India to take on England in Women's World Cup opener

The eight teams that have qualified for the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup are defending champions and favourites Australia, India, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan. This is a first of its kind and will surely attract a lot of fans.

"The Pakistan women's side does not need to go far to find inspiration ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017". "The support this time is huge and people are following women's cricket back home so if we can cause a couple of upsets in our campaign and improve our ranking, it would be great news for our cricket and for Pakistanis".

While, Aneesh Madani, Head of Sports Partnerships, Asia Pacific, Twitter said, "Cricket has a special place in the hearts of Twitter users around the world". England won the World Cup on the two previous occasions they staged the tournament, triumphing in the inaugural 1973 edition and again in 1993, as well as lifting the trophy in Sydney in 2009.

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"Playing the host nation in the first game definitely brings pressure with it, but they will have their own pressure playing at home".

Pakistan was the eighth-ranked side coming into the tournament and had barely managed to qualify.

Sana thinks cricket has become more about controlling one's nerves under pressure as she prepares to take on the Proteas in Leicester. Pressure comes with that, but as a team we try and embrace that.

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India will have their task cut out when they lock horns with title contenders England in the tournament opener. "The day we pull it off in both departments, that is when we can upset any team", Sana concluded.

During the Pakistan innings (in the final) we were practicing at Grace Road, and then before lunch we saw the last 10 overs of the Pakistan batting and we were super-excited about the way they played.

Going into the tournament, the India skipper is happy with the preparations and is confident that they will put in a good performance. England will be bolstered by the return of talented wicket-keeper/batsman Sarah Taylor following a stress-related illness.

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India will bank on the experience of Mithali Raj, the world's second highest-capped batter behind Charlotte Edwards of England with 177 women's ODIs to her name.

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