The final leg of the multi-format series between India and Australia will start from October 7 as the two teams will lock horns against each other in a three-match T20I tournament. Australia are leading with 6 points to India’s 4 points in this multi-format series. With the series being well-balanced both the outfits will have everything to play for over the next four days.
Preview: 1st T20I India Women vs Australia Women
Australia: Meg Lanning, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Nicola Carey, Annabel Sutherland, Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Georgia Redmayne, Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Hannah Darlington, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
India: Renuka Singh Thakur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Yastika Bhatia, Meghna Singh, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Richa Ghosh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav
Players to watch out for
The stylish southpaw is the leading run-getter for India in this series so far. The opening bat has scored 124 runs in the three ODIs and 158 runs in the one off Test. The 25-year old will look to carry her form going into the T20Is.
Her all-round ability has made her one of the most effective players in the Indian side. She is quick with the ball and has some good yorkers and bouncers in her repertoire. With the bat, she can be that hard-hitting finisher for India.
She is one of the best all-rounders in the Australian team. After a forgettable performance in the ODIs, the 30-year old came out strong in the Test, with contributions from bat and ball.
She was the player of the match when India and Australia met last in a T20I and that was during the final of World T20 last year. The right-handed opener is a devastating opener and can tear apart any bowling attack when she is on song.
The weather looks good since there is almost no chance (8%) of rain during the course of the match. The average temperatures are around 20 degrees Celsius with a 95% cloud cover and wind blowing from the northwest.
The match will be played at the same venue as the Test. It is a good wicket to bat on. As the twilight hour kicks in, the lights will help the bowlers to extract something from the wicket. The seamers were more effective in the recently concluded Test picking up 13 wickets, while the spinners accounted for 8 wickets.
Fantasy playing XI
Alyssa Healy, Richa Ghosh, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Smriti Mandhana, Ellyse Perry, Deepti Sharma, Sophie Molineux, Tayla Vlaeminck, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav
Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland
Date: October 7, 2021
Time: 2.10pm IST
Live streaming: Sony LIV, Sony Ten 3 (Hindi), Sony Ten 4 (Tamil)
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