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ENG-W vs IND-W, 1st Semi-final, Commonwealth Games 2022 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: England Women vs India Women, (ENG-W vs IND-W, 1st Semi-final)

Date: August 6, 2022 – 3:30 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For those in India, the Commonwealth Games will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sports Network. Watch the semi-final between England and India women on Sony Six and Six HD. You can also stream the match live on Sony LIV application.

England Women vs India Women, 1st Semi-final:

The women’s T20 competition at Commonwealth Games 2022 has its four semifinalists in Australia, India, England and New Zealand. The first Semi-final will witness England and India lock horns at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday, August 5. The winner will secure at least a Silver medal and get a shot at a Gold.

England’s path to the semifinals was dominant, winning all three games and topping the table in their group. Their last game was a seven-wicket thrashing of New Zealand as they claimed the top spot in Group B. Katherine Brunt snared 2 for 4 runs in her three overs while Sarah Glenn and Issy Wong also bagged two scalps each as the home side restricted New Zealand to 71/9. England women lost three wickets but Amy Jones’ unbeaten 18 off 10 took them over the line.

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led India women side went down by three wickets against Australia in the opening game but bounced back to smash Pakistan and Barbados to secure second place in Group A. India posted 162/4 on the back of Jemimah Rodrigues’ unbeaten 56 off 46 and Shafali Verma’s 26-ball 43. Deepti Sharma also made a crucial 34* off 28 at the back end. Renuka Singh then destroyed the Barbados top order with four wickets as she did against Australia. A better support from others meant India could restrict the opponents to 62/8.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for ENG-W vs IND-W, 1st Semi-final

The pitches at Edgbaston in Birmingham have remained pretty good throughout the tournament and the teams with strong batting line-ups have posted good scores. The average first innings score from 12 matches in the tournament reads 124, with seven scores of 140+.

The weather in Birmingham is expected to be mostly sunny on Saturday with little to no threat of rain. The temperature will be around 22°C.

England Women – Expected XI and Team News

England have played all three group stage matches with the same playing XI. Heather Knight was ruled out of the tournament, with Nat Sciver taking over the captaincy. Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong and Sarah Glenn form a potent bowling attack along with all-rounders Katherine Brunt and Sciver.

Probable XI – Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Natalie Sciver (c), Amy Jones (wk), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong, Sarah Glenn

India Women – Expected XI and Team News

India had some unavailability issues at the beginning of the tournament but have found their best XI now. Pooja Vastrakar gets back in the side, with Jemimah Rodrigues moving up the order. Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh and Radha Yadav are specialist bowling options while Harmanpreet Kaur, Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana chip in as all-rounders.

Probable XI – Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Yastika Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh, Radha Yadav

Head to head record of ENG-W vs IND-W

Total Encounters – 22

England Women Won – 17

India Women Won – 5

England lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

1st Semi-final: Five players to watch out for in the ENG-W vs IND-W match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

Katherine Brunt: All-rounder, England

Katherine Brunt has been one of the greatest players in the women’s game. She has been magnificent in the ongoing competition, claiming four wickets at an economy of just 3.11 rpo while also smoking 38* off 23 in one of the matches. Brunt has 107 wickets in her T20I career at 5.46 rpo along with 550 runs at an average of 17 while striking at 115.

Harmanpreet Kaur: All-rounder, India

The Indian skipper started the competition with a bang, smashing 52 in just 34 balls. She was superb with the ball against Barbados, picking 1 for 7 in three overs. Harmanpreet Kaur has a fantastic record in T20 internationals, having scored 2463 runs at 27 average with one hundred and seven fifties. She also has 32 wickets to her name at 6.10 economy.

Shafali Verma: Batter, India

The 18yr old Shafali Verma has produced two excellent knocks in the tournament, scoring 48 off 33 against Australia and 43 off 26 against Barbados. The opening batter has done pretty well for India in T20Is, with 860 runs in 35 games at an average of 25 and an incredible strike rate of 141, including three half centuries. 

Sophie Ecclestone: Bowler, England

The world no. 1 bowler Sophie Ecclestone has been mighty consistent in her craft. The left arm orthodox spinner has 78 wickets in T20I cricket from just 56 games at 5.87 economy and 15.8 strike rate. Her tournament stats read 5 wickets at 4.75 rpo. Ecclestone has been working on her batting and recently blasted 33* off 12 against South Africa.

Renuka Singh: Bowler, India

The 26yr right arm pacer is the leading wicket-taker in the competition, having claimed 9 wickets in three games at a strike rate of just eight. Renuka Singh stunned the strong Aussie top order in the first game with 4 for 18 and then claimed 4 for 10 against Barbados. 

MPL Fantasy XI

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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