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Can India honour the unshackled Raj?

Australia’s women’s cricketers in England have been paid via short-term deals agreed by CA and the ACA before the World Cup began.India’s record against Australia does not make for easy reading – they have won just eight of the 42 encounters between the two sides. The highest run getter in women’s ODI history, Mithali Raj truly is an ornament and icon to the game of women’s cricket. In a must-win game against New Zealand, Indian eves bounced back to register a massive 186-run win. They were very proactive as a team and they have brought a more proactive approach to their batting in particular.She returned against India to score an unbeaten 88 but was then ruled out of their final pool match against South Africa with Australia already qualified for the semis. “I thought the way Punam Raut batted against us; she timed her innings beautifully”.”It’s become common place now, that most of our girls can play vertical bat shots but also when it’s a low, slow wicket and the spinners aren’t giving you much to get down to, being able to adapt”. Veda Krishnamurthy also scored runs.”Everyone has a different approach as to how they play and I think that’s one of the strengths of the line-up we have”.”But for this Indian team, it is going to be a big game and if we can pull out one win, it will be exceptional by the team”, she said.In the 2009 World Cup, the Indians rattled home favourites Australia twice largely due to attacking shots square of the wicket.Australia scored a comfortable eight-wicket win over India in the group stage, chasing down the target of 227 with almost five overs to spare.Jonassen was expecting an improved showing from Raj’s in-form flyers. Rajeshwari Gayakwad bagged a career-best 5/15 in India’s rout of New Zealand and she now appears an automatic pick for the semifinal against Australia.Mithali will have to concentrate on the leg side as the Aussies have in the last decade and a half purchased her wickets on the off side.”The only change I could potentially see, and this is me thinking left-field a little bit, Rachael Haynes showed that she is capable with the ball, she’s great in the field, (and) Elyse Villani hasn’t necessarily produced the same (output) as her exciting start to the World Cup”, Sthalekar told The Unplayable Podcast.Mansi Joshi did not get any ratings because she played only two matches and bowled just 11 overs (less sample space).