Time: March 16, 6:30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
At Bay Oval until now, two games have been won by the chasing team and as many games ended up in a last-over thriller. It has been an even battle between the bat and ball.
Probable XI for India: Yastika Bhatia, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Probable XI for England: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlotte Dean, Anya Shrubsole
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
After her 109* against Australia, Natalie Sciver has not fired with the bat. She, however, has been making amends with the ball. For her all-round skills and reputation, she will be a popular pick in fantasy cricket.
A fighting 71 followed by a spectacular 109, Harmanpreet Kaur has found her lost mojo at the international level. Her average in the World Cup has now shot up to 53 compared to her overall average of 35.
Tammy Beaumont has been England’s best batter this World Cup, setting up foundations in all three innings: 74, 46, and 62. Against India, nonetheless, her numbers are ordinary. She has managed only one fifty in 22 matches.
In 2022, Smriti Mandhana has scored two fifties and a hundred in five ODIs. For all the right reasons, she will be a power player in fantasy leagues. In addition, she likes feeding on the English bowlers: 611 runs at 50 in 13 games speaks volumes.
The last time these teams met in the World Cup, Anya Shrubsole ran through India’s batting and took 6 for 46.
Mithali Raj is yet to do anything significant in the World Cup, but her stats against England cannot be ignored. She has scored 2,004 runs at 50 in 58 games. In 2022, she has scored three fifties in eight games.
Sophie Ecclestone may be playing as a specialist spinner, but she can also pack a punch with the bat. Her last two scores read 33* and 15*, helping fantasy players stay ahead in the race. She also maintains an impressive record against India. Her 18 wickets have come in a mere 8 games.
With 7 wickets in 3 games, Rajeshwari Gayakwad has taken the most wickets for India in the World Cup. Against England, she has the best bowling figures of 4 for 42.
Amy Jones was a delightful pick in fantasy sports against South Africa. She scored 53 runs, took a catch, and inflicted a stumping.
Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar have been equally impressive with both bat and ball. The duo has scored 156 runs and taken 10 wickets between them.
India beat England in the league stage but lost in the finals of the 2017 World Cup. In the ongoing edition, India have won two of three games and England are yet to register a victory. All in all, the numbers favour India.