India Vs England women First ODI Preview:
- India and England’s women play the first ODI on 22nd February, Friday at 9:00 am
- The two sides will contest a 3 match ODI series with all the matches being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
- The series is part of the ICC Women Series which will determine the automatic qualifiers for the world cup
- Harmanpreet has been ruled out of the series due to an injury. She will be replaced by Harleen who came in to bat at number 4 against England in the warm-up match
India will begin its three-match ODI series frontier against England on Friday, February 22 at the Wankhede Stadium with the two sides set to clash against each other in the series opener. A part of the ICC Women’s Series which will be a determiner for direct qualification to the 2021 world cup, the series plays a pivotal part in each side’s fortunes with India finding itself rising all the way to third place after a clinical series win against New Zealand recently.
With the Wankhede Stadium traditionally known to be a wondrous batting pitch, one where batters can open their arms freely and amass a bagful of runs, India will badly miss the services of their vice-captain Harmanpreet after she was yesterday ruled out of the entire series due to an injury she sustained in her foot upon returning from New Zealand. Despite the best efforts of the medical team, the batswoman has failed to recuperate in time and sees Harleen, who played for India in the sole warm-up match against England on February 4 as a number 4, as Harmanpreet’s replacement.
For India, the onus will once again lie on their top order to amass the runs on a high scoring, sluggish, dry and flat pitch with Mandhana, who has been in riveting touch, having won the woman of the series award in New Zealand. She is one of the main players for the side yet again.
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While the top order has been steady for the country in recent time, all eyes will be on a middle order that has far from been consistent. Down from number 3, the batters have lacked confidence, failing to stitch together any meaningful partnerships, leaving the brute of the work to be done by the top order. Come the England series, India knows that this is an area they’ll need to address immediately and ensure that the foundation provided by the openings batswomen is built on to guide the side to a massive total.
On the bowling front, India will rely heavily on their spinners yet again who have for so long now taken centre stage and been the mainstays of the Indian side. On pitches conducive to spin, where the ball will drift in the air and turn, the spinners will yet again have to be the mainstays of the Indian bowling unit and cause a skirmish in England’s batting ranks.
Meanwhile, the English side themselves are coming on the back of a series triumph against the White Ferns as well with a strong batting line-up at their unit, easily possible of becoming a menacing problem for India. In Jones, Sciver and Taylor, the visitors have a strong top order and India will be wary of them going onto play big innings.
Ecclestone, Marsh and Elwiss were their leading wicket-takers in the 2-1 series win against New Zealand with six, five and four wickets respectively and are a unit that can easily incur a downfall on any given track in the world. With India’s middle-order weak and shaky, they’ll have identified game plans on how to dwindle India’s efforts of getting off to a solid start.
The match will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Hindi/HD at 9:00 am.
India Vs England women First ODI Preview
Expected Playing XI India
Mithali Raj (C), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (W), Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi and Punam Raut.
Expected Playing XI India
Heather Knight (C), Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (W), Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh and Amy Jones
India (ODIs v England):
Mithali Raj (Captain), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicketkeeper), Ravi Kalpana (wicketkeeper), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut.
England (ODIs v India):
Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Alex Hartley, Amy Ellen Jones, Heather Knight (Captain), Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper), Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt
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