England elect to bowl vs India

Tauranga, March 16 : England have won the toss and elected to bowl against India in their do-or-die ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match at the Bay Oval here on Wednesday. Both England and India are unchanged from their previous fixtures against South Africa and West Indies respectively. While India have won two out of their last three games, England have suffered three consecutive defeats. India skipper Mithali Raj said, “We would have batted first given it’s a dry pitch. We are unchanged. We would like to be consistent and that has benefitted the team. With the sort of experience and exposure of being finalists in the T20 World Cup and with a lot of them playing in the Big Bash League as well, it helps in such situations.” England captain Heather Knight said, “It’s a fresh pitch and although it is dry, we want to keep them to a low total. We’re playing the same team. Today feels like the day where it would click. A lot of fight from the girls. There is always pressure, we are still in it 100 per cent.” Playing XIs: India- Smriti Mandhana, Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj (c), Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad England- Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlotte Dean, Anya Shrubsole

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