WI Women eyeing semi-final berth
DHARAMSALA, India (CMC):
An upbeat West Indies Women take on one of the tournament favourites, England Women, here today, cognisant of the fact a victory will secure them a berth in the final four of the Women's Twenty20 World Cup.
The Caribbean side sits top of Group B with four points following wins over Pakistan Women and Bangladesh Women, but will know their English opponents provide their sternest test yet, in the fixture set for the picturesque HPCA Stadium at 7:30 p.m. (10 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time).
Head coach Vasbert Drakes said they were aware of the importance of the game and were motivated, especially coming off back-to-back wins.
"I think it is important that we play some good cricket tomorrow. Obviously the points would give us that momentum going into the semi-finals," the former West Indies all-rounder said yesterday.
"We've won the first two games and the ladies are feeling quite confident in their ability to execute our game plan come tomorrow against England."
He added: "Obviously, you want to see the energy from ball one, you want to see us getting involved in the game and trying to control the game early on and trying to create some pressure and keep that pressure for a long period of time.
"We believe, with our team, we've seen a balance within in the last two games. Everyone is feeling quite confident that on their given day, if they can execute, they can get the upper hand on England."
West Indies Women opened the tournament with victory over Pakistan Women when they superbly defended a paltry total of 103.
They were sharper in their outing against Bangladesh Women last Sunday, posting a competitive 148 and then restricting their opponents to a mere 99.
KEEPING RUNS LOW
In both games, Windies Women managed to restrict their opposition to under 100 runs, courtesy of the off-spin trio of Matthews, Taylor and front line bowler Anisa Mohammed.
Drakes said he did not foresee any major changes in this approach, especially with the pitch at the HPCA Stadium looking conducive to slow bowling.
"We, as a unit, have always talked about everyone making a contribution to the team cause and the two games that we have played, you can see that the spinners have really come into the equation on the wickets in India and bowled with some subtle variations that would have created the pressure on the Bangladeshis and certainly on the Pakistanis," Drakes explained.