India women are going through the second best winning streak in women’s cricket winning 16 of their last match. While their counterpart England have not any international game in last six or more months. India would be seeking same rum of luck when they face England for their first match in this world cup campaign. The major contribution towards India’s success in women’s cricket is due to their captain Mithali Raj. She became the third player to captain a side in 100 games and is on the brink to overtake Edwards to become leading run scorer of ODI. Apart from this, Indian team have other batting heroes like Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma and with return of Smriti Mandhana the left handed opener it has been more fortified. The Indian globetrotter Harmanpreet Kaur all round abilities will come up handy in India’s campaign. The real concern for India is their pace bowling department as they have carried only three quicks. India will need some doing when they are up against England for beating them at their home ground. England’s exit from the T20 World Cup last year meant they focused themselves at harder practice and preparation. Heather knight the all-rounder is the new captain of the team who led England in the one day international championship this year. Taylor’s return to the squad have boosted the confidence of England’s team. The opening batsman Laura Winfield is out due to wrist injury is a major blow for England before the tournament. But the home conditions and star players in the squad makes England a competitive Team to beat. India will need much better performance to overcome the home team in their tournament starter.
What: England vs India, Match 2, 24th June 2017, 15:00 IST
Where: County Ground, Derby
What to expect: scattered showers is predicted which can hamper the chances of a full game.
England: Winfield injury will upset the opening combination of England and could make an impact on the kind of opening they get. But Knight and Taylor return is a good news for the team. The duo add experience and depth in the English batting line up.
India: with Mandhana return, India have a sweet headache to choose from plenty batting options. There will be a three way tie between Mandhana, Deepti and Raut for the opening slot and whoever will miss the opening slot will come one order down the batting line up. Mona Meshram is likely to miss to adjust all the three profilic batters. The condition of England suits for an extra pace bowler which means Mansi Joshi could get her dream world cup debut
Match Prediction: India are firm favorite to win this match but they need a blistering performance to overcome England’s virtue.