Harmanpreet Kaur’s side was the first to sail through to the knockout stages after securing wins against defending champions Australia, as well as Bangladesh and New Zealand, in the first week of the tournament. Despite that, Kaur doesn’t want to settle for anything less.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka has lost both the matches they have played so far against Australia and New Zealand and are almost out of the contention of making to the last four-stage.
A win over the Lankans would ensure India finish as the group A leaders and Kaur is eyeing nothing less than that.
Sri Lanka has been doing well: Harmanpreet Kaur
Even though Sri Lanka has lost all matches against opponents, they gave a tough fight to each team they faced. They reduced the Australian score to 10 for 3 in their league match against Australia.
“I know we have qualified, but the next game is still crucial for us. We will be taking Sri Lanka very seriously,” Kaur asserted.
“They’ve been doing well. I know they haven’t won a game, but they were almost there on both occasions. We will be taking it very seriously before we start thinking about the semi-finals,” she added.
We try to take every wicket: Harmanpreet Kaur
The Indian skipper also said the wicket of Chamari Athapaththu would be important and they don’t want to give any freebies and take the wicket of the Sri Lankan batter as early as possible.
”We try to take every wicket in all of our games. Every wicket is an important one at this level,” said Kaur.
We just have to try and stick to our plan, especially to get out the likes of Chamari Athapaththu early. That will be crucial,” she added.
Sri Lanka, sitting in the fourth place in Group A, would be keen for wins in their next two games.
On the other hand, India will look to continue their dominance in the middle with Shafali Verma firing at the top.