An undercover Indian women’s team would be desperate to turn to the deputy captain Harmanpreet Kaurhas lengthened a lean spot as it seeks to stop England’s marauding side from completing a 3-0 swing in the last ODI here on Saturday.
After losing six of the last seven ODIs, Mitali Rajthe young country finds it difficult to stop the decay as it faces the disgrace of another unilateral defeat in the series after being beaten by South African women in their homeland.
While the bowlers made their game in the second ODI with a much improved performance, Vata again left the team down, and the skipper Mitali was left to make all the heavy lifts, which also affects her game.
One of the main problems that has been overlooked over the last four years has been the crappy performance of Harmanpreet.
Harmanpreet, whose epic 171 against Australia at the 2017 World Cup has become a highlight of the country’s women’s game, has since disappeared.
In 28 WODI matches (in which she failed to fight six times) after the 2017 World Cup final against England, the Indian vice-president scored just two fifty-two points over 40, which put maximum pressure on the scoreboard.
With Mitali and the like Jemima Rodriguez, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma and Tania Bhatia not having the ability to play the power game, a lot of pressure is put on the opening devices Die Mandhana and teen sensation Shafali Verma.
For India, Mitali scored half a century ago with a bet in the 60s, but she had no choice, as in both games the Indian fighters were scattered on the balls like millionaires.
It will be interesting to see if coach Ramesh Povar has a solution for Harmanpreet’s lean patch and if he thinks it can be published in this series, it will have to smell the coffee as the national team can afford not to perform for years.
In the very first game, 181 points were spent against a bowling attack involving Catherine Brant, Anya Schrbsol, Nat Skiver, Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone. He is ruthless with his tight lines, and it was Julan Goswami’s cameo that helped India cross 220 to Taunton.
Since the goalkeeper of the door Bhatia is not the most reliable bully in the shorter format and Deepti can not play the big shots towards the end, it may again depend on Mandhana and Shafali, who gave half a century plus in the test, as well as the second WODI .
Indrani Roy, an exciting home talent, had to be tested as a performer, but Bhatia’s better support skills won her the team’s vote.
In the bowling department, both Goswami and the spinner Poonam Yadav they were brilliant, but the pressure on the dashboard was always on India, which lacked at least 40 tracks on a good track.
With Tammy Beaumont and Skiver in good shape, home team captain Heather Knight would like to add insult to the injury, as it must receive a great result against the Indian attack.
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, Arundati Reddy, Puja Vastrakar, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punya, Indrani Roy (week).
England: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Nat Skiver, Sofia Dunkley, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Anya Schrebsall, Catherine Brant, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones (week), Freya Davis, Tash Farant, Sarah Gray Williers, Fran Wilson, Sarah Glenn, Emily Arlot, Tash Farant.
The match starts at 15:30.