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Just before the first ODI, Heather Knight had talked about the depth and strength of English lineup, but it miraculously faltered to hand India a 66-run win in the first match of the series. The two teams will are now set to meet again at the same venue on 25th February. With a 1-0 lead in the series, Indian women will be looking to seal the series then and there whereas the English side will be looking to take the matters into the third ODI by posting a victory in the match. Considering the way the first ODI panned out, a hard-fought battle is certainly on the cards yet again at Mumbai.
India bounced back to the winning ways after a disappointing second half in the New Zealand tour. However, the problems which were highlighted in that T20I series against New Zealand were once again apparent, not to the same extent though.
Being put in to bat first after losing the toss, Indian women got off to a rather sedate start, but the 69-run opening start between Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodriques laid a perfect platform for their middle-order to capitalize. However, barring Mithali Raj, who scored 44 runs off 74 deliveries, none of their middle-order batsmen, was able to turn the tide. Indian women slipped to 95 for 5 before Jhulan Goswami with a quick-fire propelled India to 202.
202 was not an imposing total but was certainly something to bowl at. Indian bowlers did extremely well to stifle England throughout the innings. The knockout punch came from Ekta Bisht who drowned England with four quick wickets for just 25 runs. In reply to India's total, England could score only 136.
Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Mona Meshram, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav.
The World champions, England, where clear favorites before heading into the game, but the lack of experience of playing at Indian surface couple with a bit of ill-luck pushed them behind India in the first encounter of the series.
While England did extremely well with the ball, their batsmen failed to apply themselves as England remarkably lost by a considerable margin. The tourists never really looked in control with the bat as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. English skipper Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver did stitch a useful 73-run partnership for the fourth wicket, but once the partnership was broken, the flood gates were left open as England collapsed from 113 fro 3 to 136 all-out.
With the ball, Ecclestone was the pick of their bowlers and returned with the impressive figures of 27 for 2 in her 10 overs. Almost all their bowlers contributed well with the ball, either by picking up wickets or by keeping things tight. Restricting India to just 202 on a decent batting surface was a huge effort in itself and their bowlers will be looking to continue to build on it in the second ODI.
Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Lauren Winfield, Georgia Elwiss, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Alex Hartley.
Adapting to conditions was clearly a concern for English women heading into the first ODI and it will be no different in the second match as well. England women have a batting lineup that bats deep, but lack of experience in playing spin would be another concern they'd need to address. Indians, too, have a huge issue to address - that is their middle-order which has been faltering consistently in the last couple of years. Although English women failed against Indian spinners, we think that they'll put up a better performance and bounce back into the series with a much-needed win in the second match.
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