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ICC Women's World Cup 2017: Team India eyeing to lift the trophy
The journey of the Indian women's cricket team in the ongoing World Cup has been a very satisfactory one so far.

Team India is very proudly leading the tally with 6 points closely followed by Australia. Australia's run rate is slightly lower than India's at +0.724 as they firmly stand at number two with team India leading with a run rate of +1.110 at number one.

However, at this stage, this really does not matter as its still early days into the tournament. Both India and Australia have won their initial matches. Team India at the moment should invariably be looking to win their next match by all means against Sri Lanka.

The chances of India winning against Sri Lanka are bright by simply relying on the fact that the Lankans have lost all their three played matches so far and stand at the bottom end of the table (Sri Lanka 6th and Pakistan at 7th). If India win against Sri Lanka, then they will become table toppers with 8 points. This equation would become favourable for India in outperforming New Zealand or South Africa.

Honestly, the encounters of team India against New Zealand and Australia will prove to be real challenges also determining their prospects in the World Cup. Although losing to New Zealand or Australia will not force India out of the tournament, but still would halt their victory march. A lot is dependent on the outcome of the following five crucial encounters:

1) England vs South Africa on 5/7/2017

2) England vs Australia on 9/7/2017

3) England vs New Zealand on 12/7/2017

4) Australia vs South Africa on 15/07/2017

Now again, if we consider the possibilities of England, it appears that it will be almost impossible for them to beat South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Likewise, New Zealand have already lost one match (out of three played) and any further damage will make it very difficult for them to recover. Honestly, they do not stand much chance against South Africa.

Given the outstanding performance that Team India has displayed so far, I strongly believe that they can, of course with a little bit of luck, beat New Zealand as well.

So, the remaining challenge will be form South Africa and Australia, both teams who are better in terms of batting, bowling and fielding when compared to India.

Here again, the rain Gods might also play a decisive role. In case, Australia and South Africa land in a situation where they have to share a point each for a no result, it will be a big boost for India. Although the opposite could also hamper India's chances. Nevertheless, India is now a confident outfit with inflated morals. With a bit of luck, the form of prime batswomen, improvement in fielding and the hard work put in by our bowlers, our girls can compete well.

Our bowlers have been really performing well especially Ekta Bisht, who proved her mettle by taking 5 wickets against Pakistan on Sunday with an impressive economy rate of 1.88, duly supported by other bowlers. Also, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Shikha Verma have the guts to turn the tables under any given situation. They

have also shown considerable improvement in their fielding and more importantly the Indian girls are playing as one cohesive unit supporting each other in a very effective manner.

Right now, the team's immediate concern should be the performance of Smriti Mandhana who got out cheaply against Pakistan, although she has played a vital role in almost every match of the tournament so far. Also, the teams from the Indian subcontinent sometimes have the knack of being inconsistent. But overall, Team India should easily beat Sri Lanka, further cementing their position in the World Cup.

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