After another emphatic ODI series win, Team India look forward to a possible clean sweep over world champions England in the third and final ODI, which will be played at the Wankhede.
India have wrecked England's famed batting line-up on both occasions with Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey at the fore-front of the destruction. Come Thursday, England have one last go at the Indians in the format with nothing but pride on the line.
With another stern test awaiting them, the English Women will be hoping to reinstate their credentials as they look to avoid a white-wash.
Squads to choose from:
Mithali Raj (C), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Ravi Kalpana, Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut.
Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Alex Hartley, Amy Ellen Jones, Heather Knight (C), Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt
Playing XI Updates:
With a historic clean sweep well within their reach, India wouldn't want to tinker with a winning combination. Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana have done exceedingly well for India while their bowling is in pristine form after bundling the English for less than 200 on both occasions. Punam Raut had a decent outing in the second one-dayer and should keep her side at the expense of Harleen Deol.
Possible XI: Mandhana, Jemimah, Raut, Raj(C), Deepti, Taniya(WK), Mona, Jhulan, Shikha, Poonam and Ekta.
In spite of having all the tools and the experience to succeed in the sub-continent, England have failed miserably, especially with the bat. Amy Jones and Sarah Taylor have failed to get going while Natalie Sciver has been the only one to stand tall amongst a heap of failures around her.
The bowling is fairly settled though with Brunt, Sciver and Ecclestone doing well. Amy Jones could make way for Dani Wyatt while Lauren Winfield should keep her place after a decent performance in her only game in the series.
Possible XI: Jones/Wyatt, Beaumont, Taylor(WK), Knight (C), Sciver, Winfield, Brunt, Elwiss, Ecclestone, Hartley and Shrubsole.
India Women vs England Women, 3rd ODI
28th February 2019, 9:00 AM IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicket-keeper: In spite of back-to-back failures so far, Sarah Taylor is the preferred choice for this slot as her records speaking for themselves. With Taniya Bhatia batting deep down the order, Sarah Taylor is the ideal player to fill in this slot
Batters: Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues are in the midst of a purple patch which has already seen them put in a number of solid partnerships at the top of the order. The latter missed out in the second ODI but will be eager to complement the aggressiveness of Mandhana in the first ten overs.
Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knights are two of the best in the business and are also great options to have in the side. Mithali Raj is due for a big one and could well slot in for Smriti Mandhana in the fantasy side.
All-rounders: Natalie Sciver has been England's best performer in this series and is a must-have in the side along with fellow all-rounders, Deepti Sharma and Katherine Brunt. Deepti Sharma bats in the top order and also contributes with her economical spin in the bowling department, making her a valuable asset.
Bowlers: Jhulan Goswami is coming off a match-winning performance in the second ODI and should be backed to pick a wicket or two. The likes of Alex Hartley, Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav are also great options to have in the fantasy side.
Captain: With the England side under the pump, Natalie Sciver should be backed to put in another great performance on Thursday. Sciver has scored 129 runs so far - the highest in the series - and looks to be in very good form. Her additional bowling abilities makes her perfect captaincy material and should be picked as captain. Other options include the usual suspects - Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Sarah Taylor (WK), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Deepti Sharma, Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Alex Hartley, Poonam Yadav and Jhulan Goswami. Captain: Natalie Sciver
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Sarah Taylor (WK), Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Deepti Sharma, Georgia Elwiss, Poonam Yadav, Jhulan Goswami and Sophie Ecclestone. Captain: Smriti MandhanaPublished 26 Feb 2019, 22:21 IST