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In the Women’s Cricket World Cup, the Indian team will play its fifth match against Australia on Saturday. This match is going to be very important for India after the defeat against England in the last match. Mithali & Co will have to win this match at any cost to stay in the semi-final race.
What will be the semi-final ticket
This tournament has been mixed for Indian. The team won 2 out of 4 matches, while losing two. India is at the fourth position in the points table with 4 points. Nothing is more important than victory for Team India to strengthen its claim in the semi-final race.
If India wins this match, then with 6 points, the top-4 in the points table will remain. At the same time, if the team loses this match, then the team will have to win the remaining two matches. After Australia, Team India will face Bangladesh on 22 March and South Africa on 28 March.
Kangaroo riding on victory chariot
Australia’s team has been unbeaten in this tournament so far. The team has played 4 matches and won all. Stopping AUS will not be easy for Team India at all. In head to head matches, the kangaroos have a strong edge against India. 49 ODIs have been played between the two teams, in which Australia has won 39 and India has won only 10.
A total of 12 matches were played between the two in the ODI World Cup as well. During this AUS won 9 and India only 3. The last time both the teams faced off in the semi-finals of 2017 was when India defeated Australia by 36 runs.
Mithali’s form a matter of concern
Indian captain Mithali Raj’s bat has remained silent in the World Cup so far. In 4 innings he has scored only 46 runs at an average of 11.50. In the match played against New Zealand, excluding his innings of 31 runs, his score in the remaining three matches was less than 10.
Mithali is one of the most important players in the team and scoring runs against Australia is very important for the team. Against AUS he has scored 1055 runs at an average of 33.
Could not bat well
The Indian team has not been able to perform as a unit in the current tournament. Apart from Mithali’s form, runs have also not come from Deepti Sharma’s bat. The fine form of Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur is a good sign for the team. Both of them had scored centuries against West Indies.
Australia has to be careful with these players
Team India will have to be careful with all-rounder Ellyse Perry and opener Rachel Haines in this match. Both have been AUS’s top-class performances in four matches. Perry has also been the player of the match in both the last matches. At the same time, Haines has also scored the highest 227 runs in the World Cup 2022 at an average of 92.
The match will start at 6:30 am
This match will start at 6:30 am Indian time (IST). The toss will take place at 6 pm. This match can be seen on the channels of Star Sports Network with commentary in different languages.