[UK], July 5 (ANI): India will aim for their fourth consecutive win and take one step towards a semifinal berth when they take on Sri Lanka in their group stage match of the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup at the at the County Ground here on Wednesday.
Mithali Raj and Co would be brimming with confidence after registering a hat trick win over England, West Indies and Pakistan.
Batting has been India's strength, with Smriti Mandhana the fourth highest scorer in the tournament with 198 runs in three outings, followed by Poonam Raut and skipper Raj at the eighth and ninth spots respectively.
The Indian bowling has been exceptional with Ekta Bisht and 19-year-old Deepti Sharma, at number one and two respectively with six wickets each.
The Indian eves would certainly start as overwhelming favourites against Sri Lanka, who have looked below-par in the tournament so far with three defeats from as many matches.
India and Australia both have six points but having better run rate from three games, the Indian women are at the top of the table.
India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma and Poonam.
Sri Lanka: Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chamari Athapaththu, Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Harshitha Madhavi, Dilani Manodara, Hasini Perera, Chamari Polgampala, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakodi and Sripali Weerakkody.(ANI)