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Women's World Cup: India elect to bat first

IANS logoIANS 20-07-2017

The start of the match was delayed by almost three hours hours due to heavy rain and it has been reduced to a 42-overs-a-side contest.

Under the new stipulations, two bowlers can bowl nine overs, and three bowlers can bowl a maximum of eight overs. The first Powerplay will be of nine overs while the second will be four overs.

India have decided to field an unchanged line-up while experienced batter Meg Lanning returned to the playing XI for Australia.

India: Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav.

Australia: Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton, Meg Lanning (captain), Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani, Alex Blackwell, Alyssa Healy (wicket-keeper), Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Kristen Beams.

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