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Preview – India Women vs England Women, 1st T20I, Mumbai

Dec 6, 2023

India Women are set to make a comeback to T20I cricket after a five-month hiatus, gearing up to face England in a riveting series. Last seen in a bilateral T20I against Bangladesh in July, India faced a setback with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur receiving a two-match suspension for misconduct. However, under Kaur’s leadership, India are eager to take on England in a three-match T20I series, followed by an Only Test, slated at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai.

England, having faced a series loss to Sri Lanka in their recent home series, arrive in India with a full-strength squad boasting star players like Danielle Wyatt, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, and Amy Jones. India, on the other hand, has shuffled its bowling lineup significantly since their tour of Bangladesh. Nevertheless, key batters and all-rounders remain part of the squad, except for Harleen Deol.

India’s anticipation is palpable as they prepare to face England on home turf. The last encounter between these teams on Indian soil in 2019 witnessed England clinching victory in all three T20Is. India’s bowlers showed prowess, but the batters struggled, placing emphasis on the crucial opening pair, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma, in the upcoming series. Mandhana, with vast experience in various women’s T20 leagues, brings valuable insight to the team.

England’s captain, Heather Knight, aims to maintain her team’s supremacy in women’s cricket against India, particularly after their setback against Sri Lanka. A series win away from home would serve as redemption for their prior defeat. England enters the contest with confidence, knowing they won’t encounter the same bowling attack that troubled them previously. In this anticipated series, the spotlight shines on India’s batting lineup, while England seek to solidify its dominance, promising an enthralling clash between bat and ball.

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