Man of the Match: Anya Shrubsole
West Indies women eye a strong comeback against England women
Our Prediction is England Women to win!
The fifth round of ODI Championship will begin as West Indies women will be touring England for three ODIs and three T20Is.
Hosts England will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on West Indies in the second game of the one-day series at New Road in Worcester on Sunday. In the opening game of the one-day series, England put in a dominant batting performance to beat West Indies by 208 runs.
West Indies is placed seventh in the points table with 11 points in 13 matches. West Indies lost their previous against Pakistan. West Indies will need to win this game in order to keep the one-day series alive.
2017 ICC World Cup Champions will be looking to continue their winning streak in the limited-overs format. England Captain Heather Knight will be hoping that the side can continue their winning streak in the one-day series.
Hosts England will be looking to maintain their standards with the bat and ball against West Indies in the remaining two games of the one-day series. England notched up a comfortable win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day series.
All-rounder Heather Knight led from the front and delivered a match-winning performance with the bat. She scored 94 runs off 94 balls with the help of 13 fours. Knight will be keen to continue this good form with the bat in this game. Opening batsman Amy Jones also played exceedingly well and scored 91 off 99 balls with the help of ten fours and two sixes.
Experienced players like Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor, and Natalie Sciver will be looking to produce decent scores for the side in this game. Beaumont and Sciver perished for the 30s and failed to capitalize on their good starts. Since June 2018, Beaumont has been a leading run-scorer for England and scored 604 runs in 13 matches at an average of 46.46
In the bowling department, pace bowler Katherine Brunt is the leading wicket-taker for the side since June 2018. She has taken 19 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 16.00. The likes of Sophie Ecclestone and Laura Marsh also have picked up wickets for the side in the opening game of the one-day series. Anya Shrubsole also bowled well without much luck in the wickets column.
Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Amy Ellen Jones, Sarah Taylor (wk), Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Danielle Wyatt, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Marsh
Danielle Wyatt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Taylor
The visitors will be looking to make a strong comeback in this game. Captain Stafanie Taylor and co. will need to raise their game with the bat and ball in a bid to level the three-match one-day series.
In the batting department, Windies will be relying on the likes of Stafanie Taylor, Hayley Matthews, and Shemaine Campbelle to do the bulk of the scoring. Stafanie Taylor has topped the batting charts for West Indies in the ODI format since June 2018 with 211 runs in 7 matches.
The batting trio of Taylor, Matthews, and Campbell perished for low scores in the opening game of the one-day series. For West Indies to level the three-match one-day series, the senior players will need to come to the party in this fixture
Middle-order batsman Chedean Nation was the only bright spot for West Indies in the opening game of the one-day series. She scored 42 not out off 75 balls with the help of five boundaries.
In the bowling department, off-spinner Hayley Matthews was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 4 for 57 from his 10 overs. Shakera Salman, Stafanie Taylor, and Afy Fletcher will need to provide crucial breakthroughs with the ball in hand.
Stafanie Taylor (captain), Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight (wk), Stacy-Ann King, Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Kyshona Knight, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell
Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Stacy-Ann King, Hayley Matthews, Kyshona Knight, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbelle, Stafanie Taylor
The wicket prepared will be decent for batting. The quick bowlers will get assistance off the surface. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
New Road in Worcester is all set to host the second game between England women and West Indies women on Sunday. England has an excellent head-to-head record against West Indies in white-ball cricket.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and put a decent score on the board. It will be difficult to chase down runs as quick bowlers might get the ball hoop around under lights.
England women will be outright favorites to win this contest. Heather Knight and co. is a formidable side playing in their home conditions. On the other hand, West Indies side will need to play exceedingly well in order to compete with England in this three-match one-day series.
Expect England Women to notch up a comfortable win over West Indies women.
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