India vs England: On Wednesday, December 06, 2023, India under the leadership of Harmanpreet Kaur will face England in the first fixture of the three-match T20I series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Women in Blue will eye a winning start to the series and edge the English side early on in this bilateral contest.
India are having an impressive stint in the shortest format of the game this year and would like to keep it going. Under Harmanpreet Kaur’s captaincy, India have been playing fearless cricket in recent times. As Wankhede Stadium mostly favours batters, Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues will have a good chance of showcasing their batting prowess.
India don’t have a very positive record when it comes against England in T20 internationals. India’s latest T20I series unfolded against Bangladesh in July 2023, resulting in a 2-1 triumph for the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side. The Indian side is looking very spirited and should look to go all-in against the English team.
On the other hand, England would try to bounce back from a home series loss against Sri Lanka. England are in ordinary form in T20I cricket currently. Though they have named a strong squad coming to India. The team will pose India a great challenge despite being away from home.
England has completely dominated India when it comes to T20I format. The last time these two sides met was during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, where England emerged victorious over India. The veteran Nat Sciver-Brunt’s all-round exploits in the WPL and her form in the international circuit make her the most dangerous player. Alongside her few more players of this squad were part of the WPL and are familiar with the conditions in Mumbai, they will use their experience to the best possible ways to win this series.
On a spin-friendly and slow track, batters from both sides have struggled largely which indicates this could be a series dominated by spinners and both India and England have plenty in their ranks. As both teams prepare to face each other again, both squads would be eager to make a mark in the coming contest at Wankhede.
India vs England 1st T20I – Match Details
Date and Time: 06 December, 2023, Wednesday, 07:00 PM IST
Venue : Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Live Streaming: The match will be telecasted on Sports 18. Online live streaming will be available on JioCinema & FanCode.
India vs England 1st T20I – Pitch Report
The pitch at this venue typically offers flat wickets and generally assists the chasing teams. The track here is a balanced surface. The venue provides great entertainment when it is in the shortest format. The first-inning score of 160 is the average total at the Wankhede.
India vs England 1st T20I – Weather Report
The weather forecast is expected to be partly cloudy. The temperature is likely to hover around 30-degree Celsius with 59% humidity.
India vs England 1st T20I – Probable Playing XIs
India : Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Amanjot Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Richa Ghosh(wk), Kanika Ahuja, Pooja Vastrakar, Shreyanka Patil, Renuka Thakur.
England: Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight(c), Maia Bouchier, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Amy Jones(wk), Charlie Dean, Danielle Gibson, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Mahika Gaur.
India vs England 1st T20I – Head-to-Head Records
India and England have 27 meetings between them in T20I history. The English team have been dominant and have won 20 games so far whereas India emerged victorious seven times.
India vs England 1st T20I – Key Players
- Smriti Mandhana: She is an outstanding opener who doesn’t throw away her wicket easily and plays very maturely. Smriti scores fluently at the top of the order. Besides, she has been very friendly with the conditions at Wankhede and will make full use of her experience.
- Renuka Thakur: She was out of the team for some time due to injury. Making a comeback after an injury layover, Renuka will play a very crucial role for India with the ball in hand against England.
- Danielle Wyatt: She is an enforcer for England in the powerplay overs. If Wyatt gets settled and goes against the Indian pacers, England will find themselves in a good enough position. Her contribution in the starting stage of the inning will be vital for England.
- Nat Sciver-Brunt – She is a superb all-rounder who is currently in her prime form. Nat Sciver has done well with some outstanding performances in the recently concluded WBBL. She will be one of the key players for England against the host India.
India vs England 1st T20I – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Richa Ghosh
Batters: Danielle Wyatt, Smriti Mandhana(c), Shafali Verma
All-rounders: Nat Sciver-Brunt(vc), Deepti Sharma, Alice Capsey, Pooja Vastrakar
Bowlers: Sophie Ecclestone, Renuka Thakur, Mahika Gaur