Indian women will lock horns against England women in a three-match T20 International series in Guwahati from Monday. The Indian team is doing well in the One-Day International format but they found it hard to translate their success in the shortest format of the game. Recently, they reached the knockout stage of Women’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean but couldn’t proceed further.
However, the hopes and expectations are high this time around as India is fresh from beating the England women in the three-match ODI series. The hosts won the first two matches and clinched the series but lost the last game, which was a dead-rubber.
Smriti Mandhana will lead India women in T20I series in absence of Harmanpreet Kaur, who is nursing her ankle injury and missed the ODI series as well.
Look at all the key stats of this three-match series;
3-11 – India Women won only three of the 14 T20Is they played against England Women. India defeated England in their first ever T20I in 2006, once during the 2010 home T20I series and in last year’s Triangular T20I series in Mumbai.
4 – India Women lost each of their previous four T20I matches starting from the semi-final in the last year’s WT20 against England Women. Before this losing streak, India Women won seven T20Is in a row and remained undefeated in nine consecutive T20Is.
5 – Number of T20I matches that India Women have played without Harmanpreet Kaur in the playing XI thus far. Harmanpreet made her T20I debut in the 3rd match of India Women in this format. She missed the game against Pakistan in WT20 2014 and also two matches in the home T20I series against Sri Lanka in 2016.
22y 229d – At the age of 22 years and 229 days, Smriti Mandhana will become youngest T20I captain of India Women on Monday. The youngest Woman to lead an Indian team in the T20Is before Smriti is Harmanpreet Kaur (23y 237d).
In fact, Mandhana will be the youngest Indian skipper ever in the T20I format (Men/Women) as the previous youngest was Suresh Raina (23y 197d). She is set to be the 5th T20I captain of the India Women’s team and the 11th Indian T20I captain across Men and Women’s cricket.
46.25 – Mandhana has scored 185 runs in five T20I innings against England Women at an average of 46.25 and struck two fifties. Across all three International formats, Smriti scored 788 runs against England in 17 innings at an average of 52.33 with nine fifties.
949 – Runs Natalie Sciver has scored in her T20I career thus far. She needs 51 more runs for becoming the 5th England player to score 1000 runs in Women’s T20I cricket.
50 – Danielle Wyatt (46) and Natalie Sciver (45) need four and five wickets respectively to complete 50 T20I wickets. Both the players could be the first set of players with the all-round double of 1000+ runs and 50+ wickets in the T20I format.