Women's World T20, Semi-Final 2: India opt to bat against England

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 23, 2018, 05.17 AM (IST)

Indian Women team won the toss and opted to bat against England Women in the second semi-final of Women's World T20 2018 at Antigua's Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

In the absence of Mithali Raj, India will look to book a finale berth.

Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the team as Mithali Raj has been dropped in the finale. In a shock decision, the unbeaten Indians have not brought back their all-time record T20 runscorer Raj, instead choosing to retain the same team which defeated Australia in their final group game in Guyana five days earlier.

England also resisted the temptation to alter their side despite going down to the West Indies in a low-scoring encounter in St Lucia last Sunday, their first defeat of the tournament.

The winners will face Australia in the final on Saturday at the same venue after the three-time champions crushed title-holders and hosts West Indies by 71 runs in the first match of the semi-final double-header.

Playing XI: 

England Women: Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Amy Ellen Jones(w), Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight(c), Lauren Winfield, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Hazell, Sophie Ecclestone, Kirstie Gordon

India Women: Taniya Bhatia(w), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Poonam Yadav