It was a game of complete contrast. On one hand, you had an ultra-conservative Indian Women’s team and on the other hand, English ladies who didn't give two hoots about any scores on the board. Both sides seemed to have played two different games within one day at the County Ground in Bristol, with India playing as many as 181 dot balls in the process. The second ODI in Taunton gives the Indian team a chance to change their approach and level the series before the final ODI at the County Ground in Worcester.
HEAD TO HEAD
Overall: Matches – 70| IND-W – 30 wins | ENG-W – 38 wins | NR – 2
Last five matches: IND-W – 3 wins | ENG-W – 2 wins | NR – 0
While you could go for the above team, you also have the option of choosing your own team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. Based on algorithms, we have come up with one team.
GROUND AND TEAM COMBINATION
In the last three years, the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton has been a decently batting-friendly venue with a first-innings average score of 267. While 322 has been chased one, batting first teams have won 33.33% time in the last three years which means teams winning the toss would opt for fielding in all likelihood. Pacers have accounted for a staggering 90.48% wickets at the ground while spinners have only 9.52%. It is a dichotomic situation really from a team perspective buy you at least who to bank on.
However, in the Women's ODIs, the story has been entirely different. Of the 142 wickets fallen at the ground so far in the history of Women's ODIs, pacers have accounted for 68 of them with 74 going to the spinners. In terms of average and strike rate, both types of bowlers have an almost similar positioning to dictate terms.
Tammy Beaumont has scored 318 runs at 318.00 in the last five games for England Women. That he hasn’t been dismissed only once in these games tells a story of his reliability as well as the impact on the English ladies. Her unbeaten 87 in the previous game was a real shifter, thus having her as the captain of your side is a bet you should consider.
Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Beaumont to score 50-74 runs
With an average of 41.10 at a recklessly good strike rate of 97.43, Natalie Sciver is a gem who keeps on giving. In the previous game at Bristol, apart from taking on the Indian bowlers for fun on her way to a well-made 74, she created multiple chances as a bowler as well. Banking on her would be a good idea to fetch some important points for your team.
Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Sciver to score 22-34 runs
When Shafali Verma was named in the Test squad, many people were skeptical of the idea but she brushed it aside with her own sublime way, scoring two ridiculously good half-centuries - the first of which could’ve been a well-composed debut century. Her ODI debut might not have gone according to the plans, but you know, she is the most exciting batter in the world and can fetch points once gets a hang of it.
Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Verma to score 22-34 runs
Mithali Raj was criticized for her slow batting display in the previous game but in the world of fantasy sports, strike rates hardly matter. Once set, Mithali has the uncanny ability to score substaintial runs for the side and that will come at a premium once you take her in your chosen 15.
Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Raj to score 42-64 runs