India will open their ICC Women’s World Cup T20I campaign against New Zealand on Friday 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.
Kaur has been in brilliant form, which she displayed in the warm-up match against England on Wednesday. The right-handed batswoman hammered 62 runs in 32 balls, with 6 fours and 3 sixes in her innings to take India to a competitive total. The fans will hope Kaur, who will be in charge of her first World T20 tournament, can continue her form to take India to a win.
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: “Where we were three-four months back and where we are now, we are happy what we are doing. It takes time, I hope they understand this. We try and dominate every situation, that is what we are looking for,” he was quoted as saying by ICC website.