Cricket match date: 04th March 2019
Cricket match time: 10:00 am IST
Cricket match location: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: England women’s tour of India 2018/19
Team A: India women
Team B: England Women
Team A Captain: Smriti Mandhana
Team B Captain: Heather Knight
Cricket Match Preview:
After winning the ODI cricket series against England by the margin of 2-1, India women will now be taking them on in a 3-match T20 cricket series. India finished the series at number 2 on the ICC Women’s Championship points table. England, meanwhile, had a disappointing cricket series and would be looking to do much better in the upcoming T20 series.
England women were the finalists of the recently concluded T20 World Cup. They were defeated by Australia women in the final, but they reached the final by defeating India women in the semifinal. In fact, in the last 5 T20 cricket games between these two sides, they have defeated India women in 4 of those cricket games.
India women, on the other hand, will be without their regular skipper and hard-hitting batter Harmanpreet Kaur. In her absence, Smriti Mandhana will be leading the side and would be looking to win the cricket series for India women against a strong opponent. In the ODI series, India women struggled with their middle order collapses. Despite the presence of Mithali Raj, the middle order repeatedly failed to build on the good start provided by Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues.
England women have more firepower in their batting lineup and that provides them with a distinct advantage in a cricket format known for hard-hitting batters. India women seem to be more dependent than ever on Smriti Mandhana to not just provide them with a good start but also to help them reach a huge total that can be competitive on slow and low surfaces of Guwahati.
For India women, a few of the players will be making a comeback into their T20 squad. The likes of Veda Krishnamurthy, who is known for her big hits, will be one of those players making a comeback. For England, there will also be some changes as we will see Sarah Taylor, their wicketkeeper, go back and Alex Jones donning the wicketkeeping gloves.
This cricket series will not be part of ICC Women’s championship but it will still be an important cricket series considering the 2020 Wt20 World Cup. It promises to be an exciting cricket series, one that will enable us to see some of the wonderful skillsets of these players.
Cricket Match Information:
India women will take on England women now in the T20 cricket series. It will be a 3-match T20 cricket series. India’s record against England has not been great and they would be looking to improve that in the upcoming cricket series.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India women will be led by Smriti Mandhana in this cricket series. There are likely to be some changes to their playing eleven as new players enter the T20 squad. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Veda Krishnamurthy in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of India Women’s playing XI:
- Mithali Raj
- Smriti Mandhana
- JL Rodrigues
- H Deol
- Veda Krishnamurthy
- DB Sharma
- T Bhatia
- S Pandey
- RP Yadav
- E Bisht
- Poonam Yadav
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
England women will be led by Heather Knight in this cricket series. Despite the loss in their previous ODI cricket series, our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in the last cricket game except for Sarah Taylor.
Here is our prediction of England Women’s playing XI:
- AE Jones
- TT Beaumont
- KL Cross
- Heather Knight
- NR Sciver
- DN Wyatt
- KH Brunt
- A Shrubsole
- GA Elwiss
- A Hartley
- S Ecclestone
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Smriti Mandhana has been in great form in the last few months. She is critical for India’s success in this cricket series as well as for the future. Our prediction is of a big score from her in the next cricket game.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international T20 cricket game played here was between India and Australia. Our prediction is of a score of around 140 runs by the team batting first. Conditions are expected to be dry.
England women will begin the cricket game as favourites. They have a superior record over India in this cricket format. Hence, despite India women being the host nation, our prediction is of England’s victory in this cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Smriti Mandhana (IND) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Katherine Brunt (ENG) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Heather Knight (ENG)
India women – 1.71
England women – 1.90
*odds may change anytime