Match: India Women vs England Women, 1st semifinal
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Date and time: March 5, 2020, at 9.30 AM IST
Cricket lovers are excited about the first semifinal of the Women’s T20 World Cup, where India Women have an opportunity to beat England and enter their first T20 World Cup final ever. Fans will be hoping that India Women win their first World Cup. Cricket fanatics will also get a chance to win huge cash prizes if they play the fantasy cricket game on the best fantasy cricket app, Howzat. Howzat has a website too, where you can play fantasy cricket and other sports. Reputed as one of the most reliable fantasy cricket websites, this top fantasy cricket site allows you to play fantasy sports and win cash.
Read on to get fantasy cricket tips for the India-England semifinal and learn more about the match.
India Women vs England Women: today cricket prediction
Preview: India Women topped the group after winning four successive games in Group A, and will enter the semis high on confidence. They will fight it out against England Eves, who, with three wins and a loss, finished second in Group B. Despite India’s strong showing in the league stages, they will be aware of their weaknesses in the middle order, which England can take advantage of. The two teams also met in the semis of the T20 World Cup in 2018, where England got the better of the Women in Blue, and the Harmanpreet Kaur-led team will be eager to settle the score.
Toss: In a do-or-die clash, putting runs on the board as a target is always the preferred option. India Women have won three of their four games thus far while batting first, and they might make a similar choice if the toss goes in their favour. However, the possibility of rain might force the skippers to chase as well as DLS might come into play.
Weather and pitch conditions: A big ground will mean that a score of 155 will be considered a fighting total. The weather update, however, is not very bright for the game as there is a very, very chance of rain on the match day. In case the match is a washout, India Women will advance to the finals as they topped their group.
India Women: Team News and Probable Playing 11
Probable playing 11: H Kaur (c), S Mandhana, Shikha P, Poonam Y, R Gayakwad, V Krishnamurthy, Deepti S, J Rodrigues, T Bhatia (wk), Radha Y, Shafali S V
Key players: Deepti S has contributed vital runs down the order after the loss of early wickets, and she has pitched in with the ball as well, which makes her a good all-round option. Shafali S V has led the charge for the Indian Eves at the top, scoring 161 runs. She is the only batter in the team to score more than 100 runs. Most importantly, she has struck the ball at a strike rate of 161, the best in the Women’s T20 World Cup this year. Poonam Y is the leading wicket-taker with 9 wickets and has played an important role in the four wins so far.
England Women: Probable Playing 11 and key players
Probable playing 11: H Knight (c), A Shrubsole, D Wyatt, T Beaumont, K Brunt, A Jones (wk), N Sciver, F Wilson, S Ecclestone, S Glenn, M Villiers
Key players: N Sciver has led the way for England in both departments, scoring 202 runs with three fifties and picking up two wickets as well. She has scored her runs at an average of more than 67 and will hold the key in the batting order. H Knight has led from the front and is just seven runs short of scoring 200 runs in the tournament. She has a strike rate of 136.87, which shows how impactful she has been. Experienced pacer S Ecclestone has picked up 8 wickets with the best figures of 3 for 7. Her bowling average is an impressive 6.12 in the ongoing tournament, and her spell in the power play overs will be important.
Suggested Howzat Dream Team
Wicket-keeper: A Jones (9 credits) bats higher up the order and will have a greater chance to earn Howzat fantasy points than India’s T Bhatia (8 credits), hence the English woman gets a place on our fantasy team.
Batters: H Knight (10 credits) is in fine form, and there is no surprise as to why she has been picked. S Mandhana (10.5 credits), however, has not had the best run, scoring just 38 runs in three games. She is an experienced big-match player, though, and cannot be excluded. J Rodrigues (9 credits) and Shafali S V (8.5 credits) have held the Indian batting together in this edition. The Mumbai-born Rodrigues has pitched in with 85 important runs in four innings.
All-rounders: N Sciver (10 credits) is considered one of the best all-rounders in the world currently, and she has shown why. She has performed brilliantly with both the bat and the ball in the tournament.
Bowlers: Poonam Y (9 credits) is a must pick, considering how she has been able to bamboozle the opponents match after match. Shikha P (8.5 credits) has been an underrated performer for India with the new ball. She has picked up 7 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 5.30 and has wreaked havoc in the first six overs. Radha Y (8.5 credits) is yet another dangerous Indian spinner who can be more than a handful in helpful conditions. S Ecclestone (9 credits) has the experience, while M Villiers (8 credits) is a cost-effective buy.
Captain and Vice-Captain: N Sciver and Poonam Y
NOTE: The suggested Howzat dream team is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy cricket team by using your knowledge of cricket. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual Playing 11 is announced by each team (15 to 30 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the playing 11.
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