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The rivalry between England and India women has been pretty competitive in recent years, with England just about leading the scoreline by 4-3 in the last seven matches.
Overall they have faced each other 26 times, of which England have won 19 while India have claimed just 7. India are a side that relies on their superstars to a big extent while England have quality distributed throughout the line-up.
England Women: Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Alice Capsey, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Amy Jones (wk), Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Brunt, Charlotte Dean, Sarah Glenn, Lauren Bell
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Richa Ghosh (wk), Devika Vaidya, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey
The 14th match of the Women's T20 World Cup 2023 will resume the rivalry between England and India women. The two teams will clash in this Group 2 fixture at St George's Park in Gqeberha on Saturday, February 18th.
England sit at the top of the Group 2 table with two wins in two games and a superb net run rate of 2.497. They began the tournament with a seven-wicket victory over West Indies and then defeated Ireland by four wickets on Monday.
Sophie Ecclestone picked 3 for 13 while Sarah Glenn claimed 3 for 19 as they shot out Ireland for just 105. Alice Capsey put on an excellent batting display in the second innings, blasting 51 off just 22 balls. They lost a few wickets in the middle overs but Capsey had done the damage.
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side is occupying second place in Group 2, having won two out of two games with a net run-rate reading of 0.590. India claimed a seven-wicket win over Pakistan before beating West Indies by six wickets on Wednesday.
Stefanie Taylor and Shemaine Campbelle led a decent platform for the Windies with a 73-run stand for the second wicket but India pulled things back well. Deepti Sharma snared 3 for 15 as they restricted the opponents to 118/6. India were 43 for 3 in 7.1 overs before Kaur and Richa Ghosh added 72 runs for the fourth wicket. Ghosh remained unbeaten on 44 off 32 to see her side home.
England have quality in their line-up from top to bottom. A top order of Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, and Alice Capsey can destroy bowling attacks while Nat Sciver and Heather Knight are capable of playing according to the situation. Amy Jones at number six is out of position but can still make an impact. The pace bowling unit comprises Katherine Brunt, Lauren Bell and Sciver while Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, and Charlie Dean form the spin department.
India have a strong side as well with several impact players. Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues have shown good form but Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur haven't had a great time recently. Richa Ghosh has developed into a reliable star in the middle order. The lower middle order, however, could be a concern. Pooja Vastrakar and Renuka Singh form the pace bowling unit as India have opted to play three spinners in Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, and Deepti.
Sophie Ecclestone is the world's number-one bowler in T20 internationals, boasting of a terrific record. The left-arm spinner has taken 92 wickets from 67 matches at this level, conceding at just 5.85 runs per over. Ecclestone has been in magnificent form, picking 3/19, 3/23 and 3/13 in the last three T20 outings.
Smriti Mandhana has crossed the 20-run mark only once in the last nine games but there's no doubt about her caliber. And if there's one opponent she almost always steps up against, it is England. The left-hander has scored 608 runs from 17 matches versus England women, averaging 40.53 at a strike rate of 144 with six fifties.
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