India Women
Pictured: Indian women cricketers celebrate fall of a wicket during the ICC Women`s World T20 match between India and Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on March 19, 2016.IANS

After a comprehensive 3-0 whitewash over the West Indies women's cricket team in the three-match ODI series, Indian women team get set to take on the Caribbean nation in a three-match T20 series. The first of three T20Is take place on Friday at the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground, Mulapadu.

The likes of Veda Krishnamurthy, Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht and Rajeshwari Gayakwad impressed in the recently-concluded 50-over series in Mulapadu, a village in Andhra Pradesh, and the venue has already turned out to be a happy hunting ground for Mithali Raj and her army.

Direct qualification for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 remains the aim now for the India team as the recent run of form can only help in achieving their aim. This was only the second successive ODI series sweep by the India women's cricket team after they got past Sri Lanka women in February.

Mithali Raj and co may not have had a good campaign in the ICC Women's World T20 earlier this year but their recent form can come as a major ray of hope going ahead to the next big ICC tournament next year.

"We did really well in the ODI series and I hope that we are able to carry the same momentum in the T20 series as well," said Harmanpreet Kaur, skipper of the India women's cricket team in T20s. "We all know that they [West Indies women] are really good at T20. We want (to take) the confidence that we got from the ODI series (win and) want to perform well in T20 also.

"They are World T20 champions so if we do well in T20, it will help in Asia Cup also," added the 27-year-old Indian all-rounder.


1st T20I: India Women vs West Indies Women gets under way at 10 am local time (04:30 GMT) on November 17.

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