When: India vs Windies, Match 7, June 29 at 9:30am GMT, 3:00pm IST
Where: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
What to expect: It’s likely to be another game day with a persistent cloud cover and showers, if the rain gods aren’t kind enough. A high of 16 degrees and a low of 12 is forecast for the day. It’s the same ground where Windies played out their opener and the pitch is expected to ease out as the day progresses, if we get a game that is.
India: There hardly seems a reason for India to tinker with their winning combination. They could be tempted to bring in left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad who is both in form and has a bagful of wickets against the Windies from the home series but an additional pace option, keeping the conditions in mind, is more advisable. Indians had a heart-in-mouth moment when Mandhana clutched her left leg and limped off in their previous outing, though the opener later confirmed it to be a hamstring niggle and that she should be fit for the next game.
Windies: Shakera Selman, who sustained a blow to the head in the game against Australia, is a doubtful starter. The Caribbean side has concerns in their batting department but they might not want to tamper with it just yet. Fletcher, the off spinner, might make way for another quick which would see either the returning Kyshona Knight or the 16-year-old bowling sensation Qiana Joseph getting their first game of the season.
What they said
“Half of our overs were played by our openers, which is a great stand and we are now looking for similar opening partnerships in the coming games. If you have a solid opening partnership then the middle order can carry on from there, which makes it much easier to post 250 and above. That’s always a good score in a game of women’s cricket,” said Mithali Raj on the solid platform provided by Raut and Mandhana.
“We need to focus on partnerships. We saw the Australians got one big partnership at the top but unfortunately we didn’t capitalise on our partnerships. Hopefully we can do that against India and it can make a difference,” said Chedean Nation on what’s hampering their progress.
India: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma (wk), Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween, Smriti Mandhana
West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (c), Merissa Aguilleira (wk), Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters