Man of the Match: Heather Knight
Host Australia keen to draw first blood against England at Canberra!
Australia Women to register comfortable win!
Australia will be looking to start their home season on a positive note when they take on England Women in the 2nd game of 2020 Australia’s women Tri-Nation series to be played at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday. Last year, Australia delivered splendid performances to win six T20 games on the bounce. Captain Meg Lanning will be hoping that the side can deliver a decent show performance in their opening fixture against England.
On the other hand, England Skipper Heather Knight will be hoping that the side can make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game. In the opening game, England women suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of India Women.
The home side will be looking to field their full-strength side for the game against England. Uncapped players like Annabel Sutherland and Erin Burns have earned their call-ups to the national side for the T20I series. Nicola Carey and Sophie Molineux also make their comebacks after fully recovering from injuries.
In the batting department, the onus will be the top-order trio of Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning to do the bulk of the scoring. Since Jan 2019, wicket-keeper batsman Alyssa Healy has been standout performer with the bat in the T20 format. She has accumulated 372 runs in 9 innings at an average of 53.14 with one century to his name. Healy will be keen to continue her rich vein of form in this tri-nation series.
Besides Healy, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning have consistently delivered runs for the side in the T20 format. Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner will be given the task to score quick runs at the back end of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham and Jess Jonassen to make crucial breakthroughs in this contest. Since Jan 2019, medium-pacer Megan Schutt has topped the bowling charts for Australia women in the T20 format. She has claimed 14 wickets in 9 matches at an economy rate of 6.15.
Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen/ Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Erin Burns.
Meg Lanning, Georgia Wareham, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Rachael Haynes
Heather Knight-led unit will be desperate to make a comeback in the tri-nation series. Skipper Heather Knight splendid display with bat and ball was a huge positive from the previous game.The opening pair of Amy Ellen Jones and Danielle Wyatt perished for low scores to see England get off to a worse possible start.
Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver put on a 29-run partnership to rebuild the innings. Sciver failed to capitalize on her good and perished after scoring a fluent 20 off 18 balls with the help of four boundaries. Fran Wilson also failed to make an impression with the bat to see England women in deep trouble at 59 for 4 after 10 overs.
Captain Heather Knight was the standout performer with the bat in the previous game. She played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 67 runs off 44 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. Knight put on a 69-run partnership with Tammy Beaumont to help England women post a decent score on the board. Tammy Beaumont also played a supporting role to Heather Knight and chipped in with 37 runs off 27 balls with the help of four fours and one six.
In the bowling department, the likes of Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver and Sarah Glenn conceded a lot of runs. Sophie Ecclestone and Heather Knight bowled well and claimed one wicket.
Heather Knight (captain), Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Katherine Brunt, Fran Wilson, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn
Sarah Glenn, Danielle Wyatt, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Winfield, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Freya Davies, Katherine Brunt
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||43||0 mm.||5.27 k/h||From: WNW||27%|
|03h||43||0 mm.||5.97 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|06h||41||0 mm.||5.57 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|09h||32||0 mm.||1.89 k/h||From: W||7%|
|12h||26||0 mm.||2.02 k/h||From: SW||5%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||0.81 k/h||From: SW||6%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||0.9 k/h||From: W||3%|
|21h||25||0 mm.||0.96 k/h||From: NW||0%|
Traditionally, the surface at Manuka Oval is expected to be on the slower side. The batsmen will need to work hard for their runs. The weather condition for the game to be played on Saturday is expected to be hot with no sign of rain.
Manuka Oval in Canberra is going to host the second T20I game between Australia women and England women. Australia have a poor record at this venue in the T20 format. On the other hand, England women will take heart from the fact that they won four games out of five played against Australia at this venue.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and make early use of the freshly prepared wicket. The last game was won the side batting first.
Based on recent performances, Australia Women will be outright favorites to win their game against England Women. With likes of Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning in excellent form, Australia will be keen to deliver a clinical performance with the bat in this game.
Australia Women to register comfortable win!