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ENG vs IND: Team India Look To Wrap Up The Series Against England

ENG vs IND: India will start as the favourite when they take on England in the second ODI at Canterbury on September 21. India had produced an all-round display to first restrict England to 227/7 before chasing down the target with more than five overs and 7 wickets to spare in the first ODI. With two matches to go before veteran Jhulan Goswami calls time on her career, India would look to wrap up the series at Canterbury itself to give her older teammate a memorable farewell. If England wins and levels the series at Canterbury, the third match at Lord’s will become a virtual final.

India needs to be wary of complacency

In the T20Is series, India paid the price of lowering their guards as they were completely outplayed in the decider by England after levelling the series. India should avoid making the same mistake, and must go all out against England in the second ODI to bag the series and thus, making the third match just of academic interest.

India would also be extra motivated to win the series in the second ODI at Canterbury to give their beloved veteran bowler Jhulan a memorable farewell. The medium-pacer will hang up her boots post this series. Jhulan too had a good outing in the first ODI where she took 1/20 in 10 overs, with 2 maidens. Jhulan would look to repeat her last act to sign off with a high.

But England would definitely come hard at India in the second ODI. Hence, India must stick to the basics and keep complacency at bay. Another good news is that captain Harmanpreet is back among the runs after a minor slump. It will give the whole team a lot of confidence to see their captain leading from the front.

Players to watch out for

Smriti Mandhana is making a habit of leading the chase in the shortest format. She looks at ease in English conditions, playing copybook shots such as cover drive, flicks, and pulls to perfection. Mandhana’s 91 in the first ODI had class written all over, and she was brilliant in her choice of shot selection. She would be the key for India in the second ODI, along with captain Kaur.

England should not read too much into the loss

England would not do much scrutiny of the loss in the first ODI as conditions were against them in both innings. The pitch was slow and the ball kept low when they were asked to bat first. And when they bowled, it was the perfect batting conditions that India made the most out of it. Hence, they would not read too much into the loss and pass it off as just another bad day at work.

There were few positives for England from the loss in the first ODI. Danni Wyatt played a brilliant knock of 43 off 50 balls in tough batting conditions, while Alice Davidson-Richards saved the embarrassment with 50 not out. Also, England tailenders came up with brilliant cameos to score 49 runs in the last 7 overs and put up a competitive score.

But come to the second ODI, England will have to bat better, and the onus rests on their top order, comprising Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley, and Emma Lamb. Also, their bowling was all over the place. England needs better discipline in their batting and bowling to thwart the challenge from a competitive India.

Players to watch out for

Sophie Ecclestone could be the game changer for England in the second ODI as her all-round skills could give a tough fight to India. She had bowled England to victory with 3/25 in the third T20I. In the first ODI, she came up with power hitting in the death overs, scoring 31 off 33 balls, to give England a fighting total. Her all-round skills could spoil India’s party in the second ODI.

ENG vs IND: Head to head

England had beaten India in the last ODI series 2-1 at home in 2021. Overall, India has won 32, lost 40, and 2 no results in 74 ODIs against England. In the last 5 ODIs between the two teams, England has won 3 and lost 2 against India.

Pitch report of the second ODI at Canterbury:

St Lawrence Ground at Canterbury has seen 4 ODIs being played here, although in men’s cricket. It’s a high-scoring ground with 250 being a par score. But thanks to English conditions, chasing would be easier as conditions would be better for batting in the second innings. Hence, winning the toss would be crucial.

England vs India Second ODI Telecast Details:

TV: Sony Ten
Live Streaming: Sony Liv App

ENG vs IND: Probable Playing XI

England: Amy Jones (C/WK), Tammy Beaumont, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Emma Lamb, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt

India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Yastika Bhatia, Harleen Deol, Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Meghana Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Squads for England vs India second ODI:

England: Amy Jones (C/WK), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Emma Lamb, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (Vice-Captain), Shafali Verma, Sabbineni Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Taniyaa Sapna Bhatia (WK), Yastika Bhatia (WK), Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Renuka Thakur, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, DayalanHemalatha, Simran Dil Bahadur, Jhulan Goswami, Jemimah Rodrigues



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