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Indian woman’s eye quick start from Shafali against England (preview, 1st ODI)

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Bristol, June 26 (IANS) Opens Shafali Verma, whose two-and-a-half centuries helped the Indian women’s cricket team pull out a draw in last week’s one-on-one Test against England, will once again be all eyes down when she takes the pitch for her ODI. debut in the first game in a series of three matches against the hosts, starting here on Sunday.

The Indian women’s team has posed a strong challenge to England’s women’s team in ODI in recent times. Between 2010 and 2019, they have won 10 and lost 12 of the 22 matches played between the two sides.

India’s overall record against England is also decent with 30 wins against 37 losses.

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But in England they have suffered. Out of 29 matches, Indian women have lost 22 and won only five to cope with an eerie 0.227 win-loss ratio.

India needs a strong start to get to a big score or chase a total. For that, they need Shafali to go out.

Skipper Mithali Raj said team management will let Shafali play her natural game and if she falls, the experienced middle order will take over to carry out the repair work.

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–IANS

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