With an eye on ODI championship, India out to seal series

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A clinical bowling performance, which helped India take the lead against England in the three-match ODI series, will hold the hosts in good stead as they look to clinch the series in the second ODI and consolidate their second spot in the ICC ODI Championship standings. England too have the opportunity to move up the table: currently placed seventh, a victory will help them move up to the fifth spot.
Ekta Bisht’s four-wicket haul, and two wickets apiece for Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma, had helped India mask an average batting display, which was the result of a familiar middle order collapse. Despite promising knocks from Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, India were reduced to 95 for 5 at one stage and if not for gritty contributions from Jhulan Goswami and Taniya Bhatia, the home team would have ended up with a lot less than their eventual total of 202. While the bowling performance would have pleased Raj’s team, the batters need to step up and give a better account of themselves.
England, too, have a similar concern with their established batters not delivering on their promise. Barring Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight, none of the batters crossed 20, with as many as eight being dismissed for 10 or below. Skipper Knight hoped for better application and stressed on the need to spend time at the crease, which is imperative for England if they have to challenge India’s powerful spin arsenal.
What to expect: After the first game, Raj mentioned that the Wankhede wicket tends to get slower as the match progresses, which suggests that the captain winning the toss will look to capitalise by batting first. As far as the weather is concerned, it’ll be bright and sunny with a high of 28 degree Celsius.
Team news:
India: The hosts are unlikely to make any changes to their combination, which means an extended stay on the bench for the likes of Punam Raut, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Ravi Kalpana and Mansi Joshi.
Probable XI: Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (c), Harleen Deol, Mona Meshram, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav.
England: The visitors, too, are unlikely to change their eleven from the opening ODI, which had plenty of senior players.
Probable XI: Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor (wk), Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Alex Hartley.