India lost their last game to England and need to win against Ireland to remain in contention for a semi-final spot.
On Monday, India Women (IND-W) will face Ireland Women (IRE-W) in the 18th match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 at St George’s Park in Gqeberha (February 20). In their final match of the tournament, India were defeated by England by 11 runs. Renuka Singh’s five-for limited England to 151 runs, but the Women in Blue fell short of their target despite Smriti Mandhana’s fifty.
The Indian team is still second in Group 2 with four points from three games. A win increases their chances of reaching the semi-finals and potentially facing Australia.
Ireland’s World Cup campaign came to an end with a six-wicket defeat to West Indies in the final over. Olra Prendergast scored 61 off 47 balls to help Ireland score 137 runs. West Indies captain Hayley Matthews, on the other hand, produced a career-best knock to chase the target on the penultimate ball. Ireland’s third straight loss in the tournament resulted in an early exit.
IND-W vs IRE-W Match Details:
Venue: St George’s Park, Gqeberha
Date & Time: February 20, 06:30 PM IST
In T20 cricket, the pitch at George’s Park in Gqeberha provides a balanced surface. In the last two games here, India struggled against England while chasing a 152-run target, while Australia easily chased 125 runs. With a new ball, the Pacers received good support, and teams will most likely choose to chase in the game.
IND-W vs IRE-W Probable Playing XI
India Women (IND-W):
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Richa Ghosh (WK), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh
Ireland Women (IRE-W):
Amy Hunter, Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson, Laura Delany (C), Louise Little, Arlene Kelly, Mary Waldron (WK), Leah Paul, Cara Murray, Jane Maguire
Match Prediction: India Women will win the match.