India women vs England women: Heather Knight eyes two ODI championship points in final game after losing series

The defending World Champions, England, led by Heather Knight are currently placed seventh with 10 points from 11 games while India are placed second with 16 points from 14 games.

Press Trust of India, Feb 27, 2019 16:45:08 IST

Mumbai: Having already conceded the three-match ODI series to India, England captain Heather Knight is now focussed on at least bagging two crucial points from the third and final game against the hosts to be played on Thursday.

The series is a part of the ICC Women's Championship where the winning team earns two points from a match.

India women vs England women: Heather Knight eyes two ODI championship points in final game after losing series

File image of Heather Knight. Image credit: Twitter/@englandcricket

The defending World Champions are currently placed seventh with 10 points from 11 games while India are placed second with 16 points from 14 games.

"It's a really important game. (ICC) Championship points are on the line. First of all it's about clearing your mind. Forget what has gone and try to learn as much as possible and try to move forward," Knight said at the pre-match conference.

"It's been a tough tour for us so far but we still have lot to play for and it is still a long way to go. It's little bit about character (now), how we respond to what's gone and how we fight little-bit hard and give better performances than what we have done so far," Knight told reporters when asked how the team would approach the game.

England are missing the services of young all-rounder Sophie Ecclestone after she was ruled out of the entire India tour owing to a fractured hand.

"She (Sophie) has really emerged as one of the leading spinners for us in the last few years. She has been outstanding. Unfortunately, she picked up an injury. She is badly injured and it would keep her out for four-five weeks," Knight said.

England has been troubled by Indian medium pacers veteran Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey, who have been lethal upfront. Asked whether she was surprised by their performance, Knight, a prolific batter herself, replied in the negative.

"No, we know they were very good seam bowlers. They have performed well against us in the past. Jhulan when she finishes will go down as one of the best players and probably the best seamer they (India) have (ever) had.

"We had prepared for them coming in and are not surprised with how they bowled. We have probably not played them as well as we potentially could have. It's now moving forward and trying to come up with plan for them," Knight said.

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Updated Date: Feb 27, 2019 16:45:08 IST






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3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
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