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Can India rewrite history against England?

by Shaju Mon
Women’s T20 World cup : India versus England

India have had a perfect ride so far at the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. From stunning the hosts in the opening match of the tournament in front of a record crowd to being ruthless in the group stage, Harmanpreet Kaur’s girls have caught the attention of the cricketing world Down Under.

India has never reached the final in the previous seven editions but this time they have emerged as serious title contenders after a string of superlative performances.

The Indians are in red-hot form, but history favors England as they have won all the five matches played between the two sides in this tournament. The last time, the two teams met in a T20 World Cup, England won by eight wickets in the semifinals in West Indies. Before that, India lost in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions — all in group stages.

Not many can forget the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup final. India, led by Mithali Raj, punched above their weight to give themselves a chance at clinching glory. It looked like India was on course to a historic win at the Lord’s as they were dominant for the most part of their 229-run chase.

The current team has seven players who played in the 2018 semi-finals and they would be looking to turn the tables on the Englishwomen this time. The Indians will also take confidence from the win against England in the tri-series in Australia ahead of this World Cup.

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