Women’s World T20: India to face New Zealand in opening clash

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New Delhi: The Indian cricket team will be up against New Zealand in the opening clash of the Women’s World T20 to be held at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Friday.

Since the inception of the Women’s World T20 in 2009, held in 2009, held in England, India have participated in all five editions played so far.

The Indian team showed their best performance in 2009 and 20110 editions, in which they reached the semi-finals.

The Indian team led by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur after facing New Zealand in the opening match will be up against arch-rivals Pakistan on November 11, Ireland on November 15 and three time champions Australia on November 17.

The team, picked up by the All-India Women’s Selection Committee, will have opener Smriti Mandhana as Harmanpreet’s deputy. Smriti has been in sensational form this year. The likes of Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav have also been selected in the squad.

India is placed in Group B along with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland in the 10-team event.

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