It will be Australia Women vs India Women Final for deciding the winners of the Australia Tri-Nation Women's T20 Series.
Australia Women will win the match!
It will be Australia Women vs India Women Final at the Junction Oval on February 12 for deciding the winners of the Australia Tri-Nation Women's T20 Series. Initially, England was being seen as one of the finalists.
However, India Women produced a stunning performance to take down Australia Women on Saturday while chasing an imposing target of 174. It was a solid batting performance where the top and middle-order came through for India at the right time. Courtesy that win, India Women stormed into the finals.
Meanwhile, Australia Women beat England Women by 16 runs on Sunday to make their entry into the final and knocking England off. It will thus be interesting to see how things fare in this exciting final clash. Australia will, of course, have the home advantage. However, another solid batting performance from India may see them surprising the home side.
Australia Women are a good all-round unit and have shown their class in this series. Their batting unit has been in good form with different players making their mark at crucial points. Opener Beth Mooney's composed 50 on a difficult pitch against England turned out to be a match-changing one. Then, Ashleigh Gardner's terrific 93 against India in a lost cause was one of the knocks of the tournament. However, opener Alyssa Healy's lack of form is a concern for the team.
Even captain Meg Lanning (50 runs in 3 matches) hasn't got going and would be hoping to make an impact in the final. All-rounder Ellyse Perry (90 runs in 4 matches) hasn't done much this series too would be itching to reserving her best for the final game.
Australia's bowling has plenty of variety. Ellyse Perry has been very good with her seam bowling and has picked up 6 wickets in the series so far at an economy of just 5.14. Tayla Vlaeminck, who has picked up 5 wickets in 2 matches, can be another game-changer for Australia in this match. The other bowlers to watch out fir will be Megan Schutt and the dependable Jess Jonassen.
Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Sophie Molineux, Jess Jonassen, Nicola Carey, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Nicola Carey, Tayla Vlaeminck, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Annabel Sutherland, Alyssa Healy
India Women will take heart from their last match against Australia and will be hoping to replicate that performance. Young opener Shafali Verma finally got her chance to shine with a stunning 49 off 28 in the last match. Smriti Mandhana's 55 would also have been a great morale-booster for the team. With the openers finding their form, India suddenly looks dangerous. With the likes of Jemimah Rodrigues, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma to follow, they can really dent any bowling attack.
The Indian batting unit hasn't had a great time in this series but the way they all came together in the last match would have given them great confidence. Their bowling has mainly revolved around their three spinners - Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Radha Yadav. The trio has taken a combined 17 wickets in this series and if they can produce a good show in the final they can be the match-winners for India. Another bowler to watch out for will be seamer Shikha Pandey.
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Shafali Verma
Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Taniya Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||24||0.44 mm.||6.05 k/h||From: SE||61%|
|03h||24||0.44 mm.||5.71 k/h||From: SSE||65%|
|06h||23||0.44 mm.||3.43 k/h||From: SSW||36%|
|09h||22||0.25 mm.||2.12 k/h||From: SSW||38%|
|12h||22||0 mm.||2.21 k/h||From: S||47%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||3.1 k/h||From: SSE||41%|
|18h||24||0 mm.||8.07 k/h||From: SE||37%|
|21h||24||0 mm.||9.17 k/h||From: SE||0%|
The Junction Oval in Melbourne has proven to be a good T20 wicket in this series. When batters have spent time, they have made it count and scored big. However, seamers have found purchase on the wicket and even spinners have dominated the middle stages. The weather for the day of the match at Melbourne is expected to be cloudy and pleasant.
The Junction Oval in Melbourne is generally a slow surface and the average total while batting first here is 142. However, as was seen in the game between Australia Women and India Women in this series, it can be good for batting too. India chased down a target of 174 with relative ease. For the final, a total of 160 while batting first might prove to be a match-winning one.
Since it’s the final, the team winning the toss would be looking to bat first and put on a big total on the board.
Australia Women will start as favourites for the final even though they lost their previous game against India. They are the home side and will certainly enjoy the advantage. Moreover, they have all bases covered and have plenty of match-winners in their ranks. India Women are slowly finding their top rhythm it feels.
Their batting order came together in the last match and their bowling can be threatening on its day if the spinners click. We can expect a close encounter and the game could well go down the wire. India Women may end up surprising Australia. However, on current form, their overall strength and the home advantage, expect Australia Women to clinch the final.
Australia Women will win the match!