Can Pakistan compete?
India against Pakistan in World Cups is anyway a lopsided battle. This is as true in the women’s game as in the men’s. India have beaten Pakistan in all three encounters in the Women’s ODI World Cup and they have odds of 1.09 to keep that streak going on March 6 when these teams meet in the 2022 Women’s ODI World Cup.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have finished bottom of the group in all but one of the women’s World Cups and are a team grappling with a few talented players and a few other ordinary ones. Pakistan have odds of 5.71 to cause an upset, which looks rather unlikely.
India enjoy a 100% head-to-head record
India have faced Pakistan in women’s ODIs 10 times and have never lost to them. In fact, include the 11 T20Is too and India have won 19 international women’s games against Pakistan, while losing just two. The ODI wins include three World Cup victories too.
RECOMMENDED BET: India have odds of 1.09 to win their first match of the 2022 Women’s ODI World Cup and with strong performances in recent times, are favourites to win.
Pakistan beat New Zealand in the warm-up game before the World Cup and this side is genuinely one of the best they have put out for a World Cup. Can they cause an upset against the arch-rivals, though? Unlikely.
Keep an eye on…
Mithali Raj: The skipper is batting quicker these days and has a terrific record against Pakistan, averaging 52.4 with one hundred and one fifty against them.
Aliya Riaz: She has 382 runs in ODIs since 2021, the most by a Pakistani batter. Averaging 47.75 in this time frame, she also has two fifties and is tipped to be Pakistan’s too batter.
TIP: Smriti Mandhana is in red hot form and is fit to play the first game. Mandhana has odds of 2.17 to score a fifty, the chances of which are high given Pakistan’s listless new ball attack.