Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the first T20I between England and India in Northampton.
After a thrilling Test match to lift the side’s spirits, India was exposed to its usual frailties in the 50-over format. The top-order comprising Mandhana, Shafali (debut) and Raut/Jemimah struggled to impose themselves over an incisive English attack. The ODI skipper Mithali was in the spotlight once again as she soaked in all the pressure to stave off bizarre collapses in the series.
India barely squeezed past 200 in the first couple of one-dayers as the batters failed to push the pedal on scoring with intent. The woes kept piling on as Harmanpreet Kaur failed to provide the much-needed impetus in the middle while the bowling attack hardly nudged Heather Knight’s side.
The lack of adequate time in the middle for months was trouble and India slowly regained shape over the course of the three ODIs and added two points to the bag with an eventual triumph in the final ODI on Saturday.
Come the T20Is, India will be aiming to build on the momentum as the road to next year’s T20 World Cup is deftly simmering. Harmanpreet remains the focus of the side – both for her tactics and approach this time around besides her form with the willow on the field. No Jhulan Goswami to add a bit of thrust up-front with the leather.
India will hope to briefly plug the gap with its existing resources in Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy and Pooja Vastrakar while positive spin bowling will once again be the difference between a win and playing catch-up with a solid England line-up.
How the points table stands –
6 points up for grabs in the remainder of the series.
India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Richa Ghosh, Simran Bahadur, Indrani Roy (wk)
England: Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones(wk), Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Danielle Wyatt, Natasha Farrant, Sophia Dunkley, Fran Wilson, Freya Davies, Mady Villiers
Where are the teams playing?
The first T20I will be played at County Ground, Northampton.
Where to watch – telecast and live streaming details?
|The 1st T20I between India and England women will be telecast on Sony TEN 1 and available for live streaming on Sony Liv. Jio TV and Airtel XStream will also provide live streaming. Alternatively, you can catch over-by-over updates here on Sportstar.|
Friday July 9: 1st Vitality IT20. England v India (The County Ground, Northampton)
Sunday July 11: 2nd Vitality IT20: England v India (The 1st Central County Ground, Hove)
Thursday July 15: 3rd Vitality IT20: England v India (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford