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Toss Winner - Australia Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
Australia Women beat India Women by 5 wickets
India’s challenge to bring Aussie roaring engine to a halt
Australia Women to win this game
Tournament: India Women tour of Australia, 2021 | Format: ODI | Venue: Harrup Park, Mackay, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
As hosts Australia Women take on India Women in the 2nd ODI of the 3-match series they would be aiming to settle the series in two straight games. Australians registered a convincing 9-wicket win in the last as their batters toyed with the Indian bowlers. They never allowed the Indians to put them under pressure and this is expected to make it a herculean challenge for the Indians.
Australia Women is having a dream run in this format and the side has won the last 25 games in a row which is a new record in this format. The side has dominated its opponents in the last four years. It would be interesting to see if the Indians can bring this juggernaut to a halt and level the series in this game.
Meg Lanning’s side is adding more jewels to its crown and the 25th consecutive ODI win would have surely been special. It was a dominating show from the hosts, and they would aim to continue with the same momentum here. Lanning would know that the Indians would be under this pressure and aim to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes put up a century stand in the last game and the pair would be eager to provide a good start here. Lanning played well for her fifty and strengthens the middle order with Beth Mooney and Ellyse Perry. Ashleigh Gardner and Tahlia McGrath are powerful hitters of the ball and can score quick runs in the game.
Darcie Brown bowled extremely well in the last game, and she would look to deliver early wickets in the company of Perry. Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, and Hannah Darlington troubled the Indians with their tight spells in the last game and the same would be expected from them here. Gardner adds to the bowling options for her skipper.
Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Darcie Brown
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Sophie Molineux, Hannah Darlington, Darcie Brown, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Georgia Wareham, Alyssa Healy, Nicola Carey
Mithali Raj’s side didn’t play poorly in the last game, but they were blown away by a superb performance from the Australians. The hosts are enjoying a dream run and the Indian side would come up with a special show to win here. Raj would like to see more aggressive performance from her batters and tight spells from her bowlers in this game.
The opening pair of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma need to offer an electrifying start as they would need a big score to defeat the hosts. Yastika Bhatia and Raj scored runs in the middle, but they need to work on their strike rate which was poor in the last game. The side has good depth with Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh and Pooja Vastrakar to follow in batting.
On the bowling front, Jhulan Goswami and Meghna Singh did well with the new ball, but the side would expect wickets from them in this game. Vastrakar was expensive and she will need to bowl in the right areas. The side would need Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, and Sneh Raina to trouble the Australians with their spin bowling.
Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav
Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Meghna Singh
The skies would be mostly clear over Mackay on September 24 with the afternoon temperatures expected to be hot. There would be some assistance for the bowlers early on during the game and batters would have to get used to the conditions to do well. A score of 260 runs or more would be a good total on this surface.
Harrup Park, Mackay is a small ground with a slow outfield thanks to the thick grass cover. The wicket aids the fast bowlers early on in the game but batters who get themselves set have done well at this venue. Spinners find it tough to bowl on this track as there isn’t much assistance for them.
There was early movement on offer for the bowlers in the last game played here and the conditions eased as the game progresses. This is something both the skippers would take note of during the toss and the one winning it shall have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
India Women would be under pressure to win this game and level the series. Their performance in the last game was way behind the Australians and they would have to come up with improvements in both the departments of the game. Australia Women has all its bases covered with the batters and bowlers looking in sublime form and this would make them favorites to win this game.
Australia Women to win this game
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