Last week, India batters collapse in both their innings only to find saviors as Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana played crucial knocks. And the focus, once again, will be on 17-year-old Verma who first scored 96 then followed it up with 63 as India scored 231 and 344/8.
India Women will also hope for better performances from other youngsters like Jemimah Rodrigues and Arundhati Reddy. Then there are the veterans, like Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, who failed to impress in the Test match.
The series will also provide India an opportunity to redeem themselves after a 1-4 series defeat against visiting South Africa earlier this year.
England Women have lost their last ODI match against New Zealand Women by seven wickets in February. But they won the three-match series 2-1.
England, ranked third, are a spot above India.
England have named a strong squad for the series. In Heather Knight, they have a capable leader. And the presence of experienced campaigners like Tammy Beaumont, Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Amy Jones sure gives the team a look of stability. Then there are young guns, like Sophia Dunkley, Freya Davies, Mady Villiers, Sarah Glenn, etc who are ready to prove their worth.
Head-to-head: This is their 72nd meeting. England Women lead the head-to-head record 37-30. There were two abandoned matches at Chester-le-Street in 2002 and at Lord's in 2014, and two no results at Shenley in 2006 and at Hove in 2008.
In the last meeting, England Women beat India Women by two wickets at Mumbai in 2019. That was England's first in four matches. India Women last beat England Women in England in an ODI match (by 37 runs) in 2017.
Match and telecast details
Match: 1st ODI match between England Women and India Women
Date: June 27 (Sunday), 2021
Time: 3:00 PM IST/ 11:00 AM local
Venue: County Ground, Bristol, England
TV Channels: Sony Sports Network
Live Streaming: SonyLIV
India: Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Arundhati Reddy, Puja Vastrakar, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Indrani Roy (wk).
England: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Nat Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones (wk), Freya Davis, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Sarah Glenn, Emily Arlott, Tash Farrant.