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Mandhana and Vaidya are substitutes for India in the West Indies’ one-change batting order


Toss West Indies choose to bat against India.

After choosing to bat against England in their initial match, West Indies captain Hayley Matthews decided to do so once more. Offspinner Karishma Ramharack was substituted for left-arm all-rounder Zaida James, who gave up 22 runs in her two overs in the defeat to England.

Smriti Mandhana, India’s vice captain, returned after recuperating from a finger injury she sustained during warm-ups that forced her to miss their opening match against Pakistan. Yastika Bhatia was replaced by Mandhana, and India also substituted legspinner Devika Vaidya for Harleen Deol, who doesn’t bowl as frequently.

India also intended to bat first, according to captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who will one day play with Matthews for the Mumbai Indians after chasing down a score against Pakistan three days prior.

Strong gusts of 45 to 60 km/h blow across the Newlands, and the temperature was a little lower than it had been in the previous days. The straight down one was around 71 meters, and the square bounds are nearly comparable at 60–61 meters. The pitch still had large snake-like markings, but Ian Bishop and WV Raman predicted it would be dry and helpful to spinners when they reported on the pitch.

India: 1 Shafali Verma, 2 Smriti Mandhana, 3 Jemimah Rodrigues, 4 Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), 5 Richa Ghosh (wk), 6 Devika Vaidya, 7 Deepti Sharma, 8 Pooja Vastrakar, 9 Radha Yadav, 10 Rajeshwari Gayakwad, 11 Renuka Thakur

West Indies: 1 Hayley Matthews (capt), 2 Stafanie Taylor, 3 Shemaine Campbelle, 4 Shabika Gajnabi, 5 Chinelle Henry, 6 Chedean Nation, 7 Afy Fletcher, 8 Shamilia Connell, 9 Rashada Williams (wk), 10 Shakera Selman, 11 Karishma Ramharack

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