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UK vs India: Harmanpreet Kaur and Company aim for rare UK series win


An Indian team is confident of getting back on their own to win their first series in England since 1999 with another win over the hosts in the second Women’s ODI in Canterbury on Wednesday. After a bad 1-2 defeat in the T20I series, Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian side raised its standards in all parts of the game to come back in three-day time and beat England by seven points in its opening game at Hove on Sunday. England are missing some of their senior players but India look a much better team in the first game and they will find a way to build momentum.

In 1999, the Indian team won the ODI series 2-1 with Anjum Chopra marks a hundred and a half centuries.

It is also a farewell series for those who Jhulan Goswami as India doesn’t have any mission over 50 years old until June 2023.

Playing for the first time since March, the 39-year-old world record holder for most matches showed little sign of fatigue and was the most frugal of the matches, back with the 10s -2-20-1.

First Officer India Smriti Mandhana led the batting show with 99 sublimated 91 balls, while wicket hitter Yastika Bhatia also hit a 50, before captain Harmanpreet finished the clinical chase with an 74 undefeated.

The captain will expect the average order to increase and hopefully open the scoring Shafali Verma just as she hasn’t scored in more than 10 innings in the last half century.

England, on the other hand, will be hoping that those who beat them will have a big total as they will depend a lot on the form of Sophia Dunkley, who has had a successful T20I series.

Dunkley and Alice Capsey once again proved dangerous in the middle before being caught with one hand by Harmanpreet which broke the partnership and caused the downfall.

If India gets a win in the second match, it will be a huge boost of confidence for a team trying to find its footing in over 50-year-old cricket.

Team

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Sabbineni Meghana, Deepti SharmaYastika Bhatia (week), Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Renuka Thakur, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari GayakwadHarleen Deol, Dayalan Hemalatha, Simran Dil Bahadur, Jhulan Goswami, Taniyaa Bhatia and Jemimah Rodrigues.

England: Amy Jones (c and wk), Tammy BeaumontLauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Eclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong and Danni Wyatt.

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The match starts at 3:30pm IST.

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