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Commonwealth Games 2022: India’s Harmanpreet Kaur To Face Arch-Rival Bismah Maroof From Pakistan

The big-ticket clash will be a make-or-break situation for both sides as the Pakistan women's cricket team lost to Barbados in its first match.

After losing to Australia in the opener, the Indian women’s cricket team will eye its first win in CWG 2022 when it meets arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on July 31.

The big-ticket clash will be a make-or-break situation for both sides as the Pakistan women’s cricket team lost to Barbados in its first match. A win will keep them in the medal hunt as the top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

Here are the top players to watch out for ahead of the historic game.

Smriti Mandhana

  • Left-handed opening batter of India
  • Played 87 matches under her belt
  • Mustered 2033 runs, 14 half-centuries
  • Achieved a strike rate of 120

Deepti Sharma

  • Left-handed middle order batter
  • A right arm off spinner
  • Scored 520 runs in 61 T20Is
  • Picked up 63 wickets in 61 T20Is

Harmanpreet Kaur

  • Middle-order mainstay
  • Only Indian woman to hit 100 in T20I cricket
  • Awarded player of the tournament in ODIs and T20Is
  • Kaur is 89 runs away from completing 2500 T20I runs

Shafali Verma

  • Right-hand batter
  • Right arm Offbreak bowling style
  • Strike rate of 139 in the quickest format of the game

Rajeshwari Gayakwad

  • Slow left-arm spinner
  • Represented India in all three formats
  • Picked up 45 wickets in 35 innings in T20Is
  • Scalped 96 ODI wickets in 61 matches

Bismah Maroof

  • Left-handed batter
  • Right-arm leg break bowler
  • 11 half-centuries in T20Is
  • Played 108 WODIs
  • Scored 2,600+ runs in WODIs

Nida Dar

  • Vice-captain of Pakistan’s team
  • Picked 100 T20I wickets
  • Awarded Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2021

Bowlers Diana Baig and Fatima Sana also have the potential to disturb world-class batters with their steady line and length.

The two teams have played each other in T20 cricket 11 times. While India won nine matches securing the fourth rank, seventh-ranked Pakistan have won twice.

The last time two teams met in a T20 match was in 2018 ICC Women’s World Cup.