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Cricket news - India look to halt T20I losing streak; England eye whitewash

India have already conceded the series 2-0.

How quickly have the tables turned. Less than a fortnight ago, England were staring at a series cleansweep at the hands of India. They had suffered two back-to-back losses, but came storming back to win the last ODI and the first two T20Is. India now face the ignominy of a whitewash at home. Something they will be desperate to avoid, even if the team they have at their disposal is far from the ideal one.

India's main concern will be their batting. Twice in the T20Is they've been restricted to under 120. Against a line-up as strong as England, a sub-par total was never going to be enough, even if the spinners paved way for a fight in the second game.

Much still rests on the star power of Smriti Mandhana, the captain in place of the injured Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues and Mithali Raj to ensure India do well with the bat, but the trio have failed to really make a mark so far in the series. They will hope that at least one, or better all three, comes good in the final game as they seek to end the series on a winning note. Mandhana called for a more fearless approach from their batters, and that will perhaps be the panacea for the struggling side.

For England, it's just a case of doing the right things more consistently. Just like their pacers, their top order looks in fine touch too, and they will count on another solid performance to see off India and wrap up the tour with a clean sweep. Katherine Brunt has been their go-to bowler with five wickets in two games, while their Danielle Wyatt looks in envious form in the shortest format.

With the third straight game being played in Guwahati, India will hope that the conditions side more with their spinners and enable them to make a winning impact.

When: India Women vs England Women, 9th March, 11 AM Local Time

Where: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

What to expect: A pleasant day with the weather ranging in the mid 20s. The pitch is expected to be slower and of more help to the spinners.

Team news

India: The home team are likely to stick to the same XI. They could ponder one change if they want to boost their fast bowling stocks. Komal Zanzad then could come in for one of the spinners.

Probable XI: Smriti Mandhana (capt), Harleen Deol, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj, Bharti Fulmali, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav

England: The visitors, chasing a clean sweep, are expected to play the same XI.

Probable XI: Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Lauren Winfield, Laura Marsh, Kate Cross, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Linsey Smith, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole

What they said:

Smriti Mandhana: I think if you look at it, the batters we get in domestic [circuit], they face very different bowling and fielding attack to international cricket. There is a huge gap between international and domestic cricket. That gap needs to be lessened. Our domestic circuit needs to step up. There should be a bit of fearlessness in domestic circuit because if you start playing fearless cricket in domestic, that is the only way you are going to play the same way in international cricket.

Lauren Winfield: We want to play the ball-striking game but we should also be about to play touch game as well which gives us the ability to play on bigger boundaries as well as 65-yard boundaries. Importance of running singles and twos is more. We have worked on both skill and fitness levels in the last two years, good to see come to life.

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