India women to host England in three-match ODI series


first_imgIndia women will be hosting England for a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series in March, BCCI announced on Monday.The ODI series will be played after the after the T20 International tri-series, featuring India, England and Australia.The BCCI announced that it has reached a bilateral agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the issue.Prior to the T20I series, India will host Australia in a three-match ODI series in Vadodara.The matches will be part of ICC Women’s Championship (2017-2020) and will be held between March 12 and March 18.Earlier this year, India played England twice in the Women’s World Cup, which was held in England in June-July.India began the tournament against hosts England and ended it against the same opponent in the final, where they failed to go over the line.India had a perfect start to the World Cup as they completely outdid hosts England in all departments and won their opener by 35 runs.The top three of the Indian batting line-up, Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, all scored above 50 to steer India to a big total of 281.In reply, England captain Heather Knight and Fran Wilson put forth some resistance with 46 and 81 runs respectively but fell short of partners and were unable to guide their team to a victory.However, in the final, India lost by a mere nine runs against the hosts despite a brilliant spell by veteran Jhulan Goswami and it was a heartbreak for the whole nation.advertisementIndia performed their hearts out in the final but it was England’s Anya Shrubsole whose magical spell took the winners’ trophy away.The most interesting quality of the Indian team that came out through the World Cup was that different players stepped up for the team on different days and that’s exactly what made it a team effort.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

French Open 2019: Stuttering Osaka braced for tough match against Victoria Azarenka


first_imgNaomi Osaka expects Thursday’s French Open second-round meeting with a resurgent Victoria Azarenka to be her toughest challenge this year as the world number one struggles to find the form that won her the last two in January Grand Slam titles.Osaka has had a series of inconsistent results amid mounting pressure since she followed up her U.S. Open success with the Australian Open title and was a bundle of nerves during her opening match in Paris on Tuesday.The Japanese lost the first set tamely before fighting back to overcome Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 0-6, 7-6(4), 6-1, but is well aware that former world number one Azarenka could punish her for another slow start.”She’s been playing really well recently,” Osaka said of the Belarusian, who is showing signs of returning to her best following the birth of her son Leo in 2016 and an ensuing custody battle with her former partner.Osaka eased to a straight-sets victory when the pair met in Rome last year, but the 21-year-old does not foresee another one-sided contest.”There is no way that it’s going to be a similar match to the one I played her in Rome last year,” Osaka said. “So I’m expecting one of the hardest matches of the year.”Azarenka beat former champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 7-6(4) to advance to her third career meeting with Osaka.”It’s going to be exciting. I had some good wins in the last couple weeks against top 10 players, so I feel that I’m ready to play against top players,” Azarenka said.advertisementIn other matches on the main show courts, Serena Williams takes on Japan’s Kurumi Nara while men’s top seed Novak Djokovic meets Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland.Defending champion Simona Halep faces Magda Linette of Poland.Also Read | French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes outAlso Read | French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaAlso Seelast_img read more