Harmanpreet Kaur and Nat Syver. (Photo – BCCI Women Twitter)
Birmingham: Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and elected to bat first against England in the semi-final of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday.
Both the teams are entering the semi-finals after big wins in their last matches. England beat New Zealand by seven wickets in their last match while India beat Barbados by 100 runs in their last match.
India are second in Group A while England have topped Group B. Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur said at the coin toss, “We are going to bat first. This is a new track and will remain so throughout the game. Before the main game, everyone is performing. Now is the right time for the team to perform. Our bowlers are doing well. I am happy with the way they are bowling.”
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“I’m still happy to bowl first,” England captain Nat Syver said at the toss. We are good at adapting. (On Haley Jensen’s swing bowling) This is a skill she has had for 3-4 years. Our batting and bowling have boosted our confidence.”
Indian Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Tania Bhatia (W), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh.
England Women (Playing XI): Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Natalie Sciver (C), Amy Jones (W), Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Catherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong, Sarah Glenn.
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