India and Sri Lanka reignite World Cup rivalry
India and Sri Lanka will reignite memories of the 2011 World Cup final when they clash in a do-or-die battle at the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men in blue won the World Cup for only the second time by defeating Sri Lanka at the same venue.
Sri Lanka Women have never beaten their Indian counterparts in a one-day international but will buoyed by their stunning win over defending champions England in the opening match.
But they suffered a humiliating 209-run defeat in the next match against West Indies.
India on the other hand beat West Indies by 109 runs but succumbed to a 32-run defeat against England.
With all four teams haviing one win apiece the two sides that win on Tuesday - England play West Indies in Mumbai as well - will proceed to the Super Six, while the final spot will go to the losing team with the better net run-rate from Group A.
Sri Lanka will be looking to stun India who are not willing to take the opposition lightly despite having an unbeaten record against the islanders.
“We have no option but to win our last game against India,” said Sri Lanka skipper Shashikala Siriwardena. “I will tell the girls to look at positives from our match against England and implement those against India. At the same time, we will try and learn from the mistakes we made against West Indies.”
"It is simple. If we want to qualify for the Super Sixes, this game is do or die for us," Mithali Raj said in the pre-match press conference, according to Times of India.
"We are not going to take Sri Lanka lightly. On such wickets it could be anybody's game," added the 30-year-old allrounder. "It's the World Cup and we don't want to look down on any side. They have done well against England. I'm hoping that our team will put in a good effort."
India: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Ekta Bisht, Karu Jain, Jhulan Goswami, Reema Malhotra, Mona Meshram, Sulakshana Naik, Nagarajan Niranjana, Rasanara Parwin, Poonam Raut, Amita Sharma, Shubhlakshmi Sharma, Thirush Kamini, Gouher Sultana
Sri Lanka: Shashikala Siriwardena (captain), Sandamali Dolawatte, Dilani Manodara, Chamari Atapattu, Deepika Rasangika, Eshani Kaushalya, Chamani Seneviratna, Sripali Weerakkody, Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoka Ranaweera, Prasadani Weerakkody, Lasanthi Madhushani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sharina Ravikumar, Yasoda Mendis.
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