Australia the team to beat at Women's World Cup

The Indian Men's International Cricket team had a special message for the Women's International Cricket Team ahead of the latter's campaign in ICC Women's World Cup 2017.

The World Cup kicked off with New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka game in England on Saturday while England and India occupied another stadium at the same time with the hosts clinching the victory.

The 2017 ICC Women's World Cup held in England and Whales will have eight teams up against each other.

Lanning, the only player to have hit 10 centuries in women's ODIs, said that external pressure on Australia was nothing as compared to that generated by her squad as they look to follow up their success in India four years ago.

India piled up an imposing 281 for three in their 50 overs thanks to fifties from Smriti Mandhana (90) and Punam Raut (86), who put on 144 for the first wicket, as well as 71 from skipper Mithali Raj. "The support we have had from the tournament, I think it's going to be the most visible and supported Women's World Cup we've had".

ICC Head of Media Rights, Broadcast and Digital Aarti Dabas said: "We believe women's cricket offers the sport its biggest growth opportunity and this edition of the ICC Women's World Cup will be a turning point in the women's game".

Sarfraz Ahmed's team sprung a surprise earlier this month by beating India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval, winning the title despite being the lowest ranked qualifier.

"Our first target will be to reach the semi-finals, but for that you need to be able to play good cricket throughout the tournament and have good momentum", she said.

"Then we watched the whole second innings and the bowling performance; it's wonderful to see the men doing so well". They are very skilful and risky in tournaments like these.

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