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ICC World T20: India favourites against Pakistan in women’s contest

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Mar 19, 2016, 1:34 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2016, 1:34 pm IST
This Indo-Pak ICC World Twenty20 fixture is in total contrast to the other one which has been embroiled in controversies before the start of the tournament. (Photo: AP/PTI)
 This Indo-Pak ICC World Twenty20 fixture is in total contrast to the other one which has been embroiled in controversies before the start of the tournament. (Photo: AP/PTI)

New Delhi: The Indo-Pak rivalry will not just be limited to men on Saturday in the ICC World Twenty20 as the women’s teams from both the countries will also square off in a low-on-hype contest where the hosts will start firm favourites.

The in-form Indian women’s team and Pakistan will clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in their second Group B ICC World Twenty20 match here, a few hours before their male counterparts lock horns in Kolkata.

With a dominating 5-1 record against Pakistan in T20Is and on the back of a thumping win in their tournament opener against Bangladesh, the Mithali Raj-led women’s team will definitely start favourites in the Group B fixture.

This Indo-Pak ICC World Twenty20 fixture is in total contrast to the other one which has been embroiled in controversies before the start of the tournament.

India and Pakistan women’s teams have played each other only in six Twenty20 Internationals, without much fanfare.

India last played Pakistan in the 2014 edition of World T20 in Bangladesh where the Mithali-led eves managed to sneak out with a close six-run win over their arch-rivals and come Saturday they would like to continue their good run.

Going by their present form and past record, the Indian eves are expected to get past their neighbours without much trouble before they take on top teams like England and West Indies in quest of the two semifinal sports up for grabs from their group.

Unlike previous edition where they were ousted in the group stages, the Indian eves are a contender this time around, courtesy their recent good showing in the T20 format which includes their historic 2-1 T20 away series win over mighty Australia in late January this year followed by the 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in the run up to the ongoing World T20.

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