Australia favourites to win Women's World T20, says Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning's Australia have won three out of four Women's World Twenty20 tournaments to date and it is no surprise that the No 1 ranked T20I side in the world will start this competition as favourites
Meg Lanning's Australia have won three out of four Women's World Twenty20 tournaments to date and it is no surprise that the No 1 ranked T20I side in the world will start this competition as favourites.
England are the only other side to have won the tournament when they clinched the inaugural edition in 2009 in their backyard. Charlotte Edward's side is closely behind Australia in the women's team rankings, having finished as runners-up in 2012 and 2014.
Hosts India come into this tournament following a home series win against Sri Lanka. Mithali Raj's girls will be keen to fully utilise familiar conditions and pull off a few surprise results against higher ranked Australia, England and third-ranked New Zealand.
The 10 women's sides are divided into two pools with Group 'A' featuring Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka and Group 'B' including India, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh and West Indies. The top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals.
The matches will begin tomorrow when hosts India take on Bangladesh in the afternoon at Bangalore while New Zealand will play Sri Lanka in an evening in New Delhi.