The second semi-final between India and England in the ongoing women’s’ world T20 tournament seems a war between the world’s best bowling team and the world’s best batting team. Though the batting line up was wavering for the England team, they could manage to enter the semifinals by the strong bowling attack, especially the pacers like Anya Shrubsole and Natalia Sciver.
Though there are versatile spinners like Kristie Gordon on the other side, Indians need not worry about encountering them since there is a strong batting line up for them consisting of players like Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur. Even when Kristie Gordon is doing well in the tournament, Indian batters might not find it hard to face her. Still, they need to be alert about the English pacers like Shrubsole who did her best to defeat India in Women’s’ 50-over world cup 2017.
Shrubsole is one of the best wicket-takers in that tournament with an average of five and economy rate of around three in the entire tournament. These are the best figures by any bowler in the tournament. Though Natalia Sciver took only four wickets from this series, she has a better economy rate than Shrubsole with less than three runs per over. They have the opportunity to hand England their first ever T20 world cup for women.
However, if India needs to bat first, they might show a safe approach towards the English bowlers.
Indians might not panic about the formidable bowling attack of the England team since captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj are in good form. The captain needs to give up her arrogant attack and play safe to provide strength to the batting line up to answer the consistent bowling attack of the opponents. Though Tania Bhatia is an aggressive batter, the selectors might opt Mithali Raj as an opener since Tania is less dependable.
Though the Indian team might not score much in powerplays, playing safe will be good for the team and a score of 140 runs or above will be a challenging total for the frail batting lineup of England.
If India bowls first, they need to take care that they follow West Indian strategy of bowling from wicket to wicket, which can restrict the opponents to the fullest. Indians have a steady bowling lineup but they need the discipline to stop the English batters at a score of 100 runs from 20 overs.
Indians must beware of the fact that a score above 120 runs off 20 overs will be a difficult target to chase for any team in the world against the World’s best bowling team, England.