England Women look to extend dominance against Windies
All-round England favourites to win
Barring a few changes, the script of the third T20I went along similar lines to the first two games, with England putting runs on the board and the Windies falling well short. To be fair to the tourists, they did show more intent and also changed their batting holder to give it more potential depth. And the starting few overs were aggressive too but after a point, it got too big for them to handle, even with their captain still at the crease.
England were smart, first with the bat where they ran the WI fielders ragged and then with the ball, using the surface brilliantly with an assortment of cutters and slower balls dug into the pitch. The key difference between the two sides were the bowling tactics at the death. WI were content to use spin and those runs conceded at the death hurt them bad. England didn’t err on that count and used their resources smartly. A different strip was used for that game but the nature remained same – dry, slow and two-paced. Goes without saying that the team batting first would have an edge as the deck does slow down in the second half.
If Tammy Beaumont and Sarah Glenn shone in the opening two games, it was Natalie Sciver’s chance to come to the party in the third game. The all-rounder, slotted in at three in the batting order, had got a few starts but wasn’t converting them into a big one. This time, she got in deep, manipulating the field superbly and also running hard as the hosts stole a plethora of twos in the outfield. And once the slog overs started, Sciver unleashed and arguably it was this period that cost West Indies the game.
With the ball, she was again effective as usual, as the visitors were choked at the back end of the innings. England have found different stars in each of the games so far and this collective performance is why they have been dominant. With the series sealed, they might think of a few changes with the likes of Sophie Dunkley, Kate Cross and Lauren Winfield having a chance of making the XI. Although skipper Heather Knight stated that it was tough to change a winning XI.
D Wyatt, T Beaumont, N Sciver, H Knight(c), A Jones(wk), K Brunt, F Wilson, S Glenn, M Villiers, A Shrubsole, S Ecclestone
Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Danielle Wyatt
While their intent, or the lack of it, in the first two games was frustrating to watch, West Indies did improve a few notches in the third game. But some usual problems continued to trouble them. Firstly, they were a bit sloppy in the field during the middle overs after a fine bowling start. The cold weather also was a factor for sure, as a few catches went down as well. All this didn’t sting as much as the death bowling, with close to 40 runs being scored off the final three overs. It meant that the target had once again crossed 150 and on these Derby decks, the score would take some doing.
The Windies still responded with refreshing innovation, changing their batting order to hold back Hayley Mathews and Stefanie Taylor in the chase. It started well, but once a couple of wickets fell, a lot fell on Deandra Dottin once again, and she did her bit with another fifty in the series. It must be said that while a lot of the batting order made sense, keeping Taylor back so much backfired as the skipper came in when the rate was sky-high. Eventually, they fell well short. Nevertheless, the tourists did put up a much better performance in this game, and will need to better this to get wins.
D Dottin, H Mathews, S Taylor(c), L Kirby, C Nation, S Campbelle(w), S Grimmond, C Henry, S Selman, A Fletcher, A Alleyne
Karishma Ramharack, Lee Ann Kirby, Shamilia Connell, Shabika Gajnabi, Chedean Nation, Deandra Dottin, Sheneta Grimmond, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Hayley Matthews, Stafanie Taylor
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||6||0 mm.||1.72 k/h||From: NW||36%|
|03h||6||0 mm.||2.11 k/h||From: WNW||35%|
|06h||5||0 mm.||2.21 k/h||From: W||59%|
|09h||10||0 mm.||2.04 k/h||From: W||82%|
|12h||15||0 mm.||3.24 k/h||From: WSW||53%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||3.13 k/h||From: W||2%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||2.83 k/h||From: WNW||45%|
|21h||12||0 mm.||2.92 k/h||From: WNW||75%|
After the afternoon game, this being an evening start will comfort the players as the temperatures aren’t as cold as they would be in the first half of the day. No real chances of rain and the pitch should be another slow track with help for the spinners and bowlers who mix their pace up.
County Ground in Derby has been one of England’s popular venue in County cricket across formats. In international cricket, it’s not been a frequent host in recent years and has been limited to white-ball cricket
It’s a no-brainer that the team winning the toss must bat first with the surface slowing down as much as it is.