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ENG W vs IND W, 1st ODI: Preview, Key Players and Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

image-l85yxpriEngland won the T20I series [PC: Twitter]

After registering a clinical series victory in the T20Is, English Women will clash with their Indian counterparts in the first game of the three-match ODI series in Hove tomorrow at 3.30 PM IST. 

The Indian team started as the favourites in the T20I series, as England were devoid of Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt. However, in contrast to people's expectations, the hosts outclassed the Indians in all three departments to clinch the series by 2-1. 

Batting was the major issue from India's perspective. The middle-order batters, who faltered in the T20I series, need to step up in the ODIs. 

On the other hand, England were ruthless as a unit and would like to sustain their winning momentum in the ODI series. 

Match Details

Venue: County Ground, Hove
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and Sony LIV App

Pitch Report: The County Ground in Hove was one of the high-scoring grounds in the Royal London One-Day Cup 2022. Further, we get to see flat surfaces in the UK at this time of the year. Therefore, we expect a decent batting track, which will assist spinners later in tomorrow's encounter. So, the toss-winner will likely opt to bat first. 

Spotlight: Sophie Ecclestone

image-l85z1ml9Sophie Ecclestone in action [PC: Twitter]

England's lead spinner, Sophie Ecclestone, is one of the most successful bowlers in limited-overs cricket at present. Since debuting in 2016, the left-arm orthodox bowler has scalped 79 wickets in just 49 outings, establishing herself as one of the key members of the English ODI setup. 

Further, she registered match-winning figures of three for 25 in the third T20I against India. So, we anticipate a cracking battle between Ecclestone and India's RHB-heavy batting order. 

Key Players

Sophia Dunkley has been in scintillating touch. The dynamic right-handed batter emerged as the highest run-scorer in the T20I series, garnering 115 runs, including two spectacular fifties. 

Smriti Mandhana has been India's mainstay in the ODI setup. In 74 ODIs, she has amassed 2892 runs at a splendid average of 42.5. 

Tammy Beaumont has piled up 3404 ODI runs in 89 innings. She has a plethora of experience and will shoulder England's batting responsibilities in the absence of Sciver and Knight. 

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-Keeper: Amy Jones
Batters: Tammy Beaumont, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Sophia Dunkley
All-rounders: Deepti Sharma, Emma Lamb, Sneh Rana
Bowlers: Renuka Singh Thakur, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp

Captain: Tammy Beaumont
Vice Captain: Sophie Ecclestone

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