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Report: Ind vs Ire (Women), WT20 Warm-up Match

Indian eves register 26-run win ahead of 2014 WT20

The Shikha Pandey-led attack bowled India Women to a 26-run win against Ireland Women at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan No.4 Ground in their second warm-up match ahead of the 2014 Women's World T20. An unbeaten half-century by Punam Raut and 42 by Mithali Raj helped India Women to 148 for four after being asked to bat first by Ireland. Pandey then pumped the breaks on Ireland, and finished with figures of three for 24. The rest of the bowling attack then kept Ireland down to 122 for nine in their unsuccessful attempt of chasing down the 149-run target.

Clare Shillington and Emma Flanagan had added 61 runs before the latter retired at the end of 11 overs. With her team comfortably placed, Shillington, who was the dominant partner in the opening stand, looked to take the innings forward with Melissa Scott-Hayward. However, 10 runs later, the opener was sent back by Pandey, three short of her half-century. The breakthrough triggered a collapse, which tipped the balance in India's favour. Couple of overs later, Poonam Yadav struck to remove Cecelia Joyce, while Pandey dealt a double-blow in the next. She dismissed Scott-Hayward and Isobel Joyce to leave Ireland on 90 for five. In the following over, Soniya Dabir claimed Elena Tice and Jennifer Gary to reduce the opposition to 94 for seven. M Waldron was the next to be sent back by S Naidu, while E Richardson was run out in the last over with the score on 115. By then, India were firmly in the driver's seat.

Earlier, the 59-run opening stand between Raj and Smriti Mandhana helped lay a solid platform, before the former's quick-fire knock was ended by Lucy O'Reilly. Tice then bowled the new batter, Pandey, for one in the next over. However, Raut then came out and anchored the innings for the remaining 11 overs with a 40-ball 50.

While Raut looked to maintain the momentum set by Raj, she and Mandhana added just 10 runs, before the opener was run out for 20 halfway through the India innings. Dabir then joined Raut in adding 43 runs for the fourth wicket, before being sent back Louise McCarthy. With a little over three overs left, Harmanpreet Kaur came to the crease. Although she added only five runs, she was involved in a 30-run unbroken stand with Raut that helped India Women to 148 for four.

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Preview: World T20 – India vs Pakistan

Refreshed India seek a winning start, against arch-rivals

What

Match 13 of the ICC World Twenty20, 2014

When

Friday, March 21, (13:30 GMT | 19:30 Local | 19:00 IST)

Where

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

The Teams

India


Fresh from the Asia Cup heartbreak, Team India have gathered in Bangladesh once again. What is crucial is that MS Dhoni has returned to bolster the team on the batting and keeping front.

The Indians have had mixed performance in the two warm-up matches, with a win and a loss each. The good news is that the batsmen have struck form and the slow bowlers have been among wickets. The worrying factor is that the pacers have been expensive in both matches.

Considering the nature of the Mirpur wicket and India’s strength, they might go in with both, R Ashwin and Amit Mishra with Ravindra Jadeja chipping in as part-time slow bowler. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami can be expected to man the pace department.

On the batting front, the only choice is that between Yuvraj Singh and Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane’s recent form in the longer formats has been quite good while Yuvraj ended his domestic run-draught with a 33 against Sri Lanka in the first warm-up. Yuvraj’s bowling prowess might just put him ahead of Rahane on the team management’s radar.

Pakistan

The shorter the format, the more dangerously unpredictable Pakistan are as a team. While they chased down New Zealand’s 145 in their first warm-up, they were skittled out for 71 against South Africa in the second. Against India, it is wise to expect the brilliant Pakistan to turn up. And although the format was different, they will carry the confidence of their Asia Cup win over the neighbours.

Unlike their opponents, Pakistan will go with a pace-heavy attack, hence sticking to their own strength. However, the spin-friendly conditions will dictate that Saeed Ajmal and part-time spinners, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi, will play crucial roles.

While bowling is Pakistan’s strong suit, it is the batting that is mostly responsible for them blowing hot and cold. With Kamran Akmal among runs, Mohammad Hafeez’s fondness to perform against India and Shahid Afridi, Pakistan will hope for a decent batting show.

Key Players

India


His scores of 41 and 54 in the warm-ups suggest that Suresh Raina seems to have put his time away from the Indian team to great use. The more assuring factor is that the two knocks came against very different bowling attacks – Sri Lanka and England – and batting at different positions – three and five respectively. Raina’s role at No. 4 or 5 could be a game-changing one.

Pakistan

Mohammad Hafeeez averages 44 and 33 against India in ODIs and T20Is respectively. The Pakistan T20 captain certainly enjoys playing against the arch rivals. He will, no doubt, be a key cog in Pakistan’s batting line-up in their tournament opener. Moreover, when it comes to India, Hafeez is also a handful with the ball – he has picked nine Indian wickets in as many ODIs. To make matters worse for the opposition, he is in fine form too.

Statistics

Result summary in Twenty20 Internationals

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

India

46

26

19

1

56.52

Pakistan

78

48

30

0

61.54

 
India-Pakistan in World Twenty20

Date

Venue

Batted 1st

Batted 2nd

Result

14/09/2007

Durban

Ind 141/9

Pak 141/7

Match Tied (India won the bowl-out)

24/09/2007

Johannesburg

Ind 157/5

Pak 152

India won by 5 runs

30/09/2012

Colombo RPS

Pak 128

Ind 129/2

India won by 8 wickets


Last 5 matches (Most recent listed first)

India: W W L L W

Pakistan: L W W W L

Trivia

Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup match. India have won all three in Twenty20 World Cup and all five in ODI World Cup.

Yuvraj Singh needs 65 runs to surpass Gautam Gambhir’s Indian record of most (932) runs in Twenty20 Internationals.

The top-three bowlers in Twenty20 Internationals are all Pakistani – Saeed Ajmal (81), Umar Gul (74) and Shahid Afridi (73).

Shahid Afridi is the only player to aggregate 1000 runs and 50 wickets in Twenty20 Internationals.

Squads

India: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ravindra Jadeja

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Ahmed Shahzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Shohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar