Australia Women vs India Women, 1st T20 Match Prediction2020-02-22
Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Man of the Match: Poonam Yadav
The big mental challenge for India Women against Australia Women!
Australia Women to win this game!
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The ICC Women T20 World Cup 2020 kicks off with a big clash. Hosts Australia Women would be taking India Women in the first game at the Sydney Showground Stadium. The hosts had recently won against the Indians in the tri-series at home and this will give them a lot of confidence going into this game. They had also won their warm-up game comfortably.
The Indian team, on the other hand, is packed with young talent and they will look to meet fire with fire and a win here will set the ball rolling for the side. India Women have lost the last three out of four games they have played against the Aussie girls in Australia and this is likely to play in their minds. Their main weapon spin bowling isn’t likely to offer them the kind of edge as it does in the sub-continent. But both the sides have very strong batting-lines and this will make the game interesting given the pitch and weather is likely to offer some advantage to the fast bowlers.
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Meg Lanning’s side would go into this game with full confidence. They had recently won the tri-series that involved India Women and their key players are looking in good form ahead of the game. As defending champions, the side will be looking for a perfect start in the tournament. They are playing at home and would have the crowds cheering for them.
Openers Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy hold key for the side’s success. Both these players have displayed good form in the recent games. In the middle order, the side has good hitters of the ball in Ashleigh Gardner, Lanning and Ellyse Perry. Annabel Sutherland and Rachael Haynes will be looking to make good use of the long handle in the final overs of the game.
Their bowlers have done well in the recent game including the warm-up match. Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry would be eying early breakthroughs in the game against the strong top-order that India has. Jess Jonassen is bowling superbly and along with Tayla Vlaeminck and Nicola Carey shall look to support their main bowlers.
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Molly Strano, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Rachael Haynes
Harmanpreet Kaur’s side has a big challenge up its sleeves as they play the defending champions is the first game of the tournament. They had recently lost in the finals of the tri-series against the hosts and would have to better their game to win this one. It will require the team to show its character against the challenge that the Aussies are likely to come up with. The side would bank on its openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana to provide them with a solid start in the game.
India does well when its openers are in good form. Jemimah Rodrigues and Kaur will need to steer the middle order against a quality bowling attack. Richa Ghosh, Tanya Bhatia, Deepti Sharma and Arundhati Reddy need to play a strong hand down the order for the side to put up a big score on the board.
Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma will need to pick early wickets with the new ball as the Australia top order is in good form and they can’t be allowed to build a strong platform. Rajeshwari Gayakwad has been in good form over the past few months and all eyes would be on her to trouble the Aussie girls. Radha Yadav and Reddy will need to keep their lines tight during the middle overs.
Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Jemimah Rodrigues, Arundhati Reddy, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||26||0.25 mm.||0.45 k/h||From: SSE||96%|
|03h||26||0.13 mm.||3.65 k/h||From: SE||100%|
|06h||24||0.19 mm.||4.73 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|09h||20||0.31 mm.||4.01 k/h||From: SE||86%|
|12h||19||1.31 mm.||3.47 k/h||From: SE||91%|
|15h||18||0.88 mm.||3.43 k/h||From: SSE||91%|
|18h||18||0.63 mm.||3.22 k/h||From: SSE||87%|
|21h||18||1.00 mm.||2.63 k/h||From: SE||100%|
The weather predictions for February 21 at Sydney isn’t encouraging as the conditions would be overcast with chances of rains. The pitch would be a good one though where ball would come into the bat nicely. But the cloud cover would offer good assistance to the fast bowlers and create doubts in the minds of the batters. Any score upward of 150 runs would be difficult to chase on this surface.
Sydney Showground Stadium has seen big scores being put up on the board during the recent BBL games. The ball hits the bat hard making it easy for the batters to play their strokes. Fast bowlers also get good assistance from the surface when the ball is new. It is a sporting wicket where both batsmen and bowlers have earned their rewards.
There are chances of shower during the game and the overcast conditions would make it difficult for the batters. In a rain curtailed game the side chasing the score always has an advantage and hence we believe the side that wins the toss is most likely to opt for bowling first on this track.
It is the first game of the tournament and there would be pressure on both the camps to perform. Australia Women with their recent victories against the Indian side would be very confident at the moment.
The Indian team can’t be counted out completely in this game as they have a very strong batting line-up. It is, however, the Australian bowling that gives the hosts edge going into this game.
With the crowds cheering for them Australia Women would definitely start as favorites in the first game.
Australia Women to win this game!
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