India Women vs England Women SF 1, WT20 World Cup 2020 Match Prediction
Group A winners India and Group B runners-up England will be hoping forecasts for rain in Sydney prove wide of the mark as they prepare for their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The match, which has no reserve day, is scheduled to take place on March 5 and get underway at 15:00 local time.
India hold the advantage if it does rain – a no result will put them into the final on account of having won their group. They did so by winning all four matches, including victories against Australia and New Zealand, as big-hitting teenage opener Shafali Verma attracted headlines for her batting performances.
England have Nat Sciver in fine form with the bat, meanwhile, but defeat in their opening game to South Africa could prove very costly – despite the fact they come into this semi-final having won all three matches since.
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The Sydney forecast is horrendous for cricket – the chance of rain during this match is as high as 97 per cent at times and there is nothing in the forecast to suggest any hope of a reprieve. This match could be a total washout.
The SCG has become more spinner-friendly in recent times, but there is still something in the wicket for batsman and fast bowlers.
England won the toss and elected to bat first last time out, and if a toss does go ahead – give the likelihood of a shortened match – batting first and setting a big target could be the plan.
Read on for team previews, latest odds, betting tips and match prediction for India Women vs England Women Semi Final 1, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020....
IND Women Team News & Playing 11
INDW Team News
Radha Yadav played the final two matches of the group stage, with India back to what may would consider their strongest starting XI. They are likely to be unchanged for this semi-final WT20 World Cup should it go ahead.
INDW Key Players
Shafali Verma: Scored 161 runs from 100 balls across the four group-stage matches, top-scoring in each of the last three matches.
Poonam Yadav: Set the tone with her excellent bowling against Australia in the opening game and went on to finish the group stage with nine wickets and an economy rate of 5.56 runs per over.
Deepti Sharma: Showed her ability with the bat with an unbeaten 49* in the opening game, while she has taken two wickets and generally been tidy with the ball too – even if she is usually a more prolific wicket-taker.
INDW Team Form
India won all four matches to finish top of Group A. They started with a 17-run win against Australia as Poonam Yadav claimed 4-19 to bowl the hosts out for 115, and she took 3-18 as they defended 142/6 to beat Bangladesh by 18 runs next up.
Shafali Verma’s 46 from 34 balls proved key as they posted 133/8 and beat New Zealand by three runs in the next match, and India rounded off a superb group stage as Radha Yadav took 4-23 to restrict Sri Lanka to 113/9 and Verma’s 47 helped them to a seven-wicket win.
IND Women Predicted Playing 11
Danni Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Nat Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Fran Wilson, Amy Jones (wk), Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers
ENG Women Team News & Playing 11
ENGW Team News
England promoted Tammy Beaumont up the order last time out, but she lasted just two balls as their search for an opening partnership went on. Mady Villiers took 1-30 as she came into the team for Lauren Winfield and the selection decision now is whether to stick with the extra bowling option.
ENGW Key Players
Nat Sciver: In superb form at number three, scoring her third half-century in four matches last time out. She scored 36 in her other innings too, and has bowled well also.
Heather Knight: An unbeaten centurion against Thailand, the England captain also hit 62 against Pakistan and showed good form against India in their recent Tri Series in Australia too.
Sophie Ecclestone: The 20-year-old became the youngest bowler to 50 T20i wickets when she took 3-7 last time out, following up figures of 2-19, 1-11 and 2-12 in her previous three games.
ENGW Team Form
England started with defeat to South Africa but have won three in a row since. Heather Knight hit a century and Nat Sciver 59* in a dominant win against Thailand next up, before both players were in the runs and Anya Shrubsole and Sarah Glenn led the bowling in a 42-run defeat of Pakistan.
Last time out, Sciver hit 57 and England scored 143/5 against West Indies, before Sophie Ecclestone’s 3-7 helped them bowl West Indies out for 97.
ENG Women Predicted Playing 11
Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
IND Women vs ENG Women Head to Head
England and India beat each other once apiece at the Tri Series in Australia that served as a warm-up for this tournament. England dominate the head-to-head, however, with 15 wins in 19 matches. Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s 2-19 and Harmanpreet Kaur’s 42* were key as India chased 148 to win by five wickets in the first of their two meetings in the Tri Series, but England hit back in the second. Anya Shurbsole took 3-31 as India posted 123/6 and Nat Sciver’s 38-ball 50 lifted England to a four-wicket win despite three more wickets for Gayakwad.
INDW vs ENGW Head to Head Stats
IND Women vs ENG Women Betting Odds
India Women are favourites to win, having qualified for the semi-finals as group winners and beaten Australia and New Zealand already.
INDW Bet365 Odds
- INDW to Win the Match: India are as high as 1.72 favourites with Bet365 to beat England.
- INDW Top Batsman: Shafali Verma has been in excellent batting form and the teenage opener is 3.20 to be India’s top team batsman with Bet365, as is opening partner Smriti Mandhana. Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur have not had as big an impact as expected, but both are 5.50 with Bet365.
- INDW Top Bowler: Poonam Yadav is 3.25 to be India’s top team bowler with Bet365 having started the World Cup in fine form, while Radha Yadav is 4.33 after taking four wickets in their most recent game. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey are all 4.33 with Bet365 too.
ENGW Bet365 Odds
- ENGW to Win the Match: England are 2.10 outsiders to beat India with Bet365.
- ENGW Top Batsman: Nat Sciver’s consistent form means she is 3.75 favourite with Bet365 to be England’s top team batsman, whereas Heather Knight is 4.50, as is Danni Wyatt. Tammy Beaumont was promoted to open last time out, so she is 5.00 and Amy Jones is 6.00.
- ENGW Top Bowler: Anya Shrubsole is 3.50 to be England’s top team bowler, while Sophie Ecclestone is 4.00 with Bet365 and both were in wicket-taking form in the group stage. Katherine Brunt and Sarah Glenn are both 4.50 with Bet365 and Sciver is 5.00.
IND Women vs ENG Women Prediction
India are in pole position to go through because they topped their group and, while it looks like rain will be the winner instead, India’s group-stage form makes them worth backing to win.