Man of the Match: Sophie Molineux
Australia need a win to qualify for the finals!
Australia to win this match and enter the finals!
India`s win in the last match against Australia wide opened the Tri-series with every team still contention for the finals. Australia team must win this match to go to the finals of the tri-series while a loss would cause them to bow out of the tri-series.
England, on the other hand, is placed comfortably at the top of the table with 4 points but still is not qualified for the finals. They will qualify directly taking India to the finals if they manage to win. They still have a chance to qualify if they manage to lose by close margin finishing with an NRR higher than India. Indian team too will be watching this match closely as they have a chance to qualify if England manages to win or lose by a big margin of runs or overs remaining. This match promises to be cracking contest with a spot in the finale in stakes.
Australia team has an impressive record in the T20is for the last 4-5 years and their last T20I series loss came in 2016/17 against New Zealand. Australia posted a massive total of 173 runs on board with the help of Ashleigh Gardener`s 93 runs. Ashleigh Gardener smashed 93 runs off just 57 balls and skipper Meg Lanning played a vital hand with 37 runs off 22 balls. Australia scored just 35 runs off last 5 overs after both Gardener and Lanning were dismissed in a quick time.
Their bowling unit was shocked by the aggressive approach of the Indian team and leaked runs consistently to lose the match in the final over. Nicola Carey, Mehan Schutt, and Ellse Perry chipped in with a wicket each but were not able to stop the run flow and pressurize the opposition effectively.
Ashleigh Gardner - Gardener smashed a superb 93 runs off 57 balls but unfortunately missed her century. She shared 50+ partnerships with Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning to take their team to a good total of 173 runs.
Ellyse Perry - Perry has been one of the finest all-rounders in the women's circuit and she has 80 runs and 6 wickets in this series so far. Her all-around prowess was on full display in their first match against India this series.
Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Sophie Molineux, Jess Jonassen, Nicola Carey, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Tayla Vlaeminck, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy
England team is on a roll after winning back-to-back matches against India and Australia in this series. Nat Sciver`s fifty helped the team to chase down a total of 124 runs from a precarious position of 28/3 last night against India.
Heather Knight followed her super over winning performance against Australia with vital contributions with bat and ball in the last match too. Anya Shribsole and Katherine Brunt kept chipping away with wickets in middle overs and claimed a combined tally of 5 wickets in the match. Nat Sciver, Freya Davies, and Heather Knight failed to take a wicket but kept he pressure with dot balls and had combined bowling figures of 9-0-46-0 in the match.
Heather Knight: Knight has scored 163 runs this series at a strike rate of 150 with 17 boundaries and 5 sixes so far. We expect her to come up with another impressive performance in this match.
Natalie Sciver: Sciver has come up with crucial contributions with bat and ball for the team. She has 74 runs and 4 wickets this series and her fighting fifty took England home in the tricky chase against India.
Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Natalie Sciver, Lauren Winfield, Fran Wilson, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Davies
Sarah Glenn, Danielle Wyatt, Lauren Winfield, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0 mm.||5.75 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|03h||18||0 mm.||5.76 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|06h||18||0 mm.||5.29 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|09h||19||0 mm.||5.12 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||6.71 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|15h||20||0 mm.||7.71 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||6.99 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|21h||21||0 mm.||7.12 k/h||From: ENE||33%|
Junction Oval has been a good batting pitch and both teams scored over 170+ runs and we can expect another high scoring contest here. But, a used pitch may cause some slowness and help the slower bowlers.
Melbourne has a breezy and slight cloudy weather with 20% chances of rain. But, we don`t expect rain to play any spoilsport in this match.
Teams batting second has won all the matches barring the super over loss this series and both teams will look to chase down the total if they manage to win this match.
Australia has been rocked by a couple of losses in this series but never count out a team that has mind-boggling records for the last 2-3 years with almost no losses. Australia will expect their star players to stand up and perform well to take them to the finals.
England is upbeat after their win against India and Australia recently. They will look to win this match and knock Australia out of the Tri-series.
We expect Australia to win this match owing to their consistency and home conditions to their advantage but well expect England to give a big fight to the Aussies.
Australia to win this match and enter the finals!