Women’s cricket is all set to mark its debut at the Commonwealth Games on the 29th of July in Birmingham, England. The tournament will see 12 league stage games followed by 4 knockout games with the medal games set to be played on the 7th of August. The tournament will be played in the Twenty20 format and will feature 8 nations divided into two groups with India, Australia, Pakistan and Barbados in group A and England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka in other, group B.
India play their opening game against Australia on the 29th of July. This contest never disappoints and is rapidly growing as a rich cricket rivalry in the making. Below are Team India’s fixtures against the opponents in the league and knockout rounds.
STANDBY PLAYERS: Simran Dil Bahadur, Richa Ghosh, Poonam Yadav.
India at the Commonwealth Games will miss overlooked player Shikha Pandey as she’s very much suited for those English conditions and tracks. In other news, India is also a couple of players short in Pooja Vastrakar and Sabbhineni Meghana who’ve been moved into strict isolation after testing positive for the virus before the team’s flight to Birmingham.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur has been on an excellent run in the recent past. In India’s buildup series against Sri Lanka, she bagged the player of the series award after strings of excellent performances.
Opener, Shafali Verma who’s well suited to the T20I format is a must-watch. The teenager has upped her game with a touch of maturity and it’s better than ever before.
Opener, Smriti Mandhana the ever elegant has had a good run in the shortest format and is familiar with what it takes at ICC events. She enjoys batting upfront with Shafali as she gets time to settle in and then go big.
Spin all-rounder, Deepti Sharma has been very good with the ball in hand and bowls tight lines and length to frustrate the batters. She now has gone a level up in her batting which is a big bonus for India and that’s even made a confidence difference in her bowling.
LIVE STREAMING DETAILS (IN INDIA)
In India, the Women’s Cricket games at the Commonwealth Games can be watched live on Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX, and Sony TEN 4 television channels. The digital streaming will be available on the Sony LIV app.