4th over: England 14-0 (Lamb 10, Beaumont 4) An eventful over from Meghna Singh. A leading edge from Beaumont falls short of point; then Lamb times a boundary through backward square leg and is beaten outside off stump.
3rd over: England 8-0 (Lamb 5, Beaumont 3) Beaumont shovels Goswami off the pads for a couple to get off the mark. She has started walking down the track, trying to disrupt Goswami’s length, and gets another run with a work behind square.
2nd over: England 5-0 (Lamb 5, Beaumont 0) Meghna Singh shares the new ball, and her second delivery is a jaffa that swerves past Kamb’s tentative push. India will be encouraged by the early movement, both in the air and off the pitch. But when Singh slips a low full toss onto the pads, Lamb drives pleasantly through mid-on for the first boundary.
1st over: England 1-0 (Lamb 1, Beaumont 0) Jhulan Goswami is into her work immediately, beating Emma Lamb outside off stump with the first ball of the match. She’s a giant of this format – she has 252 ODI wickets, 61 more than anyone else. An excellent opening over includes a big nipbacker that Tammy Beaumont defends.
The teams line up for a minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, followed by the anthems.
It’s a nice morning in Hove. A little brisk, but dry, with a good forecast for the rest of the day.
Alice Capsey makes her ODI debut, but Freya Kemp and Maia Bouchier will have to wait.
England Beaumont, Lamb, Dunkley, Capsey, Wyatt, Jones (c/wk), Davidson-Richards, Ecclestone, Dean, Cross, Wong.
India Mandhana, Verma, Kaur (c), Deol, Bhatia (wk), Sharma, Vastrakar, Rana, Goswami, Gayakwad, Singh.
The Sky Sports pundits are surprised at that decision, as the match is being played on a used pitch and England have two very good spinners.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the first ODI between England and India at Hove. This three-match series is the start of England’s attempt to qualify for the 2025 World Cup in India, and the last of a summer in which they have transitioned almost seamlessly from one generation to the next. With Heather Knight and Nat Sciver unavailable, Tammy Beaumont is the only member of the England squad who played in the World Cup final against India five years ago.
A new-look squad includes Freya Kemp and Alice Capsey, two remarkable teenagers who hope to make their ODI debuts at some stage this week. India are also in transition. Mithali Raj retired earlier in the summer, and the great Jhulan Goswami will do the same after this series. The times they are a-changin’.