India's batting will once again heavily depend on skipper Mithali Raj as has been the case throughout the ICC Women's World Cup 2017. She is now in form and the conditions in Derby are likely to assist her.
She scored 69 in defeat to the Australians earlier in the group stage but knows that counts for nothing when India face the Meg Lanning-led side on Thursday. The backdrop leading to the game couldn't have been more menacing for the Women in Blue.
With rain playing a spoilsport, the match was reduced to 42-over-a-side affair, and India captain Mithali Raj felt it would be a good wicket to bat on. India has reached the semi-final of the tournament for the first time after 12-years. For her entire career, she has been burdened with being the one and only, and now in what could be her last, or, hopefully, second-last match, she has the chance to go out, having taken Indian cricket from the bottom to the top.
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For Australia, too, captain Meg Lanning has been the player to watch out. Beating Australia in a pressure game will be an uphill task for the Indian side despite their commendable performances so far. They have saved 15-20 runs in every game and in an ODI it is indeed a creditable job. "That has really hurt India". Indian bowlers bowled out the whole team of New Zealand and Pakistan inside 80-runs.
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Villani gave Australia some hope with an excellent knock in a partnership of 105 with Perry, who was unable to match the positivity of her partner in a sluggish innings. A key area for improvement in the Indian team is their fielding.
"How the players play the situation is important because having said that Derby is our home ground, you need to perform on that day to win".
Kulkarni, who played 19 Tests and 27 ODIs from 1976 to 1991, said: "Australia have always been very competitive, but we have been beaten them (in the 2009 World Cup) so it's not that they are unbeatable".
"Every side's unsafe, we know that they have a few matchwinners in their side, and you saw with a couple of the innings from their batters during that game against New Zealand", Jonassen said.