India vs Ireland: Everything you need to know

Javeria Khan hit a captain's innings as she guided her side to victory

Javeria Khan hit a captain's innings as she guided her side to victory

Things look good for India, especially with New Zealand losing two in two, but they must guard against complacency. That hasn't happened, and against India first and then New Zealand, it will be tough.

While Kaur herself - having scored a century against New Zealand in the opening game - and Mithali Raj - having scored a match-winning 50 against Pakistan - are in good nick, she would want the likes of Smriti Mandhana to get back to her usual run-scoring form.

The match between Harmanpreet Kaur-led India and Ireland will start at 20:30 IST and it will be played at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.

The ICC Women's World T20 fixture between India and Ireland is being telecast on Star Sports 1 and 1 HD, Hindi 1 and Hindi 1 HD and Tamil 1. India will enter the game against the Irish as overwhelming favourites but Kaur is aware that her team can not afford to take things for granted in this mega-event. While skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and the young Jemimah Rodrigues batted out the White Ferns comprehensively in the first match, the second game witnessed a composed knock from veteran Mithali Raj that helped India outshine Pakistan.

Going into Thursday's match, India will be desperately hoping for their opening batter Smriti Mandhana to come up with a big score. After failing in the opener, Mandhana got to a decent start in the second tie, but eventually failed to capitalise on it.

Off-break bowler Dyalan Hemalatha and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav shone with 10 wickets among them so far and they leading the bowling chart for the team.

Pakistan, who had lost their first two matches, reached 139 for six from their 20 overs, with Javeria Khan unbeaten on 74 of 52 balls.

Ireland remain at bottom of Group B after their second defeat of the tournament, while Pakistan's first win of the tournament keeps them third.

Javeria brought up a 41-ball half-century, just her fifth in 84 T20 global matches, with a four off debutant Celeste Raack and although seamer Lucy O'Reilly picked up three late scalps Pakistan put up a competitive 139-6.

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