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India’s middle-order Mess is being pieced Together

Pooja Vastrakar is keeping busy in Bristol, where she is making her ODI comeback. Even with Mithali Raj batting in her 50s at the other end, she’s eager to take on the burden of upping the ante at death.

Vastrakar No Time In Slamming A Friendly Short Ball

Mithali Raj, who is in her 50s, is equally eager to take on the burden of trying to up the ante at death. Vastrakar takes no time slamming a friendly short ball outside off to the midwicket barrier to open her account when Natalie Sciver throws down a pleasant short ball outside off.

Much Anticipated Entry Of Shafali Verma’s

Vastrakar’s fast cameo and departure, which lasted only 17 deliveries and 15 runs, spoke of the purpose that had been missing for most of India’s innings after Shafali Verma’s much-anticipated entry into ODI cricket was cut short by a Katherine Brunt bouncer in the fifth over.

181 Deliveries In Dots

On a solid batting surface, India chewed through 181 deliveries in dots-or 30.1 overs as they crawled their way to safety, to a below-par 201/8 from their allotted overs. England smashed it in just 209 balls, without breaking a sweat. India’s run rate was regularly below 3.5 until the 40th over of their innings, whereas England’s was rarely below five during the chase. The difference between the hosts’ and visitors’ tactics could not be starker: the former is proactive in creating run-scoring possibilities, while the latter is content to just bide their time in their quest for survival.

Designated Sheet Anchor Raj

In India’s quest for better batting depth, Raj, the team’s designated sheet-anchor, has recently been dropped to no.4, at times5, despite scoring more than half her career runs at no. 3. Raut beat out the competition for the vacancy generated by his consistency in domestics. It’s usually the speed with which she collects them that draws attention to her side spot.

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