The 1st game of the 3-match ODI series between West Indies Women and India Women will be hosted by the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.
The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (5:30 PM GMT) (11:00 PM IST).
The game can be viewed on Windies Cricket’s YouTube channel.
India Women’s tour of Caribbean will start on Friday when they face the hosts West Indies Women in the first game of the 3-match ODI series in Antigua. India Women are probably going through their best in the ODI cricket having won all the series they played in the last 18 months in this format. The Mithali Raj-led team will be looking to increase their record series winning streak to six.
On the other hand, the West Indies Women are going through their lowest of times. The Stafanie Taylor received thrashing from England and Australia in the last couple of months in all formats. The disappointing factor for West Indies in those series has been their lack of fight. Moreover, the hosts will miss the all-rounder Hayley Matthews for the first two games due to her suspension.
Majority of Friday, the Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua is expected to be under the clouds. However, the weather forecast does not indicate great chances of rain.
The Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua hosted two ODIs thus far; both during the recent series between the hosts and Australia Women. The quality of fire-power in the Australia Women saw them post 300+ total while West Indies made 180 in the following game. The surface looked good for batting in those two matches. However, under the lights, the bowlers could find some help.
Average 1st inning score: 244 (Women’s ODIs)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1
Smriti Mandhana won’t be playing this match.
Probable Playing XIs:
West Indies Women:
Stacy-Ann King, Natasha McLean, Britney Cooper, Stafanie Taylor (C), Kyshona Knight, Chedean Nation, Sheneta Grimmond, Aaliyah Alleyne, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed.
Bench – Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Shemaine Campbelle.
Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht.
Bench – Smriti Mandhana, D Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Sushma Verma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
In nine ODIs in 2019, Deepti Sharma has taken 10 wickets and scored 109 runs including a fifty. Sheneta Grimmond got a couple of 30s during her debut ODI series against Australia at run-a-ball pace. Ekta Bisht has taken 16 wickets from 8 matches in the ODI format this year. Poonam Yadav has 14 wickets in the same number of matches in 2019. Chinelle Henry can be a surprise package as she is capable of scoring 20-30 runs low down the order and pick up 1-2 wickets.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Deepti Sharma, Stafanie Taylor, Mithali Raj, Chinelle Henry
Vice-Captain – Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Afy Fletcher, Sheneta Grimmond
The recent form of Deepti Sharma makes her must as captain or vice-captain in fantasy cricket.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Taniya Bhatia
Batters – Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia, Mithali Raj (VC)
All-Rounders – Deepti Sharma (C), Stafanie Taylor, Sheneta Grimmond, Stacy-Ann King
Bowlers – Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Afy Fletcher
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Taniya Bhatia
Batters – Jemimah Rodrigues, Britney Cooper, Punam Raut
All-Rounders – Deepti Sharma (VC), Stafanie Taylor (C), Sheneta Grimmond, Harmanpreet Kaur
Bowlers –Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav, Chinelle Henry
Harmanpreet Kaur has featured in six ODI matches in 2019 including three games where she neither batted nor bowled. If the host team bats first, it won’t be best of ideas to pick Harmanpreet unless a turning track is dished down for this game.
India Women are expected to start the tour with a comfortable win.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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