IND-W vs ENG-W: 1st T20I Preview – India women begin their T20 World Cup preparations

The first T20I of the England women’s tour of India is set to take place on Wednesday, December 6, at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In their most recent encounter, India and England clashed during the group stage of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 in South Africa which the Women in Blue lost by 11 runs.

Looking at their T20I records, the two teams have met 27 times, with India women securing victory in seven matches and England women dominating with 20 wins. India’s latest T20I series unfolded against Bangladesh in July 2023, resulting in a 2-1 triumph for the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side. Meanwhile, England’s recent T20I series was against Sri Lanka, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for the English team. As they prepare to face each other once again, both squads will be eager to make a mark in the upcoming contest at Wankhede.

Wankhede Stadium Pitch Report

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai typically offers flat wickets and generally aids the chasing teams. The venue provides great entertainment when it is a T20 game. 160 is the average first innings score on the Wankhede surface.

Probable Playing XI


Under Harmanpreet Kaur’s captaincy, India Women have been playing fearless cricket in recent times. Since Wankhede mostly favours batters, Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Richa Ghosh will be able to showcase their batting prowess.

Probable XI: Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Amanjot Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Kanika Ahuja, Pooja Vastrakar, Shreyanka Patil, Richa Ghosh (wk), Yastika Bhatia (wk)


England will also come up with a strong lineup when they cross swords with the Indian team. Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver-Brunt, Alice Kapsey, and Sophia Dunkley can put up a strong attack over the home side.

Probable XI: Danni Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Maia Bouchier, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Charlie Dean, Danielle Gibson, Natalie Sciver-Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones (wk), Bess Heath (wk)