India will look for a clean sweep when they take on struggling England in the third ODI of the five-match ODI series at Wankhede on Thursday. The hosts have decimated the World Champions England so far in the series to take an unassailable lead of 2-0.
India Women have ticked most boxes in the last two outings, and more importantly, collected four points to seal direct qualification for the next World Cup in 2021. Smriti Mandhana has carried on her rich vein of form with a smooth 63 in the second One Day International while the bowlers Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht.
England Women, on the other hand, would want to put up a better show after dismal performances in consecutive games. The onus will be on the seniors Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt to lead the charge and regain momentum ahead of the three-match Twenty 20 Internationals.
Where – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
When – 28 February at 9:00 AM IST
Sophie Ecclestone has been ruled out of the India tour due to an injury. Left-arm spinner Linsey Smith will be available for selection for the third ODI. England had earlier lost off-spinner Laura Marsh due to an injury.
EN-W Playing 11: Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Amy Ellen Jones, Sarah Taylor (wk), Natalie Sciver, Lauren Winfield, Alex Hartley
Doubtful – Linsey Smith
England Women ODI squad: Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Alex Hartley, Amy Jones, Heather Knight (c), Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wk), Lauren Winfield and Danni Wyatt.
IN-W Playing 11: Mithali Raj (c), Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia (wk)
India Women ODI squad: Mithali Raj(c), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Ravi Kalpana, Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, Harleen Deol
Top picks – Natalie Sciver, Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana are the top-three batswomen in the series so far. Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami and Ekta Bisht have been the leading wicket-takers.
Safe bets – Sarah Taylor, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Poonam Yadav, Jemimah Rodriguez, Punam Raut, Anya Shrubsole are among others you can bet on.
Make EN-W vs IN-W Dream11 team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.