India’s challenge to get an early lead in 3-match series
Australia Women to win this game
The ODI series and the Only Test Match are done and dusted, and the action now moves to the shortest format of the game as Australia Women take on India Women. India Women would take confidence from their good show in the Test and win in the last ODI. It will be interesting to see if Australia Women can keep its dominance over India in home conditions.
Australia Women have enjoyed a good record in the last few months and the side has won eight out of the last 10 T20 games it has played. They would look to carry this forward here. India Women have given tough competition to the hosts in this format and the same would be expected from them here. It is expected to be a close game where none of the sides would make it easy for the other.
Meg Lanning’s side didn’t live up to the expectations in the Test Match. They were favorites to win but played catch-up game all throughout the four days. Lanning would know that Indians would have their confidence high and come hard on them and expect a good show from her players in this game to take an early lead in the 3-match series.
The side would need an electrifying start to this game from Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney with both these players capable of scoring quick runs. They have good strength in the middle order with Lanning, Annabel Sutherland, and Ashleigh Gardner having their range of strokes. Ellyse Perry will have to play a key role down the order along with Nicola Carey and Tahlia McGrath.
On the bowling front, the side would like to see a strong show from Perry and Darcie Brown who had done well during the ODI’s against India. The side would also like to see tight bowling from Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, and Hannah Darlington. With Gardener and Sutherland in the squad, they have a strong attack going into the game.
Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Darcie Brown
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Sophie Molineux, Hannah Darlington, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Tayla Vlaeminck, Tahlia McGrath, Georgia Wareham, Alyssa Healy, Nicola Carey
Harmanpreet Kaur would be happy to find the momentum on their side. They have put up a good challenge against the Aussies in the last two games they have played on this tour. Their batting is looking good, and Kaur would want to take this format. A win in this game would be a big confidence booster for the side.
The opening pair of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma come here with their confidence high, and a good show would be expected from them. The side has a power-packed middle order with Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Sneh Rana in the side. They would also expect big hits from the likes of Richa Ghosh, Pooja Vastrakar, and Shikha Pandey towards the end of the innings.
Pandey and Arundhati Reddy must get early breakthroughs for the side as the Australian side looks in great form with the bat. In the middle overs, Radha Yadav and Sneh Rana would need to keep the hosts quiet. In Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur, they have a good variety in the attack.
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar
Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, Pooja Vastrakar, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||27||0 mm.||5.42 k/h||From: N||75%|
|03h||33||0 mm.||1.83 k/h||From: NW||11%|
|06h||34||0 mm.||2.27 k/h||From: ESE||12%|
|09h||30||0 mm.||2.52 k/h||From: SE||49%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||3.11 k/h||From: NNE||55%|
|15h||19||0 mm.||3.81 k/h||From: N||100%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||3.73 k/h||From: N||74%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||4.67 k/h||From: NNE||45%|
It would be clear skies and a pleasant afternoon at Queensland on October 07 and we expect to see a flat surface as we had seen in the Test Match. There would be some assistance for the bowlers early on during the game. The side batting first here would be happy to put up 150 or more on the board.
Carrara Oval, Queensland does offer some assistance to the bowlers with the new ball, but it is overall a good batting surface, and the small size of the ground allows batters to score boundaries. Fast bowlers have done well here in the past, but spinners tend to struggle as there is little on offer from the surface.
This wicket is known for offer early assistance to the bowlers and in the last few games, we have seen sides chase down scores easily at this venue. Both the captains would have this in their minds and the side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first on this wicket.
We have seen a spirited show from India Women so far on this tour and they have never let the Australians off the hook after their poor show in the first ODI. They have many new players coming in for the T20s and it will be interesting to see how these players fare in the contest. Australia Women have good strength in their batting and bowling departments and playing at home they’d start favorites in the game.
Australia Women to win this game