India Women vs Australia Women: Match

Deadline: February 21 at 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney

Pitch report

During the Australian T20 League, the chasing team won 4 of 5 matches. The pitch, however, was on the slower side, helping the pacers outfox the batsmen with off-cutters.

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Fantasy team

We have opted for a fantasy team on the basis of players’ impact, recent performances, and credit points.

You can also check players’ performances in the last 5 matches. Tap on the players’ images to get the data while making your fantasy team.

Wicketkeepers: Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy

Batsmen: Meg Lanning, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana (c)

All-rounders: Ellyse Perry (vc), Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Harmanpreet Kaur

Bowlers: Megan Schutt

NOTE: Pick your fantasy cricket team wisely.

Power players

In 9 T20Is, Smriti Mandhana has smashed as many as 374 runs at 46.7 including 3 half-centuries against Australia. In the recently concluded tri-series against Australia and England, she finished atop the batting charts: she scored 216 runs with a strike rate of 136.7.

Beth Mooney ranks No. 3 — one place above Mandhana — in ICC T20I Rankings for batters. In the tri-series she managed 8 runs fewer than Mandhana but at a better average of 52. Watch out for the openers!

A destructive batter, smart bowler and remarkable fielder: there’s nothing that Ellyse Perry cannot do on a cricket field, making her the favourite in the world of fantasy cricket.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s 171 against Australia in the semi-final of the 2017 World Cup changed the face of women’s cricket in India. She will have to weave a similar magic if India are to lift their maiden World T20 title. On her day, she can reduce any bowling attack to nothingness.

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Value picks

Poonam Yadav is India’s highest wicket-taker in the format. The leg-spinner has taken 82 wickets at a stunning average of 14.6.

Megan Schutt is ranked No. 1 in ICC T20I Rankings for bowlers. She hasn’t gone wicketless for 23 T20Is.

Given the nature of the pitch, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma — ranked Nos. 3 and 4 respectively — will be handy with their finger spin. Then add Rajeshwari Gayakwad, the highest wicket-taker in the tri-series, to the mix. India have the most lethal spin attack in the tournament.

The onus of scaling up the run rate will be on the captain Meg Lanning, Australia’s highest run-scorer in the format.

Probable XIs

India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Richa Ghosh/Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardener, Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Sophia Molineux

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