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Before the Indian team left for Birmingham for the women’s T20 cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur had words about their chances of winning a medal, especially gold, at Edgbaston. Come Saturday, and India’s quest to win. Overcoming England’s hurdles in the first semi-final could give the elusive yellow metal a major boost.

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Harmanpreet and her side’s chances of a gold medal look set to materialize in the coming weekend. Gold or even a podium finish has the potential to inject another wave of support into women’s cricket, given India’s obsession with winning medals at the World Games.

In India’s campaign so far, despite a three-wicket loss to Australia, there are positives from all sides. Harmanpreet led the attack with the bat against Australia, which Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma carried forward against Pakistan. Against Barbados, where they were 92-4, Jemimah Rodrigues (56 not out) and Deepti Sharma (34 not out) did the trick with the batting.

With the ball, fast bowler Renuka Thakur has managed to take two four-wicket hauls and become the current leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Veteran all-rounder Sneh Rana’s debut in an international tournament saw her stem Pakistan’s run flow and India’s spin department has been steady with the support of Deepti and Radha Yadav.

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But one of India’s weak links in recent times has been its inability to win big matches. As such, they failed to beat Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa (by a narrow margin) in this year’s ODI World Cup.

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Moreover, England is a team that has left India in the path to glory in the past, be it the ODI World Cup final in 2017 or the T20 World Cup semi-final in 2018. Despite the absence of regular captain Heather Knight, England finished top of Group B compared to India’s second place in Group A.

Teenager Alice Capsey has been the best attacking third while veteran fast bowler Catherine Brunt has provided chops from both sides with the bat and more importantly with the ball. Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, young pacer Issy Wong and Freya Kemp were a joy to watch.

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One hopes that India, with a ‘killing attitude’, hopes to erase the past margin that saw them finish second best in matches that mattered so much and continue their quest for gold.

Squads

England: Maia Bouchier, Catherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wicketkeeper), Freya Kemp, Nat Sciver (vice-captain), Bryony Smith, Issy Wong and Danny Wyatt

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, S. Meghna, Tania Sapna Bhatia (wicketkeeper), Yastika Bhatia (wicketkeeper), Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol and Sneh Rana.

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