Thanks to some excellent play by the Indians, the home side went into the knockout stages with a score of 87, securing an unassailable lead in the three-match series.
Strong-hitting opener Shafali Verma will once again be under the scrutiny of the selectors after two setbacks in the series.
Although her 19 off 14 balls ended up being the team’s highest score in the memorable collapse, the young batter knows her capabilities and expectations from her well and she has another chance to get back to big runs before the ODI leg of the tour starting July 16.
Senior defender and team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana will also be keen to get back on the field after she was dropped on Tuesday after conceding 13 runs off 13 balls.The Indian opener has failed to fire in the series so far and will be keen to capitalize on another opportunity that comes their way on Thursday.
The same can be said for Jemima Rodrigues, who also couldn’t start the game and struggled a lot in the middle, consuming 21 balls for her eight runs.
Two days after her match-winning knock in the match that opened the series, skipper Harmanpreet would not have placed too much importance on her failure on Tuesday and would rather see it as an exception.
Despite the batters having played a game they would like to forget soon, the Indian bowlers will go into the final T20I with morale high.
Defending a 96-run lead, Deepti Sharma, M