New Delhi: India, who reached the semis by winning the must-win match against Ireland, is set to face mighty Australia in the semi-finals. Australia has been unbeaten throughout the tournament till now and has been quite invincible in T20Is in the last one year. However, India has been the only team that has been able to challenge the Aussies and even break their winning streak.
The Indian team will depend a lot on their experienced campaigners Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. Mandhana is also India’s highest scorer in the tournament so far and is in the red-hot form currently. In the batting department, Richa Ghosh, who was the catalyst in breaking Australia’s winning streak, will be the most crucial player due to her acceleration skills.
With Renuka Thakur back in touch, India would need Deepti Sharma to be at her best while facing the likes of Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner.
When and where to watch?
India vs Australia semi-finals game will be streamed on Disney+ Hotstar on February 23 at 6:30 pm, while the toss will take place at 6:00 pm in Cape Town. The match will also be telecasted on the Star Sports Network.
On the other hand, England will play in the semi-finals against the hosts South Africa. England topped group B and with Nat Sciver-Brunt striking the ball like nobody else, they are the clear favourites. Semi-final 2 will be played on February 24.
February 26, Sunday will witness the finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.