Preview: 3rd ODI –India Women v/s West Indies Women, Squads, Head-to-Head, Dream-XI Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch & Injury Report
Date and Day: 6 November 2019, Wednesday.
Match 3 – India Women v/s West Indies Women
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.
With a strong comeback in the second game of the series, the Indian women’s team has leveled the three-match series one-one. The final match of the series on 6 November 2019 now becomes the series decider.
India women’s team recovered well from their debacle in the first ODI and registered a thumping win against the West Indies women’s team in the second ODI of the series. In the second ODI, the Indian women’s’ team won the toss and opted to bat first. After losing two quick wickets in the form Jemimah Rodrigues and Priya Puniya, the Indian captain Mithali Raj along with Punam Raut Steadied the ship with a 63 run partnership for the third wicket. After the dismissal of MItahli Raj (40 off 67 balls). Harmanpreet Kaur and Punam Raut added 93 runs for the fourth wicket partnership. Harmanpreet Kaur (46 of 52 balls) and Punam Raut (77 off 128 balls) both fell in the successive overs trying to up the ante. With the pitch being on the slower side the Indian team managed to score 191 in their fifty overs. For the West Indies, Aaliyah Alleyne and Afy Fletcher picked up two wickets each.
In the reply to India’s par score, the West Indies women’s team didn’t get off to a bright start in the chase. Losing Stacy Ann King early and then Natasha McLean retired hurt then the onus of the chase again fell upon the West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor. But she was held captive by the beautiful bowling done by Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Poonam Yadav. After the fall of Stafaine’s wicket, the West Indies team just didn’t have grit in the back to chase down the target and eventually fell short by 53 runs. Indian spin trio off Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, and Deepti Sharma picked up 2 wickets each giving away just 78 runs off their 28 overs combined.
Batting has been an area of concern for the West Indies women’s team. Hayley Matthews can now be considered for selection and might make her way back into the playing eleven due to the all-round ability she possesses. For the Indian women’s team Smriti Mandhana may come into the playing eleven but whom she replaces will have to be seen as both Priya Punia and Punam Raut have done a decent job.
Weather and Pitch Forecast
The weather forecast for the matchday is bright and sunny throughout the day. The pitch tends to get slower as the game progresses so batting first would be a great option. The spinners are expected to get some purchase off the pitch.
Head to Head
In the previous five games, India women’s team has beaten West Indies women’s team in four games while losing one game. The series is perfectly balanced with both the teams winning a game each, the final game could well go in the favor of India.
Played-5, India-4, West Indies-1.
West Indies Women Squad
Stafanie Taylor (capt.), Anisa Mohammed, Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond, Hayley Matthews.
West Indies Women Probable XI
Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, Britney Cooper, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Shabika Gajnabi, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond.
India Women Squad
Mithali Raj (capt), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-capt), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma, Smriti Mandhana
India Women Probable XI
Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Taniya Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Priya Punia/ Poonam Raut.
Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Stafanie Taylor, Stacy-Ann King, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond, Poonam Yadav.