Time for National Anthems in Guyana with India going firstTeams:
New Zealand Women (Playing XI): Suzie Bates, Anna Peterson, Sophie Devine, Amy Satterthwaite(c), Katey Martin(w), Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Watkin, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu
India Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia(w), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Dayalan Hemalatha, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy
Amy Satterthwaite: I think it’s an advantage in a way. We haven’t seen some of their players and they haven’t seen some of ours. It’s neutral territory and obviously neutral ground. We have to be positive. you have to go in here and make a bit of a statement. We are looking forward for the challenge.
Harmanpreet Kaur: We are going to bat first. The wicket is looking good to bat on. It might slow down later. We are playing with four spinners and later on it might help. We have one medium pacer.
TOSS: Indian skipper Harmanpreet wins toss, opts to bat against NZ in the opening match
Hemalatha to make her T20I debut for India
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Teams finally arrive at the stadium
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A young Indian squad will aim to emerge from the shadows of a winless past when it launches its bid for a maiden title with a tough opener against New Zealand in the first standalone Women’s World T20 starting on Friday.
India have not been very competitive in the shortest format compared to the 50-over game in which they scripted a path-breaking moment last year when they reached the World Cup final.
In the end, nerves got the better of them and they lost the title clash to England after being in complete control at one stage.
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and recently-appointed coach Ramesh Powar insist that the team has learnt from that final loss and the presence of youngsters, including six World Cup debutants, makes the squad “fearless”.
India have never won the World T20 in their previous five attempts with their best result, a semifinal appearance, coming in 2009 and 2010. This is the first standalone World T20 for women after being held alongside the men’s event in the past editions.
In the lead-up to the World T20, India have hit good form, beating hosts Sri Lanka before blanking Australia A at home. What should give them additional confidence going into the opener is the wins against reigning champions West Indies and England in the warm-up matches.
Opener Smriti Mandhana, on whom India will be relying heavily in the Caribbean, said the Asia Cup T20 final loss to Bangladesh in June was a timely wake-up call.
While Mandhana’s performance will be crucial at the top, teenager Jemimah Rodriguez, Tanya Bhatia and Harmanpreet will make up the middle order.
The spin department, led by leggie Poonam Yadav, is India’s strength while the pace department lacks experience after the retirement of veteran Jhulan Goswami.
India have failed to go past the group stage in the previous three editions and they will have to play well consistently to advance to the knock-outs.
After the opener against New Zealand, India will face Pakistan on November 11, Ireland on November 15 and three-time champions Australia on November 17.