The first of the three T20I’s between England women and India women will be played on July 9th, Friday. England will hold the upper hand coming into the series after winning the ODI match-up between the two, 2-1.
After a near flawless performance in the first two ODI’s, the England women were tested in the third. They succumbed to the pressure and India managed to register their first win on the tour. Going into the T20I’s, England are unlikely to make many changes. They have a strong all-round settled team, and will look to regain lost momentum in the first T20I.
They’ve brought back Danni Wyatt for the shortest format. Notably Kate Cross, who took a five-wicket haul in the second ODI, will not be part of the squad.
India on the other hand will be high on confidence after winning the last ODI. They go in with regular explosive openers, Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana. The former had an impressive debut in the Tests, but failed to impress in the ODI’s. She’ll be looking to ace her strongest format. Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami will be missing from the squad, with Harmanpreet Kaur set to take up the captaincy role. Richa Ghosh and Simran Bahadur have been added to the squad. 17-year-old Richa might get an opportunity following her decent outing against South Africa recently.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 8, 2021
Match: England Women vs India Women, 1st T20I
Date and Time: 9th July, 2021, at 11:00 PM IST
Venue: County Ground, Northampton
The track may not have the typical English feel to it but the conditions should provide assistance to the bowlers. Its expected to be on the slower side. This might bring the spinners into play right from the get-go. Anything above 140 will keep the contest close.
Predicted Playing XI
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Richa Ghosh (wk), Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Sneh Rana, Ekta Bisht
England Women: Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Sarah Glenn, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole, Freya Davies
England Women vs India Women First T20I Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion 1: Shafali Verma, Tammy Beaumont, Smriti Mandhana, Natalie Sciver, Deepti Sharma, Heather Knight, Katherine Brunt, Poonam Yadav, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole, Poonam Yadav.
Captain: Natalie Sciver | Vice-captain: Smriti Mandhana
Fantasy Suggestion 2: Shafali Verma, Danielle Wyatt, Smriti Mandhana, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana, Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht
Captain: Shafali Verma | Vice-captain: Heather Knight