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Women's WT20: Mithali Raj & Co set for opening challenge vs Bangladesh

Bangalore: Riding high on their recent series wins over Australia and Sri Lanka, a confident India will look to continue their rich vein of form when they take on Bangladesh in their opening encounter of the Women's World Twenty20 here today.

Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj during a practice session at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday. Pic/PTI
Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj during a practice session at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday. Pic/PTI

India are tipped to at least reach the last four at the World T20, following their recent run of form, which included a historic 2-1 win over world champions Australia in January and a 3-0 clean sweep against Sri Lanka in February.

India, in the past, had reached the semifinals on two occasions but last two editions haven't been great for the hosts as they failed to go beyond the group stages.

Skipper Mithali Raj will be looking to bank on seven players who had featured in the last edition in 2014, especially Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur, who have played in all four previous World T20s.

'Will qualify for semies'
"With the kind of momentum we have, we should at least qualify for the semi-finals. From there, it's anyone's game," the experienced Mithali said yesterday.

Mithali, who is the highest run-getter for India and one of the 13 in the world to score 1000-plus runs in T20, will look to continue her good form.

Since 2014 World T20, the Indian captain has scored 183 runs at 30.50. Kaur has scored 164 runs at 23.43 since last WT20. Jhulan, who has come out of an injury, will also look to make a mark as she is India's highest wicket-taker in T20s with 44 scalps.

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