When: Thursday, July 20 at 10:30 AM Local Time (3:00 PM IST)
Where: County Ground, Derby
What to expect: The conditions on offer here have been ideal for the slow bowlers, something that India has relished ever since setting foot in the UK. Of the six completed games in this tournament at this venue, the team batting first has won each time, which makes the choice simple for the captain winning the toss. 280 has been crossed twice by the team batting first while India have also defended a total of 169 here, with their spinners having a big say. The weather is expected to be pleasant, with a high of 20 degree Celsius and partly cloudy conditions.
Australia: Lanning, who has been carrying a shoulder injury, has missed two matches so far including Australia’s last game against South Africa. However, she is expected to return for this make-or-break match, which means Rachael Haynes would have to sit out.
India: Replacing Ekta Bisht for the previous game, Rajeshwari Gayakwad came up with a match-winning 5 for 15 against New Zealand. A like-for-like replacement for Bisht, Gayakwad is likely to be persisted with considering that she is fresh off a career-best performance.
What they said:
“We’ll make sure we’re really clear what our plans are. On any given day, it’s irrelevant where we play, if we play our best cricket hopefully we’ll win the match” – Nicole Bolton.
“How the players play the situation is important because having said that Derby is our home ground, you need to perform on that day to win” – Mithali Raj.