Indian team qualifies for 2017 ICC Women's World Cup
Indian women booked their place in the upcoming 2017 ICC Women's World Cup as they thrashed Bangladesh in the Super Six stage of the qualifying tournament. After restricting Bangladesh to 155, skipper Mithali Raj and Mona Meshram hit half-centuries to guide the Indian team to a nine-run victory. India are unbeaten in the qualifiers and will now face Pakistan in the next match.
ICC Women's World Cup qualifier as the name suggests, serves as the final stage of the qualification process for 2017 Women's World Cup, set to begin on 24 June 2017. 10 teams contest in the qualifier tournament to claim four spots, which enables them to play the World Cup. The tournament will be played from 7-21 Feb, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The ten teams competing to qualify for the World Cup are divided into two groups of five each, in the initial round. Each team will play the other four teams in their respective group once and at the end of first round, top three teams from each group advance to Super Six stage. Top four teams from Super Six stage qualify for World Cup.
The competing ten teams include : Group A - Ireland, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe; Group B - Bangladesh, South Africa, Scotland, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea.
Indian women's cricket team began their World Cup qualifying campaign by comfortably beating the hosts, Sri Lanka. Batting first, India posted a total of 259/4 and the Lankans were able to manage just 145/8, handing the women in blue an easy victory. Collective batting performances from captain Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, and Devika Vaidya, guided India to the 114-run win.
From Group A, apart from India Ireland also won their match against Zimbabwe. In Group B matches, South Africa and Bangladesh women won their respective matches against Pakistan and Papua New Guniea.