After tanking the first ODI in Bristol, Indian ladies were slightly better in the second dig but that didn’t stop the hosts from beating them once again to win the three-match ODI series with a game to spare. Considering the third ODI will have points bearing for the Ashes-style calculation later, this has enough context to force both sides to go for the kill.
HEAD TO HEAD
Overall: Matches – 71 | IND-W – 30 wins | ENG-W – 39 wins | NR – 2
Last five matches: IND-W – 2 wins | ENG-W – 3 wins | NR – 0
Ground Details and Team Combination
The County Ground in Worcester has hosted three Men's ODI games so far in which 1193 runs have been scored. 35 wickets that have fallen at the ground points to the fact that it is a batting-friendly venue with loads of runs on offer. Pacers have accounted for 66.7 % of wickets whereas spinners have a mere 33.3 %. The story is almost similar in the Women's ODIs as well with pacers picking 73.5 % of wickets and spinners are less subtle entity in the 8 Women's ODIs played at the venue.
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.
It might seem like a repeat but such has been the prolificity of Mithali Raj in the 50-over format of the game. In the first two ODIs of the series, she has hit two half-centuries and was the most standout performer from both sides. Bank on her to get you going and surge you ahead of your other mates in the fantasy sports department. Make her the captain. Period.
Our Criclytics Players Projections predict Raj to score 35-53 runs
Heather Knight came into the ODI series with four consecutive fifty-plus scores to her name, including one in the Bristol Test, but in the first two games of the series, her bat has been surprisingly silent. However, with Knight, you always know she would flip the page in her own wish and put up a majestic display of sorts.
Our Criclytics Players Projections predict Heather Knight to score 24-36 runs
No person in their right mind would not go for Shafali Verma in their team. Only two-match old in ODI cricket, Shafali, for instance in the second ODI, gave a larger-than-life impression with a fantastic 44 runs before being stumped out by the incredible Amy Jones. She represents a far bigger entity that never ceases to amaze.
Our Criclytics Players Projections predict Varma to score 18-28 runs
Kate Cross is a phenomenal bowler who uses her run-up to gather pace and it was all on display in the second ODI. He sent back half of the Indian batting line-up with an effervescent display of ferocity. She is the lady in form, thus banking on her would be a good idea.
Our Criclytics Players Projections predict Cross to take 2-3 wickets
Heather Knight has faced Poonam Yadav for 77 balls and has scored only 57 runs while being dismissed three times. It is an interesting match-up that would interest Mithali Raj a lot in Worcester.