Tauranga, Mar 15 (UNI): In a rematch of the 2017 Women’s World Cup final, India and England will face each other on March 16 in a round-robin match of the 2022 edition.
However, both sides are in a different place in this ongoing tournament. While India seem to be getting better with every game, the defending champions England have not won a match yet and find themselves on the verge of an early exit.
Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar have stepped up for India as the team has won two games out of three so far. England, on the other hand, suffered three consecutive narrow loses. India come into the game after beating West Indies in their last match by 155 runs as Mandhana and Harmanpreet scored brilliant centuries.
Harmanpreet believes batting and bowling partnerships have been the key to India’s success so far, something she wants them to repeat when they face England at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. “I think in batting the great partnerships is important and in bowling, the way we build partnerships especially,” she explained.
“Right now, we’re only looking at our strengths and the areas where we are doing well and the areas where we need to improve as a team and we are working on that,” she added.
England suffered their third consecutive loss of the tournament against South Africa last time out, losing by three wickets following previous defeats to Australia and West Indies. That result was underpinned by more fielding errors, including dropped chances and a missed stumping, but Amy Jones believes England are more than capable of correcting those wrongs.