There has been a combined team effort for women in blue in the first two races to date. While Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and young Jemimah Rodrigues outclassed the white rods overall in the first race, the second fight struck a veteran hit by veteran Mithali Raj who helped India overwhelm Pakistan.
Going to the fight on Thursday, India will desperately hope to open the strike Smriti Mandhana to make a big score. After the failure in the opener, Madonna made a decent start in the second draw but eventually failed to take advantage of it.
While Harmanpreet and Mithali are expected to be the backbone of Indian entries, team management will hopefully give enough time to those who like the other winners of Veda Krishnamurthy, stumper Taniya Bhatia and Dayalan Hemalatha before the tournament ends.
Coming to the bowling of India in the first two games, there were the clones – Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav – who decided to win in both games. The spin twin of Hemalatha and Poonam split six and four wickets to each other in two fights.
India: Harrandtret Kear (Kat), Smirie Manthana, Mittali Rai, Jemima Rodrious, Veda Krishnamurdji, Daphne Smarma, Tanya Bahia (duk), Pony Jadve, Ranja Yaddaw, Anounta Patel, Era Bist, Dalalan Hemalatha, Mansi Jossi, Pooa Vatrakar,.
Ireland: Laura Delany, Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Isobel Joyce, Shauna Kavanagh, Amy Kenealy, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Ciara Metcalfe, Lucy O'Reilly, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Clare Shillington, Rebecca Stokell and Mary Waldron.
(With IANS inputs)