By Shashank Kishore in Sylhet
India Women and Pakistan Women set to renew rivalry in qualification match for ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016
The third-place finish has earned India an ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 qualifying match against Pakistan Women, the fourth-placed team in Group A. The traditional rivals will face off at the Sylhet Stadium in Wednesday’s (April 2) second match at the venue, after New Zealand Women plays against Sri Lanka in the first one.
India will be quietly confident going into the clash against the Sana Mir-led Pakistan. Mithali Raj, the India captain, has been the side’s batting mainstay for a long time now, and is in a rich vein of form with two successive half-centuries. The win against West Indies, in particular, would have given India a boost, both because the opponent was a strong side and for the ease with which victory was accomplished by nine wickets.
Pakistan’s only victory was against the inexperienced Ireland Women side, and though the side has shown flashes of brilliance, it hasn’t found the consistency to put together 40 overs of good cricket on a regular basis in the tournament so far.
However, a match against India may be just what Pakistan needs for an extra lift. The men’s clashes between both teams are amongst the most eagerly awaited international matches, and even if the women’s match-up doesn’t attract the same number of eyeballs, the players and fans know that the intensity is unlikely to be diminished.