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India Women vs Australia Women is going to be one of the biggest matches of the WorldT20 Group B fixtures but it will have very little context. This is because both India and Australia have qualified for the semi-finals and are unbeaten in this tournament so far.
Both India and Australia have won all three of the matches that they have played and are separated only by net run-rate. This is, however, a WorldT20 and it’s not like this match can be ignored by both the sides either.
The winner of the match will have the advantage of playing the second team to qualify from the other group. There is also a chance that India and Australia may meet each other in the final so getting an early blow in by winning this match could be crucial.
We believe these two teams have been the best in the tournament so far and expect this to be a tough match.
India was not favored to qualify for the semi-finals from a group that also included Australia and New Zealand. As things turned out, India absolutely smashed New Zealand and then did enough to beat the other two minnows in the group.
India qualified for the semi-final in a WorldT20 event for the first time since 2010 and while that may have been their initial goal, they are surely aiming for a victory now.
For India to win, it must bat well against what is potentially the best batting side of the tournament. India experimented with its top-order against New Zealand but has since reverted to sending Mithali Raj to open.
We think India may try something against Australia as well just to throw off their plans a little.
Mithali Raj, though, has scored two fifties in her two innings and is in excellent form. The inning of the tournament so far belongs to Harmanpreet Kaur, who scored a blistering 103 off just 51 deliveries. She is the power hitter in this Indian side and the player that everyone will be wary of.
Kaur prefers to come in around number 5 but could elevate herself if India is chasing a big total.
The one batter that would be disappointed by her returns so far is Smriti Mandhana. She has got starts in a couple of innings without really carrying on and a top-score of 33 does not do justice to her talent.
We feel that Mandhana must bring her A game against a side like Australia. Rodrigues has contributed with a fifty in one game and is in good form too while Veda Krishnamurthy has not had too much to do up until now.
The real match winners, though, in this match are likely to be the bowlers. Poonam Yadav is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 6 wickets and has two more teammates close behind with 5 wickets.
The Australian batting is on a roll and stopping it can be very tough. This is why early wickets, out of the box tactics, and some electric fielding will be needed by India to keep the Aussies down.
Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav.
Australia came into this tournament as the pre-tournament favorite and has lived up to that tag. The Australian women’s side dominated the game like no one else. Anything less than a victory in this WorldT20 is going to be seen as a failure and this is why they would like to keep the winning habit against India going.
The key for Australia in this tournament has been Alyssa Healy. She is the current top-scorer of the tournament with 157 runs. Her opening partnership with Mooney at the top of the order has been very prolific.
Mooney has scored 88 runs in the tournament so far while the other batters have watched Healy destroy opposition attacks pretty much on her own. Meg Lanning also played a good inning of 41 in her two chances at the crease so the Australian top order is in very good form.
The question that pops up with such successful top-orders is what happens when the side loses early wickets?
The middle order has some very good players like Perry, Gardner, Villani, and Haynes but they don’t have too much game time in recent times. If India can pick off the top-3 without incurring too much damage then Australia is going to be seriously tested.
Australia also has a very good bowling attack led by Megan Schutt with 6 wickets to her name. Each and every member of the Aussie bowling unit has contributed in this WorldT20. Molineux, Kimmince, Wareham, and Perry all have three wickets to their name at a very good economy rate.
There is a reason that Australia has dominated the women’s cricket game for so long and that is because they have the deepest talent pool in the world. The players are well drilled and used to playing at a high level of the game.
How they perform under pressure, though, is something that India might want to examine.
Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck.
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India and Australia will be playing each other in Providence where the conditions have been favorable to batting. The pitch is a little slow but the new ball travels well. We think these are two good batting sides and should be able to score with ease.
A score of around 160 should be considered par.
The weather forecast for the match is pretty good and we should have a full game in.
Australia goes into all of its matches as favorites, there is no doubt about that. Its recent record against India is pretty mixed three wins from their last five encounters. All the three wins have come in the last three matches.
Back Australia to win.
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