Australia geared up for India challenge: Mooney

the Australia opener, said that they have braced themselves for the challenge of facing an upbeat Indian side in the Women’s World Cup semifinal to be played in Derby, on Thursday (July 20).
Mooney admitted that India have enough match-winners in their side, who in turn can take the game away from the opposition ranks. The Asian nation reached the last-four after thumping New Zealand by a margin of 186 runs in their last league game. India have also won all their four matches in Derby so far.
“I think India are a very challenging side to play against, some days they can take the game on and have some match-winning players in their side as well,” she said.
The opening batter noted that Australia won’t ‘change their plans’ for the eagerly-awaited semifinal encounter and will look to come hard at India. Kristen Beams (10), Jess Jonassen (9) and Megan Schutt (9) have all been among the wickets, while Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning are in prime form with the bat in hand. Australia have also won seven of their last eight ODIs against India.
“Our plans never really change regardless of who we are playing against. We are always looking to take early wickets and get the other team on the back foot. Hopefully we can see the bowlers fire up on Thursday, and we get a couple of early poles.
“I definitely think the momentum is building nicely towards the semi-final. We’ve done a lot of preparation in Australia and it’s obviously been a long tournament so far so hopefully in the next couple of days we can fine tune everything that we’ve been working on and roll into the semi-final ready to go,” Mooney said.

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