poonam Yadav. Yadav has taken 8 wickets in the last 3 matches, becoming one of the top bowlers of the tournament. She is supported by Shikha Pandey, who has 6 wickets to her name thus far.
For Sri Lanka, however, the story begins and ends with just one person – the captain Chamari Atapattu. The skipper has been quite terrific so far, scoring 91 runs and taking 2 wickets in the last two matches. Naturally, she can be expected to continue her brilliant form. But the rest of the Sri Lankan team is, frankly, disappointing. No other player stands capable of sharing the burden of her skipper, either with the bat or the bowl.
Who will win and why
India and Sri Lanka have faced each other in 17 T20 internationals, and India has emerged victorious in 13 times. In the ICC T20 world cup, India has thrice managed to enter the semi-finals. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has never made it past the group stage.
But the big factor here is the form of the two teams. The Indian side has been in a terrific form lately, as its rapid climb to the 4th position at the ICC T20 rankings shows (while Sri Lanka is at the 8th spot). Even in the current tournament, India has won all three of its matches so far, defeating the likes of Australia and New Zealand. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, lost both of its matches. However, the gaping flaw of the Sri Lankan team has overdependence on the skipper Atapattu, while the Indian side has many reliable players.
They face-off on Saturday, 29th February 2020, and its an easy win for India. Cricket Betting will go one further and we expect India to be in the final against Australia so keep checking our today match prediction page for the latest.
|Batsmen Recent Form||Team||MAT||Runs||Average||SR|
|Bowlers Recent Form||Team||MAT||Wickets||Eco||SR|
|IND-W||156||beat||105||SL-W||25/09/18||India Women tour of Sri Lanka 2018|
|IND-W||137/3||beat||134/5||SL-W||24/09/18||India Women tour of Sri Lanka 2018|
|IND-W||132/5||beat||131/8||SL-W||22/09/18||India Women tour of Sri Lanka 2018|
|IND-W||no result||49/3||SL-W||21/09/18||India Women tour of Sri Lanka 2018|
|IND-W||168/8||beat||155||SL-W||19/09/18||India Women tour of Sri Lanka 2018|
|Harmanpreet Kaur (c)||Allrounder|
|Taniya Bhatia †||Wicketkeeper batsman|
|Veda Krishnamurthy||Middle-order batsman|
|Smriti Mandhana||Opening batsman|
|Jemimah Rodrigues||Middle-order batsman|
|Shafali Verma||Opening batsman|
|Chamari Atapattu (c) Batting allrounder|
|Nilakshi de Silva|
|Dilani Manodara † Wicketkeeper batsman|