World Cup opener crucial for qualification chances
- India Women dominate the head to head record against Pakistan Women, winning 10 out of 13 matches
- India have won five of the last six encounters between the two teams
India and Pakistan women begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a clash at Newlands, Cape Town on February 12th. India Women were dominant in the recent tri-series before losing the final to South Africa. They still remain favourites heading into this game at 1.22
Pakistan Women were recently hammered by 2-0 in Australia in a three-match T20I series. They scored 118 in the first game and 96/7 in the second, and lost both by eight wickets. They have much higher odds of winning this match at 2.75
How the pitch is likely to behave
The Newlands in Cape Town provided significant assistance for the bowlers in the SA20. Seamers are likely to find movement up front while spinners could be hard to tackle. The forecast suggests the match should have no threat of rain, with sunny and pleasant weather.
Our pick: India Women have a very formidable side, much stronger compared to Pakistan. Back India Women to win the match at 1.22!
India Women have some of the biggest stars in women’s cricket. The likes of Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma have the ability to win matches on their own. Compare that to Pakistan, who lack quality and power in the batting department. They do have a decent bowling line-up and will need to be at their best to challenge Indian women…
Keep an eye on…
Smriti Mandhana has a stellar record in T20 cricket and is one of the most important players for India. She has scored 2227 runs since 2018, averaging 30.5 while striking at nearly 130.
Nida Dar has been one of the pillars for Pakistan. She has scored 273 runs in the last 10 matches at 39 average and 115 strike rate. She has also picked 13 wickets in these games at 6.48 economy.