India Women set on a final date with hosts Australia!
Australia will win the match!
|New Zealand Women||4||2||2||0||0||4||0.36|
|Sri Lanka Women||4||1||3||0||0||2||-0.404|
Welcome the big ICC WT20 finals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and we are already expecting a record 90,000 fans at the Stadium. This World Cup has gone a full circle with the teams that started off the tournament in the first match coming back against each other in the finals.
India was given a direct entry to the finals against England owing to their better record in the group stages while Australia defeated South Africa in a rain-affected game. This will be the biggest match in women`s cricket history with record viewership and crowd at the stadium.
Hosts Australia will look to win their fifth World Cup at their home ground this time while the Indian team will look to have their hands on maiden T20I title.
India will enter the finals for the first time and will be looking to clinch their maiden trophy. Shefali Verma has been the superstar for the Indian team with the bat scoring runs in all the matches so far. Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma have come up with crucial runs at the different junctures for the team in the middle order.
Skipper Harmanpret Kaur and Smriti Mandana are due for runs and India will hope they will take the center stage in the finals. Indian bowlers have run the show for the team so far with Indian spinners playing a huge role so far. Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, and Rajeshwari Gayawad are amongst the wickets column consistently. Shikha Pandey has been the lone pacer in the playing XI and has 7 wickets at an economy of just 5 RPO.
Shefali Verma – Shefali Verma has been the find of the tournament so far scoring 161 runs at a massive strike rate of 161. She missed out o her maiden World Cup half-century in all the matches and will look to get it in the knockouts.
Radha Yadav – Radha Yadav has played just 2 matches but made her presence straightaway with 5 wickets at an economy of 6 RPO. Her 4/23 catapulted the Sri Lankan team`s collapse in the last match.
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma
Australia was the favorites at the start of the tournament and now is in the finals with India. Beth Mooney (28 runs) and Alyssa Healy (18 runs) gave a good start at the top of the order in the semis. Skipper Meg Lanning (49 runs) build on their good work to take their team to a good total of 134 runs on board. Rachael Haynes and Ashleigh Gardener have come up good contribution whenever the team is in a spot of bother. Experienced Megan Schutt has been their pick of bowlers and showed her worth with a brilliant 2/17 in the semi-finals. Delissa Kimmince, Jess Jonassen, and Sophie Molineaux chipped with a wicket each to strangle South Africa in the chase. Australia will miss All-rounder Ellyse Perry in the finals big time.
Beth Mooney – Beth Mooney has 181 runs at a strike rate of 120 in the T20 World Cup with 2 fifties to her name. She is one of the most consistent players alongside Alyssa Healy in their team.
Megan Schutt – Megan Schutt is the joint leading wicket-taker with 9 scalps to her name. But, Indian openers have bettered her in recent matches and she would like to give it back to them in the big grandest stage.
Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||9.86 k/h||From: NNE||49%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||9.65 k/h||From: NE||95%|
|06h||16||0.13 mm.||10.17 k/h||From: NE||97%|
|09h||17||0.13 mm.||10.08 k/h||From: ENE||70%|
|12h||17||0.13 mm.||10.7 k/h||From: ENE||85%|
|15h||18||0.19 mm.||10.3 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|18h||18||0.12 mm.||8.45 k/h||From: E||100%|
|21h||19||0.25 mm.||8.07 k/h||From: E||71%|
Melbourne is expected to have a good bright and sunny weather that is perfect for the match with no interruptions.
MCG is a good pitch to bat on and there will some assistance for the bowlers with the new ball in hand. Batsmen will need to run a lot of 2s and 3s owing to big size of the ground. We can expect average scores in range of 130-140 runs in this match.
Both teams will look to bat first in big matches and put pressure on the opposition in the chase. Both teams have won all their matches they have batted first this World Cup so far.
Indian team is high on confidence and is the only team to challenge Australia in the T20I matches recently. The Indian team has a good top order and bowling department but lacks contribution from the middle order and will struggle if the pitch is not conductive top spin bowling.
Australia has been the best team over the last 2-3 years but Ellyse Perry`s absence weakens their bowling attack to a bit. Based on the consistency and team`s record over the last few year`s we expect Australia to win the match but never forget India has an equal win ratio over Aussies in the same period.
Australia will win the match!