Match Prediction Women's T20 World Cup 2020 Semi-Final 1 - India v England
The Semi-Final 1 of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 between India and England will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
Both India and England have been struggling with their top order. While Shafali Verma has contributed consistently for India, Smriti Mandhana, apart from missing one game due to flu, has not been able to fire. The much-acclaimed opening pair of Danielle Wyatt and Amy Ellen Jones has not produced the results either.
In their last league match, England promoted Tammy Beaumont to open with Wyatt. While Beaumont was dismissed for nought, the separation of the erstwhile openers possibly worked as both scored 20-odd runs.
In the total of 20 T20Is played between the two teams, England have won 15 and India have won only 4. Out of the last 5 T20 games, England have registered victories in four while India have won only one.
The run-scoring onus would again be on Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver. The two have done the bulk of the scoring for England in the tournament.
For India, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma have had good outings with the bat. If either of Smriti Mandhana or Harmanpreet Kaur can find form in this game, it would be a blessing for India
Sophie Ecclestone and Anya Shrubsole are the top wicket-takers for England, both with 8 scalps each. Ecclestone has been far more economical.
For India, Poonam Yadav is leading the wicket charts with 9 wickets while Shikha Pandey is the next best with 7 scalps.
Let's have a look at the playing XI of both teams:
England - Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers
India - Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Smriti Mandhana (India), Heather Knight (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Poonam Yadav (India), Sophie Ecclestone (England)
Most Sixes – Shafali Verma (India), Natalie Sciver (England)
Player of the Match – Smriti Mandhana
Team Scores Batting first – India 145+, England 140+
Match Handicap India
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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