Batting worries Indians ahead of opener against England

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Hosts England are the 50-over World Cup winners but with the Twenty20 format new to all the teams, Jhulan Goswami’s side can fancy upsetting the tournament favourites.

The Indians, who have played just two T20 Internationals, finished third in the ODI World Cup in March and they did not have the best of the build-ups to the tournament with a 17-run loss to New Zealand here on Tuesday in their only warm-up game. Skipper Jhulan Goswami was confident that her side had the wherewithal to be among the top sides in the tournament.

“You need to play with your mind. If you’re mentally strong you can beat (any team) and we are confident about ourselves,” she said. Goswami will though depend a lot on her two seniormost team-mates -- Anjum Chopra and Mithali Raj -- to soar up the batting which could not chase down 124 against New Zealand.

Chopra has scored a century and two half-centuries in 13 ODIs in England and if India have to beat England she will have to contribute in a big way with the bat.

India coach Sudha Shah had said before leaving for the tournament: “We have a balanced side with a mix of experience and young players in the team. We have one of the best bowling attacks. Gouher Sultana has been bowling well in her first few series and Priyanka Roy was our highest wicket-taker in the 50-over World Cup”.

England have played 11 T20 Internationals (six wins and five losses) and they have two experience campaigners in captain Charlotte Edwards and Claire Taylor. The first round of the tournament will be played at Taunton, the home of English county Somerset, while the semifinals (at Trent Bridge in Nottingham and the Oval in London) and the final (at Lord’s in London) to be played simultaneously with the men’s ICC World Twenty20.

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