The tri-nation women’s T20 series featuring hosts India, Australia and England was off to a decent start as the Aussie Women extended their winning run against the Indian ladies. A stiff target of 153 was chased down with 11 balls to spare. Australia, yet again thumping their authority on the Asian giants.The next game, Aus-W vs Eng-W T20I will be played on the 23rd of March at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
VENUE: BRABOURNE STADIUM, MUMBAI
Report: The first game of the series yielded more than 300 runs in 38 overs. The pitch is conducive for batting. Change of pace proves to be handy on this turf.
BRABOURNE STADIUM STATS
|Matches won batting first||
|Matches won batting second||
|Average 1st innings score||
|Average 2nd innings score||
|Highest total recorded||
167/3 by IND vs AUS
|Highest score chased||
167/3 by IND vs AUS
AUS-W VS ENG-W HEAD-TO-HEAD IN T20I
Australia surprisingly have lost 16 T20I against England Women in the 28 matches the two teams have played. England here have the upper hand.
Australia would not want to tweak with their 11 after pounding the Indian Women in the first game.
England Women walk into this game after crushing India A Women in two practice games. By 45 runs and 6 wickets respectively. They are likely to field their experienced campaigners.
England Women: Heather Knight(c), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Ellen Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt.
Australia Women: Meg Lanning(c), Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani, Amanda Wellington
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
England Women: Heather Knight(c), Tammy Beaumont, Sophie Ecclestone, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Ellen Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt.
Australia Women: Meg Lanning(c), Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Meg Lanning is the next big thing in women’s cricket. The Aussie skipper is by far the most destructive woman batter. She can smash bowling attacks to smithereens and not even drop a sweat. Her ODI numbers reflect just how massive a player she is.
Lanning didn’t have the best ODI series against India, but she looked at her slaughterous best in the first T20I. The highest ever score in women’s T20I belongs to a certain Meg Lanning. Her 126 came against Ireland in a World T20 match.
Women’s T20I has witnessed only 6 centuries and the most recent hundred getter on the list is Danielle Wyatt. Wyatt’s average in WT20I is a mere 14.93 but the right-handed top order batsmen’s decision to tweak with her technique has yielded good results for her and England.
In the practice game against India A Women, Hyatt scored a quickfire 46 off 25 balls. She’ll be the player to watch out for.
FANTASY TIPS FOR AUS-W vs ENG-W
Meg Lanning is an absolute certainty. Beth Mooney has also been scoring runs recently. At 8.2 credits Mooney will be a smart inclusion.
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Megan Schutt and Anya Shrubsole are default choices for bowlers.
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FAVOURITES FOR THIS GAME?
The Aussie ladies have won 4 out of 4 on their sub-continent tour. England have a better win/loss ratio against Aussies in WT20Is. However, with Meg Lanning completely fit and with the firepower in the Aussie line-up, they are the favourites for this fixture.
Australia’s highest score against the English ladies in the 20-over format is 178. We might just witness a game with heaps of runs at the Brabourne tomorrow.