Indian players celebrate the wicket of West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor during their Women’s World Cup match in Taunton on Thursday. Pics/Getty Images
Their confidence on an all-time high after back-to-back wins, India would look to continue their unbeaten streak when they clash with arch-rivals Pakistan in their third game of the ICC Women's World Cup, here today.
The Indian eves, enjoying a rich vein of form, would definitely start as overwhelming favourites against Pakistan, who have looked below-par in the tournament so far. Pakistan have never beaten India in nine ODIs these two teams have played in so far.
As far as their recent form is concerned, India comprehensively won their last four ODI series. India made a dream start to the tournament by stunning hosts England by 35 runs before trouncing West Indies by seven wickets in their next encounter.
India will bank on inform opener Smriti Mandhana for a good start
The Sana Mir-led Pakistan, on the other hand, are yet to taste victory in the tournament. They lost by three wickets to South Africa before being handed a heavy 107-run defeat via D/L method by England.
On the batting front, opener Smriti Mandhana seems to be enjoying the form of her life.
The left-hander, who has made a fine return from injury, followed up her 90-run knock against England with a smashing 106 off just 108 balls against the West Indies to set up the base for India's chase.
With 196 runs in just two games, Mandhana, (20), has no intention of stopping and has already warned her rivals that there is a lot more to come. "I'm not satisfied at all, I haven't worked really hard for the last five months to get fit just for a 90 or a hundred. I want to do well for India and win the World Cup for India," she said.
While Indian batters stole the limelight against England, it was the chance of the bowlers to shine against West Indies as they restricted the Caribbeans to a paltry 183-8.
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