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India opens campaign against Pakistan in 2023 T20 Women’s World Cup | Cricket News

DUBAI: India will open their campaign in the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup against arch-rivals Pakistan on Feb. 12 in Cape Town, according to the match announced by the ICC on Monday.
India has been placed in Group 2 along with England, the West Indies, Pakistan and Ireland qualifiers in the tournament to be held in South Africa from February 10 to 26.
India’s second match will also be played in Cape Town against the West Indies on February 15, before taking on England and Ireland in Gqeberha on February 18 and 20.
Host nation South Africa will face Sri Lanka in the inaugural match in Cape Town. The final will be held on February 26, also in Cape Town, with a reserve day on the following day in case of major interruptions to the game on the date indicated.

Cape Town, Paarl and Gqeberha will host the matches of the tournament, with the knockout matches being played in Cape Town. Twenty-three matches will be played in the 10-team tournament.
Bangladesh and Ireland complete the list of participating teams, joining Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies in the eighth edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup.
Five-time title winners and defending champions Australia are grouped alongside their Trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand, host South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Group 1.
Bangladesh recently won the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier by beating Ireland, the other qualified team placed in Group 2.
In the group stage, which runs until February 21, each team will face the other four teams in their group once. The top two teams in each group at the end of the group stage play the semi-finals.

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