India skipper Mithali Raj has said that the Indian team will go into the match against West Indies high on confidence following their big win over hosts England in their Women's World Cup tournament opener last Saturday.
India put on 281 against England with the top three of Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Mithali Raj all slamming half-centuries each. It was also the highest score that India have ever put on when batting first and Raj believes that will give her side plenty of confidence for the rest of the tournament.
"We won against the hosts in the World Cup when we have only four or five girls who have played in a World Cup before – for the rest, it was their first World Cup," said India captain Mithali Raj.
"So considering all those factors, it’s great that the team has done well but it’s only the first game.
"We still have six more games in the group stage, so I just hope the girls continue this form. All games are going to be very close and intense. I hope that the team really improves over the coming matches," added Mithali.
India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma and Poonam Yadav
West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman and Felicia Walters.