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With two matches gone and no success to their name yet, England women certainly having a hard time facing Indian women at Mumbai. To add to the woes of the already struggling English side, Sophie Ecclestone has been ruled out of the third and final ODI of the series which will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 28th February. India, on the other hand, are going strong in the series and have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Even though the third ODI will be a dead-rubber in context of the series, both the teams will be looking to win the match and take the momentum into the succeeding T20I series between the two sides.
After a terrible show in the shortest version of the game in New Zealand, Indian women had plenty of issues to resolve. Even though a few of those issues have still been apparent in the foregone two matches, they have done enough to comprehensively demolish the strong English lineup twice in two matches.
Their win in the second ODI was a lot similar to the one in the first match with bowlers doing the most of the damage on both occasions. The Indian win was set up primarily by the bowling duo of Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey, who both dismissed four batsmen each and completely derailed the English innings. Apart from Goswami and Pandey, Poonam Yadav contributed with a couple of wickets to her name. Pandey and Goswami returned with the impressive figures of 18 for 4 and 30 for respectively.
Seldom does chasing such a low total presents problems to an experienced batting lineup and it didn't prove to be any different in spite of a poor start by India. Jemimah Rodriques, who had plenty of runs behind her prior to the previous game, was dismissed for a duck. However, the 73-run second wicket partnership between Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut brought back into the business before Mandhana put on 66 runs with Mithali Raj before getting dismissed. India eventually sealed the deal without any fuss with seven wickets in hand and more than eight overs to spare.
India's problems with their out of form middle-order were clearly visible in the first ODI, but the management and the fans would certainly have enjoyed an assuring performance from them in the second ODI which is something they'll be looking to continue with not only in the next game but also in the remainder of the tour.
Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Mona Meshram, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav.
The tour turned bad to worse for the tourists with a convincing loss in the second ODI coupled with the injury to Sophie Ecclestone who played a vital role in dismissing India in the first match. They haven't yet announced a replacement for her.
Her absence certainly leaves the English bowling attack thinner on paper with no experienced front-line spinner which will be a cause of concern especially on the surface which is known to be conducive to slower bowling.
English bowling did alright in the first ODI, but with a low total to defend in the second, there wasn't much there bowlers could have done. Barring Natalie Sciver, who smashed 85 runs and played an instrumental role in taking England to 161, none of their batsmen looked at ease. Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont tried hard but perished after getting off to starts.
Their bowlers toiled hard in the second innings and got them off to a start they were looking for, 161-run total just wasn't enough to defend. Anya Shrubsole was the pick of their bowlers and arguably the only one who appeared to be troubling Indians. She finished with the figures of 2 for 23 before India killed the chase in the 42nd over.
Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Lauren Winfield, Georgia Elwiss, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Alex Hartley.
Things clearly haven't gone the way the tourists would have expected them to go. Their batsmen failed to chase down a mediocre total in the first match which was followed by an ordinary performance in the second. India, on the other hand, have done tremendously well despite a struggling middle order. With nothing going for them and Ecclestone out of the side, it isn't going to be easy in the final ODI. Although Indians have exhibited a few vulnerabilities, they surely have been a better team in the series so far and are firm favorites to win the upcoming contest and complete the whitewash.