India may need to take a more enterprising approach to bat in the second one-dayer on Wednesday in Taunton to level the three-match series against formidable hosts England.
India consumed 181 dots en route to a sub-par 201 which chased England down quite comfortably takes a 1-0 lead in the series on Sunday. Ahead of the World Cup in New Zealand early next year, India had work to do in all departments, as skipper Mithali Raj himself noted.
The match could result in India making multiple changes in the play-offs, as the inability of the batsmen to turn the strike around harms the team. According to former Indian captain Diana Edulji, the middle order has too many “anchors”, and therefore Punam Raut could make way for Jemimah Rodrigues at number 3.
“You can not afford to play 180 dots in contemporary cricket,” said Edulji PTI. “It needs to change. The seniors have to act and if they can’t, young people have to get the opportunities before the World Cup, ‘she said., referring to the trio Mithali, Punam and Harmanpreet Kaur.
‘If you keep losing with the seniors, you need the younger players who try shown in the one-time test to which they are capable. ”
India have crossed 250 times only three times since the 2017 World Cup. The team must consistently achieve high scores to challenge the heavyweights England and Australia.
Harmanpreet Kaur is caught out during the first ODI. – GETTY IMAGES
Mithali scored 72 in the first one-day match, but consumed 108 deliveries in her innings; Harmanpreet, the T20 captain, on the other hand, climbed for 1 to continue with the low score in the tour. Edulji says Harmanpreet needs to get back to form quickly. “Harman is not due to a big score, she’s in arrears,” Edulji said.
India entered with only one specialist spinner in Ekta Bisht in Bristol. Pacer Shikha Pandey, who returned with the British tour, apparently did not struggle enough with the English batsmen and could be dropped for the second ODI. Mithali could bring in Arundhati Reddy in her place or get another specialist spinner.
Sneh Rana, who excelled with both the bat and ball on her Test debut, could be the second turn alongside Deepti Sharma. “I want the team to stick to its strength, which is spin bowling. Two spinners have to play, ”Edulji added.
India just need to look to its opponent for inspiration. England played an almost perfect match of ODI cricket to surpass a team that was not so good.
- In the: Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Harmanpree Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Arundhati Reddy, Puja Vastrakar, Ekoonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Indrani Roy (wk).
- England: Heather Knight (c), 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.