India to take on hosts Australia in tough openerIndia and Australia are set to meet in the opening match of Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 today. The two sides are taking on each other a few days after the tri-series final in which India lost to Australia. India warmed up to the tournament by beating West Indies in the practice match while Australia beat South Africa in their warm-up match. Both teams were involved in a game that was washed out without a ball being bowled due to rain.

The memories of the 2018 T20 World Cup semi-final still remain fresh. India 89 for 2 to 112-all out in the semi-final against England before crashing out of the tournament. What followed was a tough phase for women’s cricket in the recent past. There was a public fallout between Mithali Raj who was left out for the semi-final and then coach Ramesh Powar.

Mithali and captain Harmanpreet needed time to move on from the bitter episode. Coach Ramesh Powar was sacked and WV Raman was brought on board to take the team forward.

Cut to 2020, India have headed to Australia looking forward to better things in the marquee event.

Coach WV Raman believes India, whose average age is 22.8, are ‘definitely one of the favourites’. India certainly have the team to challenge the best in the business at the T20 World Cup.