England Women vs India Women 3rd ODI: Harmanpreet Kaur, the vice-captain of the Indian women’s one-day cricket team, which has been battling for long runs, will be desperate to find momentum soon as they face the team in the third and final ODI of the series against England on Saturday. There will be a challenge to avoid a crushing defeat of -0.
The third ODI between India and England will start tomorrow i.e. on July 3 at 3.30 pm Indian time. After winning the first two ODIs, the England team is leading the series 2-0.
The Mithali Raj-led side is finding it difficult to regain momentum after losing six out of the last seven ODIs. She had lost to the South African women’s team on home soil and is now in danger of being wiped out in the ODI series against England.
In the second ODI of the series, where the bowlers performed better, raising the level of their game, the team again faced defeat due to poor batting. Due to the fall of wickets at frequent intervals, the burden is increasing on the captain Mithali, due to which her game is also being affected.
The biggest concern for the team is the sluggish batting of vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur, whose performance has not been consistent for the last four years. After a brilliant innings of 171 runs in the 2017 World Cup against Australia, she has been able to score half-centuries in only two matches. During this, he got the opportunity to bat 22 times in 28 matches.
Apart from Mithali and Jemima Rodrigues, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma and Tania Bhatia are under a lot of pressure on openers Smriti Mandhana and 17-year-old Shefali Verma due to lack of ability to play big shots.
Mithali scored half-centuries in both the matches for India, but during this her strike rate was around 60. Empty balls have also been a big problem for Indian batsmen. In the first match, the team could not score a single run in 181 balls in 50 overs against Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Nate Sciver, Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone.
The same was the case in the second ODI as well. After Shefali’s 55-ball 44 in the initial overs, the team managed to cross the 220-run mark due to some big shots from Jhulan Goswami’s bat in the last overs.
It will be interesting to see if coach Ramesh Powar has a solution to Harmanpreet’s poor rhythm and whether he feels the vice-captain needs to be dropped or rested after this series. The national team cannot retain a player who has performed poorly for years.
In the bowling department, both Jhulan and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav did well in the second ODI, leaving behind the disappointment of the first match. However, Indian bowlers were always under pressure due to small scores.
The teams are as follows-
India: Mithali Raj (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Poonam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur (Vice Captain), Deepti Sharma, Tania Bhatia (WK), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Jemima Rodrigues, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar , Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Priya Poonia, Indrani Roy (wk).
England: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Nate Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones (wk), Freya Davies, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Maddy Villiers, Fran Wilson, Sarah Glenn, Emily Arlott.