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After a mediocre series against New Zealand, Indian women are set to host England in a tour spanning across three ODIs and three T20Is. The series will begin with the ODI leg first of which will be played on 22nd February at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. While Indian women were terrific against New Zealand women in the ODI leg, they failed miserably in the shortest format. With form not on their side, Indians will have an uphill battle to climb when they face the world champions. However, Indians playing in familiar conditions just balances the things a little and with Wankhede known to be an excellent surface to bat on, we expect the series to begin with a lot of runs for the batsmen and a lot for entertainment for the fans.
Indian women looked an altogether different side in the ODIs as compared to the T20s primarily because of two reasons. One, the presence of Mithali Raj imparted experience and stability to the middle order which glued the together the batting lineup. Second, the spinners had plenty to overs to weave and web around Kiwi batsmen who aren't really known to play spin well.
Indian women will once again rely heavily on their spinners in a bid to stop fearsome English batting lineup from running away with the game. With Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, and Jemimah Rodriques in superb form, Indian top-order looks well-settled. However, vice-captain Harmanpreet is set to miss out due to ankle injury leaving Indian middle-order in a state of concern.
All in all, with a fragile middle-order, the top-order and the spinners will have to do the bulk of the damage for Indians to have a say against strong English lineup. They have a solid team on paper and with the home advantage, they certainly are not to be taken lightly.
Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Mona Meshram, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav.
While most women team across the globe are applying permutations and combinations to get their combination right for the ICC Women's World Cup, England are likely to field their first XI in the opening match of the series.
England have a powerful batting lineup which is experienced in playing at almost all conditions and have plenty of runs behind them. With Sarah Taylor back in the squad and Heather Knight & Tammy Beaumont in superb form, this English lineup is nothing short of formidable.
Spin duties will be shouldered by Sophie Eccelstone, Heather Knight, and Alex Hartley who all have done reasonably well of late. Anya Shrubsole will be hoping to put yet another brilliant performance as she did against the same opponents in the World Cup final. Overall, England have a superb team, but adapting to conditions could be a challenge and if they can do that, they'll be a tough side to contend with.
Tammy Beaumont, Amy Ellen Jones, Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Danielle Wyatt, Georgia Elwiss, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Alex Hartley.
Although England are clearly the better of the two sides, on paper, there are a variety of other factors that usually end up having an impact on the final result. Indians have a strong top-order, but a fragile middle-order which has so often put them in a spot of bother. England, on the other hand, might have a tough time in dealing with Indian spinners on the surface which is known to assist spinners. Considering all the aforementioned factors and the recent form of both the sides, English Women are more likely to emerge on top in the first match of the series.