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Toss Winner - Australia Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
Australia Women beat New Zealand Women by 5 wickets
New Zealand’s tall ask against Australia in a knockout game
Australia Women to win
Tournament: Commonwealth Games Womens Cricket Competition 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
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It is the first semi-final of the Commonwealth Games Women's Cricket Competition 2022 and Australia Women face New Zealand Women. Australia won all its games during the league stage and comes here with a huge win against Pakistan. New Zealand received a massive blow in their last league match against England Women where they suffered a batting collapse.
Australians have dominated New Zealand over the years and have lost only twice against them in the last ten games. The Aussies are enjoying a dream run for the last 12 months and winning games constantly. New Zealand faces a daunting challenge in this game, and they will cause one of the biggest upsets if they manage to win here and make it to the final.
Meg Lanning’s side has made a confident entry into the semifinal. They won all league games and have improved since the tight contest against India. The side comes here with a 44-run win against Pakistan in another one-sided game. Their batting looks good, and the bowlers have made improvements in the last two games. Lanning would like her players to come up with a clinical performance in this game and reach the final.
Beth Mooney returned to form in the last game, and this is excellent news for the team. She would look to set up a big opening wicket stand with Alyssa Healy. Lanning and Tahlia McGrath add strength to their batting in the middle order. The side would also expect runs from Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, and Grace Harris who are good hitters of the ball.
Darcie Brown and Megan Schutt have done a good job with the new ball, and they would aim for early wickets in this game. McGrath has been a class act so far in the series and she would like to bowl tight spells with Jess Jonassen in the middle overs. Alana King and Gardner complete a strong bowling attack for the team.
Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
Meg Lanning, Grace Harris, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Darcie Brown, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes
Sophie Devine would like her players to come out of the last game's disaster. It was an extremely poor effort with the bat from the team. They could manage only 71 runs against England Women batting first and eventually lost by 7 wickets. Their record against Australia hasn’t been good in the past and the side would need to come up with a good show here.
Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates have struggled in this tournament, and they must deliver a good show here. The middle order must set up partnerships and runs would be expected from the bats of Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, and Brooke Halliday. Their lower middle order isn’t strong, and the likes of Hayley Jensen and Lea Tahuhu will have important roles to play and challenge the Australians.
Their bowlers would face a tough challenge in this game and early wickets from Fran Jonas and Hayley Jensen would put the Aussies under pressure. Devine is an experienced bowler, and she has to lead this attack from the front and do well in the middle overs along with Amelia Kerr. Rosemary Mair and Halliday shall be expected to do well in the supporting role.
Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Izzy Gaze (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair, Fran Jonas
Brooke Halliday, Hannah Rowe, Hayley Jensen, Maddy Green, Izzy Gaze, Lea Tahuhu, Amelia Kerr, Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Fran jonas, Georgia Plimmer
The skies over Birmingham be slightly cloudy on August 6 and we expect the conditions to be great for a T20 game. The batting surface would be flat and batters who get their eyes set in will be able to score runs at this venue. The side that bats first shall look to have 160 runs on the board.
Edgbaston, Birmingham is one of the best venues for batters in England. The ball comes to the bat nicely and allows batters to play their strokes easily. Fast bowlers do well as they can generate pace and movement on this surface. There isn’t turn on offer and hence spinners have to depend on their skills.
It is an afternoon game, and the batting conditions are expected to be best in the first innings. Bowlers would enjoy bowling on this track in the second innings of the game. Hence, we believe the side winning the toss in this game won’t have any hesitation in opting to bat first.
New Zealand Women would have to regain their confidence after the huge setback in the last game. Their batters have been inconsistent, and the side would need them to deliver to challenge the Aussies. The Australians have big match players in the side who can absorb pressure and do well. Their batting line-up is in excellent form, and this would make them favorites to win this game and reach the final.
Australia Women to win
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