ODI series win on India’s sights

After a nail-biting win, the Indian women face England in the second match of the three-match series on Monday.

India clinched a one-wicket win over England on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the series.   -  Vivek Bendre (File Photo)

Three days after opening the series with a nail-biting win, Mithali Raj’s India will be hoping to seal the three-match series by overcoming England in the second One-Day International at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium at Jamtha.

India underwent an intense training session on Saturday in extreme heat, after the one-wicket victory on Friday. Therefore, it wasn’t surprising that the team preferred to rest on Sunday. While the Indian women took it easy, the England contingent rode to Jamtha for a prolonged net session.

With Monday's affair having turned into a must-win game for the visitor, it will be interesting to see if England risks Heather Knight for the crucial game. The captain for the tour has been sidelined for more than a week owing to a hamstring strain she suffered during the tri-series in Mumbai. Knight's absence resulted in Anya Shrubsole marking her 50th ODI appearance by leading England in the 50-over format for the very first time.

However, the World Cup star appeared to crumble under the additional burden as her penultimate over, which started with a no-ball, proved to be too costly for England on Friday. The seasoned campaigner will be hoping to set the record straight with a spirited performance.

Meanwhile, despite the tinge of green on the pitch, spinners will continue to be the key for both the sides. The opening game saw spin dominate all through the match and the scenario is unlikely to be any different come Monday. England will have to devise a way to deal with India's tweakers, especially leg-spinner Poonam Yadav whose flight deceived the top-order in the series-opener.

TV broadcast likely

Meanwhile, the fans may be able to watch the match on Star Sports platforms after the first ODI was restricted only to the BCCI website. A BCCI spokesperson confirmed that “Monday's match will be televised.”

However, even on the eve of the first ODI, the BCCI and the broadcaster were confident about the telecast but it was blacked out a couple of hours before the start.

Teams (from)
  • INDIA: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Dayalan Hemalatha, Veda Krishnamurthy, Devika Vaidya, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Sushma Verma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
  • ENGLAND: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Natasha Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Ellen Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt.