Can India see off Pakistan after World Cup shock?
After India's dream of making it to the Super Six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup was washed away, they will now face arch-rivals Pakistan in the 7-8th place classification match today
Due to their 138-run defeat to Sri Lanka, the Indian eves would now have to go through the qualifiers if they want to play in the next edition of the World Cup.
The Mithali Raj-led team will have to put their best foot forward to salvage some pride against Pakistan.
The pressure to win will be on the hosts after two back-to-back defeats (against England and Sri Lanka).
If India have some bowling and fielding issues, Pakistan need to get their batting right. India’s bowlers — former skipper Jhulan Goswami, Nagarajan Niranjana and Ekta Bisht — have been unable to restrict the opposition.
While, Harmanpreet Kaur, Karu Jain and Murugesan Tirushkamini have contributed with the bat, 30-year-old Raj, No 1 batswoman in ODIs on the ICC rankings, has been unable to find form.
Pakistan too are in the throes of adversity. SA handed them a 126-run defeat to ensure their exit from the tournament. They were able to put on board only 84, 104 and 81 against Aus, NZ and SA respectively.