An under-fire Indian girls’s staff can be determined to handle vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s extended lean patch because it seeks to cease a marauding England aspect from finishing a 3-0 sweep within the remaining ODI right here on Saturday.
Having misplaced six out of the final seven ODIs, the Mithali Raj-led aspect is discovering it troublesome to stem the rot because it faces the ignominy of one other one-sided sequence defeat after being thrashed by the South African girls on dwelling soil.
Whereas the bowlers did up their recreation within the second ODI with a much-improved efficiency, the batting has left the staff down but once more with skipper Mithali left to do all of the heavy lifting, which can also be affecting her recreation.
One of many main points that has been missed over the previous 4 years has been Harmanpreet’s shoddy efficiency.
Harmanpreet, whose epic 171 in opposition to Australia within the 2017 World Cup, turned a seminal second for the ladies’s recreation within the nation, has since gone off the boil.
In 28 WODI matches (through which she did not get to bat six instances) because the 2017 World Cup remaining in opposition to England, the Indian vice-captain has scored solely two fifties and two scores over 40, which has put the utmost stress on the scoreboard.
With Mithali and the likes of Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma and Taniya Bhatia not being able to play the ability recreation, a number of stress is being constructed on openers Smriti Mandhana and teenage sensation Shafali Verma.
For India, Mithali has scored back-to-back half centuries along with her strike charge within the 60s however she had been left with no selection as in each video games, the Indian batters have splurged on dot balls like millionaires.
Will probably be attention-grabbing to see if coach Ramesh Powar has an answer for Harmanpreet’s lean patch and whether or not he feels that could be submit this sequence, she would want to odor the espresso because the nationwide staff can unwell afford a non-performer for years.
Within the first recreation itself, 181 dots had been consumed in opposition to a bowling assault that has Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Nat Sciver, Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone.
It has been relentless with its tight traces and it was Jhulan Goswami’s cameo that helped India cross 220 in Taunton.
With wicketkeeper Bhatia not being essentially the most dependable batter within the shorter format and Deepti unable to play the massive photographs in the direction of the top, it would once more rely upon Mandhana and Shafali, who gave a half-century plus stand within the Check in addition to the second WODI.
Indrani Roy, an thrilling home expertise, ought to have been tried out as an enforcer however Bhatia’s higher holding expertise has earned her the staff’s vote.
Within the bowling division, each Goswami and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav had been good however the scoreboard stress was all the time on India, who had been at the very least 40 runs brief on a very good batting observe.
With Tammy Beaumont and Sciver in good type, dwelling staff skipper Heather Knight want to add insult to the harm as she is due for an enormous rating in opposition to the Indian assault.
India: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, HarmanpreeKaur (vc), Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Arundhati Reddy, Puja Vastrakar, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Indrani Roy (wk).
England: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Nat Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones (wk), Freya Davis, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Sarah Glenn, Emily Arlott, Tash Farrant.
Match Begins from 3:30 pm.