The final women’s T20I match of the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be played between India and Australia on August 7 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The match will start at 9.30PM IST.
In the semi-finals, while India beat England by four runs, Australia, on the other hand, defeated New Zealand by five wickets. The winner of this match will win the gold medal, while the loser will settle for the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Taniya Sapna Bhatia, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana
Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Last 5 performances
While India have won four out of their last five matches, Australia, on the other hand, have won all their last five matches.
India and Australia have played 24 T20Is against each other, out of which Australia have won 16, India have won seven, and one match did not produce a result.
Players to watch
The captain of India, who is a right-handed middle order batter has scored one half-century in three innings in which she has batted in this competition. In addition to this, she also has one wicket to her name, bowling right arm off spin. Though she has blown hot and cold in this competition, she is a big match player and is expected to deliver in the finals.
The left-handed opening batter of India is the leading run scorer in this tournament with 152 runs in four matches, including two consecutive half-centuries. She averages 51 and has a stellar strike rate of 156. She has looked in good touch and will be expected to give a good start with the bat.
Renuka Singh Thakur:
The right arm speedster from India is the highest wicket-taker in this tournament so far. In her four outings, she has scalped nine wickets, including a couple of four-wicket hauls. She opens the bowling and is a good new ball bowler, who can swing the ball both ways.
The captain of Australia has scored 55 runs in four matches of this competition, including the best of 36 not out. Though she has not been in the best of forms in this tournament, this right-handed top order batter will be required to shoulder the batting responsibility of her team and lead from the front.
The wily leg spinner from Australia has picked up five wickets in four matches of this tournament. She has scalped one four wicket-haul as well. She has bowled tight lines and lengths and has an economy rate of just over five and a half runs per over.
This talented all-rounder from Australia has made useful contributions with both bat and ball in this tournament so far. The right-handed middle order batter has muscled 126 runs and claimed eight wickets, bowling right arm medium pace. She is the leading run scorer and highest wicket-taker for Australia in this competition.
The venue hosted a couple of semi-finals yesterday. Based on those two matches, the average first innings score is 154 and the average second innings score is 153. The wicket is expected to be batting friendly. A high scoring game is on the cards. On the other hand, among the bowlers, the spinners could play a key role.
The weather is expected to be pleasant with sunshine and some clouds. The maximum temperature forecast is 24 degrees Celsius. There will be 37 percent cloud cover and just four percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the north-west.
Fantasy Playing XI
Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Tahlia McGrath, Alana King, Jess Jonassen, Renuka Singh Thakur
- Harmanpreet Kaur is 17 runs away from completing 2500 T20I runs. She will become the 1st Indian and seventh overall to achieve the feat in women’s T20Is.
- Rajeshwari Gayakwad is 5 wickets away from completing 50 T20I wickets. She will become the 6th Indian to do so.
Date: August 7, 2022
Time: 9.30PM IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Live streaming: Sony LIV app, Sony Sports Network
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