India meets England in the second ODI in Canterbury on Wednesday. Harmanpreet Kaur’s team leads the series 1-0.
England XI: Tammy Beaumont, Emma Lamb, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Danni Wyatt, Amy Jones (Capt & Wk), Freya Kemp, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean, Kate Cross, 1Lauren Bell.
India XI: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur (Capt), Harleen Deol, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemalatha, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh Thakur.
A confident Indian team will look to seal their first consecutive win in England since 1999 with another win over the hosts in Wednesday’s second women’s ODI.
After a sad 2-1 defeat in the T20I series, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian side raised their standards in all departments of the game to strike back in three days and defeat England by seven wickets in the series opener at Hove on Sunday.
England are missing some of their top-flight players but India looked like a much better side in game one and would look to capitalize on the momentum.
In 1999, the Indian team had won the ODI series 2-1 against Anjum Chopra, who beat a century and a half.
It is also a farewell series for the great Jhulan Goswami as India has no order over 50 until June 2023.
Playing her first game since March, the 39-year-old world record holder for most wickets showed little sign of rust and was the most frugal of the games, returning with figures of 10-2-20-1.
Indian vice-captain Smriti Mandhana led the batting show with a superb 99-ball 91 while wicketkeeper batter Yastika Bhatia also batted a fifty before skipper Harmanpreet ended the clinical chase with a 74 unbeaten.
The captain expects the middle class to rise and hopes opener Shafali Verma does well as she hasn’t scored in more than 10 innings in half a century.
England on the other hand will be hoping for a great overall performance from their batsmen as they will rely heavily on the in-form Sophia Dunkley who has had a successful T20I streak.
Dunkley and Alice Capsey again looked dangerous in the middle before a one-handed catch from Harmanpreet shattered the partnership and sparked a meltdown.
If India manage to win the second game it will be a massive confidence boost for a team trying to gain a foothold in 50-over cricket.
India women Squad: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia(w), Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Meghna Singh, Sabbhineni Meghana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia, Dayalan Hemalatha, Renuka Singh, Simran Bahadur
UK women Squad: Emma Lamb, Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Danielle Wyatt, Amy Jones (w/c), Alice Davidson Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlotte Dean, Kate Cross, Issy Wong, Freya Davies, Maia Bouchier, Lauren Bell, Freya Kemp
Where to watch IND-W vs ENG-W 2nd ODI?
The second WODI between India and England will be broadcast on Sony Network and streamed online on the SonyLiv app from 5:30pm IST.