We are getting closer to England and Australia: Indian skipper Mithila Raj believes India can win women's WT20

hidden, Mar, 14 2016

Bengaluru: India skipper Mithali Raj believes the hosts are strong contenders for the Women's World Twenty 20 title and should be able to qualify for the semi-finals.

"With the kind of momentum we have, we should at least qualify for the semi-finals. From there, it's anyone's game," the experienced Mithali said on Monday.

Indian Women's Cricket team. GettyImages

Indian Women's Cricket team. GettyImages

In the tournament opener on Tuesday, hosts India will square-off against Bangladesh here in an afternoon match. It will be followed by an evening match in New Delhi when two-time finalists New Zealand take on Sri Lanka.

Australia have won the last three tournaments in 2010, 2012 and 2014 after England clinched the inaugural event at home in 2009. India, semi-finalists in the first two editions, will look to make up for an early exit in 2012 and 2014 with a dominant performance on home pitches.

Mithali said other teams had broken Australia and England's stranglehold on the game.

"Earlier it used to feel like those two teams were way ahead of the rest, but now the gap is closing. After our last two series wins, we too are strong contenders for the World Twenty20," she said.

Defending champions Australia have been drawn alongside Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka in Group A in the 10-nation event. The other group comprises Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan and the West Indies with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

The women's semi-finals on March 30 and 31 and the final on April 3 will be played in the lead up to the men's matches on the same days and at the same venues.

Only three sides -- Australia, England and New Zealand -- have appeared in Women's World T20 finals but the emergence of India and South Africa as serious contenders has spiced up the race. Mithali's girls stunned Australia 2-1 Down Under in January while South Africa claimed their first-ever T20I win over England last month.



Published Date: Mar 14, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 14, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115