Amy Jones (England)and Smriti Mandhana (India). ©ICC
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Preview: India vs England – 3rd T20I

Date: 9 March 2019

Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

England has claimed the T20I series win and India has an opportunity to play for their “pride” to prevent a yet again whitewash to the series. England will look to claim the series trying to keep the momentum going against Sri Lanka.

India hasn’t been performing well in the T20I format of the game. Their major drawback being the batting unable to put up enough runs. In New Zealand, India lost the series in a similar fashion exposing over-dependency on Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues who were the only batswomen with 50 plus score.

In the T20I, England has been performing exceedingly well in all departments. With all the batters playing their part, England will look to end the series on a high.

 

Key Players

Bowlers:

Poonam Yadav (India)- Poonam Yadav is ICC Ranking No. 2 T20 bowler. She has 73 wickets in her kitty and two four-wicket hauls. From her debut in 2013, Yadav has been consistent. Although her numbers against England aren’t good, she will look to improve them and cost England a few important wickets in the upcoming T20I. Yadav is the leading wicket-taker for India in the ICC Women’s Championship.

Katherine Brunt (England)- Brunt has 66 wickets in T20I and is the lead bowler in the squad. Her best bowling figures is 3 wickets for 6 runs. She is the leading wicket-taker of the series with 5 wickets to her name. Brunt is also an all-rounder with 302 runs to her kitty. “Katherine’s a huge player for and when she stands up, she always brings the team with her,” said Lauren Winfield.

Batters:

Heather Knight (England)- Knight has a strike rate of 111.48. She also has picked 17 wickets with the best score of 3 wickets for 9 runs. She is also the third highest run-getter for her side in this series. Knight hammered a 40 run cameo off 20 balls in the first T20I.

Mithali Raj (India)- The veteran India batswoman has played 88 T20I scored 2334 runs. She is the most experienced campaigner of the Indian side with the average of 37.04 with the high score of unbeaten 97. Mithali is leading run-getter for her side in this series with 27 runs to her name.

 

Numbers to look out for- India has lost 4 of their last 5 T20I matches played against England. India has lost consecutively 3 matches against England.

 

Who said what

“I think India is a good all-round sideshow where they are finishing in world cups etc always in with the top few teams. I think the surface is slightly easier here saw the ball hold and spin a lot in Mumbai, naturally, find that more challenging also swung a lot more early doors, openers found it more difference. I don’t think it’s a change in format, it’s a change in personnel surfaces were just more different there and we didn’t adapt early enough and weren’t patient enough in the ODIs a switch to T20s is nice, allows you to play with more intent.” – Lauren Winfield

“I think all the bowlers, including Shikha, did well with the spinners. They did a really good job. What was asked from them, they delivered. I think our batters need to step up and give a good total for our bowlers to defend.”– Smriti Mandhana

 

Probable XI

India: Smriti Mandhana (capt), Harleen Deol, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj, Bharti Fulmali, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav

England: Tammy Beaumont, Danni Wyatt, Amy Jones (wk), Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (capt), Amy Jones, Georgia Elwiss, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Laura Marsh

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