Man of the Match: Kate Cross
Can India conjure up a consolation win?
Our prediction is that England Women will win the third T20I Match!
England Women continued their rich form in T20 cricket with the second consecutive win against India Women to gain an unassailable lead in the three-match T20I series. England won the second T20 international by 5 wickets with 5 balls remaining. The third and the final T20I will be played at the same venue on the 9th of March 2019.
With the fourth win in last 5 head to head encounter England Women are dominating India in every department when it comes to T20 Internationals. The second T20I was no different as India, after another failure from the top order, could not get going and set a very manageable total for England to chase. England, though had their moment of trouble, made it in the end comfortably.
India's batting needs to click if they are to make an impact against this formidable England T20 side. The absence of Harmanpreet Kaur isn't helping. Can India conjure up a consolation win?
India Women have the bowlers to defend the average totals in T20Is but they need their batters to step up and put those runs on board. Defending 111 in a T20 match makes it difficult for the bowlers to come back in the game. They could only extend the inevitable in the second T20I as India Women eventually lost by 5 wickets with 5 balls remaining.
Losing the toss batting first, India Women started well with Mandhana hitting twin sixes in the second over. However, once she got out, India were quickly reduced to 34 for 3. Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma tried to settle the innings but could not do it at a brisk pace. India eventually put up a small total for their bowlers to defend. In defense, Indian bowlers fought well and were looking to put the screws in the middle overs. However, unrelenting Danielle Wyatt and Winfield to her support saw England home comfortably in the end.
Indian top order must assume responsibility in the third T20I otherwise the English team seems to be too strong to be toppled at this stage.
Smriti Mandhana (c), Mithali Raj, Jamimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia, Ekta Bisht, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy.
Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Bharati Shrikrushna Fulmali, Anuja Patil, Harleen Deol, Ekta Bisht, Jemimah Rodrigues, Poonam Yadav
Danielle Wyatt is taking the responsibility of seeing England through in the T20 Internationals. She is a completely different player when it comes to T20. Most notably being the single-handed bludgeoning she handed the Indians in that 64-ball 124 innings in Mumbai last year chasing 199 successfully.
In the second, T20 international, Catherine Burnt and Linsey Smith, cut India’s innings short as and when it looked like taking the team to safety. Burnt and Smith ended up with 3 and 2 wickets, respectively, as India could crawl to just 111 in 20 overs. The chase was all about Danielle Wyatt. She stood firm as the wickets fell around her. She found a partner in Winfield who scored a quick-fire 29. Wyatt remained unbeaten on 64 as England won the match and the series in the second T20I.
England bowlers are firing in every game. The batters collapse every now and then. A bit more consistency there and this England Women team can become harder to beat.
Heather Knight(c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Alex Hartley, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Laura Marsh, Linsey Smith.
Danielle Wyatt, Lauren Winfield, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Kate Cross, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Laura Marsh, Heather Knight, Linsey Smith, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole
The third T20I will be played at the same venue in Guwahati. The pitch is good for batting as was evident from England batting in both the games. The application is what is missing from India.
The team winning the Toss should opt to Bat first here and apply themselves to get in after which run-scoring becomes easier.
India Women are batting exactly as the England Women team batted in the ODI earlier – without much application. The pitch at Guwahati has runs in it for the taking but India are failing to take advantage of it. England, though not without their problems, have managed to make an impact and have the series win to show for it.
Thus, our prediction is that the England Women will continue the dominance to win the third T20 international against India Women.
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