The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton is poised to host the second One-Day International (ODI) of the ongoing three-game series between England Women and India Women on Wednesday (June 30).
Team India will be looking for a return to a disappointing show in the series opener. The host completely dominated the match and Mithali Raj and Co. defeated by eight wickets. One of the main reasons behind India’s terrible performance was their slow batting.
India scored 181 dot deliveries under a total of 201 runs, comfortably chasing England to take a 1-0 lead.
On the other hand, the home team wants to win the second game to win the series early.
The surface at Taunton is generally good for batting, but patients also get some help due to the conditions. The last match played at this venue was between Somerset and Hampshire of the ongoing T20 blast 2021, where medium-goers had an impressive outing.
Head to Head record:
Matches Played: 70 | England Women won: 38 | India Women won: 30 | Tied up: 0 | No result: 2
England had a great game in the first one-day international, and it is highly unlikely that the host would change their winning combination.
AFRIKAANS XI: Heather Knight (c), Lauren Winfield Hill, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glenn, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross.
India will be looking at the effect of their interest rate and the strike rates of some senior batsmen. Players also like Harmanpreet Kaur must act to get India’s chance to bounce back in the series.
Meanwhile, senior pacemaker Jhulan Goswami defended the batsmen and gave hints as to the likelihood of changes in play XI. Goswami said players will make a comeback, and it is not fair to write off the visitors on the basis of just one match.
“Well, this is just the first game. The day before yesterday she was [Shafali Varma] debut; you can not expect so much from her. That’s the impact she’s had. They [Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur] need only one good beat among them. Then we will definitely be on a great platform. These things happen in cricket, “ said Goswami as quoted by Cricbuzz.
INDW XI: Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar, Ekta Bisht.