Indian team has performed well in the first and third matches against Pakistan and West Indies. New Zealand gave a reality check of what India’s shortcomings were and how the opposition could have an advantage when they attack those areas. England lost two close matches against Australia, Windies and made South Africa fight for the win till the final over. The batting collapse, the absence of consistency among players, the pace battery has not been in its best form yet together all these factors cost the losses in all the fixtures it has played.
The Indian batters initially for the first two matches employed a defensive approach towards batting. Even the runs through running between wickets were not flowing with ease; the boundaries are a bonus back then. The lower order batters like Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana showed the way how to counter-attack and stabilise the innings in the opening match against Pakistan. Post that matches India’s flamboyant middle-order batter Harmapreet Kaur found her form.
She single-handedly took the match towards the final over against the Kiwis, but her effort went in vain because of the defensive approach the batters adopted earlier in the match. India got a brisk start in the third match against the Windies and was a pitching stone to a record partnership of 184 runs between Kaur and Smriti Mandhana. India has a stable spin attack and the area of concern would be the pace department. They have been leaking runs in the power plays. India will heavily bank on Sneh Rana and Pooja’s all-round skills. India has the best catching efficiency of 84.2% among the other teams in the World Cup. India will look to overcome the hunch of the 2017 world cup final loss against England and avoid the history repeating again.
England’s batting inconsistency has led to its downfall. An unsettled opening pair forced England’s middle order to take the initial pressure and roles quickly changed from one to another. This caused a lack of clarity in the batting line-up to adapt to crucial situations. No proper finisher’s role has been assigned to the players despite the fact that Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones, Sophia Dunkley are potential finishers. The pacers have not been in their best form and it became more predictable and batters have been targeting them more than the spinners for scoring runs.
Sophie Eccelstone and Tammy Beaumont are the consistent players in the England camp. Beaumont has been playing an anchor role and is in fine touch to keep the England board ticking and she struck two fifties in the tournament so far. Sophie Eccelstone has been the dominant spin bowler who will be a force to reckon with. She has picked 5 wickets at an economy rate of 4 R.P.O. The fielding is a major area that needs to improve and England has the lowest catching efficiency in this tournament.
India has been a consistent side compared to England in this tournament. England will aim for a comeback and get back to the winning ways. India has been improving from strength to strength with every match and their adaptability to crunch situations will determine tomorrow’s result.
Probable Playing XI:
INDIA: Smriti Mandhana, Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (WK), Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh
ENGLAND: Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (C), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (WK), Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Anya Shrubsole