The first semi-final of the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG) will see India Women lock horns with England Women on Saturday (August 6) at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The hosts have been ruthless in the group stages, winning all three matches. India, on the other hand, suffered a defeat in the first game against Australia, but bounced back in the remaining two games to reach the semi-finals.
Despite the absence of regular captain Heather Knight, England have performed excceedingly well. Their bowlers have been impressive under pressure, with Sophie Ecclestone and Katherine Brunt leading from the front. However, they face an upbeat Indian side that have been equally impressive in this tournament.
While Renuka Singh has stepped up with the ball, the duo of Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues have done well too with the bat. With a place in the final on offer, a cracking game beckons in Birmingham.
1st semi-final – India Women vs England Women
Date and Time: August 06, 2022, 3:30 PM IST and 11:00AM local
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
The pitch at Edgbaston has slowed down in recent matches, allowing the bowlers to have a major say in the outcome of the game. The batters will look to go hard in the powerplay phase, with run scoring being relatively easy against the new ball.
Predicted Playing XI
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Taniya Bhatia/Yastika Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh and Renuka Singh.
England Women: Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Natalie Sciver (c), Alice Capsey, Maia Bouchier, Amy Jones (wk), Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glenn, Freya Kemp and Issy Wong.
India vs England – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Amy Jones, Sophia Dunkley (vc), Jemimah Rodrigues, Maia Bouchier, Smriti Mandhana, Pooja Vastrakar, Natalie Sciver, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Sophie Ecclestone, Issy Wong and Renuka Singh Thakur.
Fantasy Team 2: Amy Jones, Sophia Dunkley (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Maia Bouchier, Shafali Verma (vc), Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sophie Ecclestone, Radha Yadav and Renuka Singh Thakur.
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