England Women will take on India Women in the 15th match of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Defending champions England, led by Heather Knight, are in dire straits in the ongoing edition of the championship. Having lost all three of their matches, the Brits are on the verge of getting eliminated from the tournament. They lost to South Africa in their previous game on Monday.
After being put in to bat first, England scored 235 on the back of Tammy Beaumont’s 97-ball knock of 62. South Africa tracked down the target with four balls left in their innings. Another loss would officially end England’s chances of qualifying for the next round.
India, led by Mithali Raj, on the other hand, will be brimming with confidence after their thumping 155-run win over Stafanie Taylor’s West Indies. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana scored twin tons and helped the Women in Blue post a mammoth score of 317 on the board.
Thereafter, Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews put on a 100-run stand for the opening wicket. Dottin even went on to score a half-century, but once she got out, the Caribbean innings collapsed. India is currently placed third with an incredible net run rate of 1.333.
ENGLAND WOMEN PREVIEWS
England Women had lost their most recent match against South Africa Women by the margin of three wickets. They lost the toss and were asked to bat first. The performance of their batting order was good. They scored 235 runs in their innings of 50 overs. Beaumont was the highest run-scorer from their side who scored 62 runs on 97 deliveries with the help of six boundaries. A Jones scored 53 runs while Dunkley had 26 runs to her name.
The bowling unit of England also failed to give the best performance in the previous match and leaked the target of 236 runs in 49.2 overs. Anya Shrubsole was the most successful and highest wicket-taker from their side who picked two wickets in her nine overs bowled out against 34 runs. Charlotte Dean, Natalie Sciver, Sophie Ecclestone, and Kate Cross picked one wicket each.
INDIA WOMEN PREVIEWS
India Women had won their most recent match against West Indies Women with a huge margin of 155 runs. The way how their batting order performed in the previous match was just outstanding. They scored 317 runs in their innings of 20 overs. Smriti Mandhana was the most successful and highest run-scorer from their side who scored 123 runs on 119 deliveries with the help of 13 boundaries and two huge sixes.
Harmanpreet Kaur was the other batter from team India who scored a century in the previous match. She scored 109 runs while she faced 107 balls and smashed 10 boundaries and two huge sixes. The bowling unit of India also performed well and destroyed the batting order of the West Indies. Their full team came back to the pavilion in 40.3 overs on a total of 162 runs while chasing the target of 318 runs. Sneh Rana picked three wickets while Meghna Singh could manage to pick two wickets.
ENGLAND WOMEN VS INDIA WOMEN MATCH DETAILS:
Match: England Women vs India Women, Match 15, ICC Women’s World Cup 2022
Date and Time: March 16, 2022, Wednesday, 06:30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
ENGLAND WOMEN VS INDIA WOMEN PITCH REPORT
The venue at Mount Maunganui has produced some closely-fought affairs thus far in the tournament. The pitch has been sporting so far, with batters and bowlers both having equal chances to show their skills. Winning the toss and batting first should be the way forward.
ENGLAND WOMEN VS INDIA WOMEN WEATHER FORECAST
The playing conditions will be pleasant throughout the game. The temperature will be around the 25-degree Celsius mark. There is a four percent chance of rain.
ENGLAND WOMEN VS INDIA WOMEN PROBABLE XIS
Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlotte Dean, Anya Shrubsole
Yastika Bhatia, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER: HARMANPREET KAUR
Harmanpreet Kaur is India’s highest run-getter in this competition. Kaur has so far amassed 185 runs from three matches averaging 61.66 including a half-century and a century each. While she did have an off-day in the tournament opener against Pakistan, the power-hitter unleashed the best in her with a valiant knock of 71 runs off 63 deliveries against the Kiwis before scoring a match-winning 109 against the Windies. The senior batter would yet again be expected to come out all guns blazing against England who is desperately looking for their first win.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER: RAJESHWARI GAYAKWAD
Rajeshwari Gayakwad has been India’s highest wicket-taker so far in this edition of the Women’s World Cup. She has registered seven scalps from three games. Gayakwad picked up four wickets against Pakistan and then went on to take two more in the next fixture against the White Ferns. Even though the left-arm spinner could only manage a solitary scalp in the last game against the Caribbeans, she would be looking forward to bamboozling the English batters in the upcoming contest.
ENGLAND WOMEN VS INDIA WOMEN MATCH PREDICTION
While India has been the dominant side at home, England has had the upper hand against them overseas. In World Cups, England has won seven out of 11 matches.
India hasn’t tracked down a target yet in the tournament and England can put them under pressure. The team batting first should win the game.