The 3rd and final game of the 3-match T20 series between Australia A Women and India A Women will be played at the Bill Pippen Oval in Gold Coast.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (12:00 AM GMT) (5:30 AM IST).
India A Women suffered their 4th successive loss on their tour of Australia as the Australia A Women clinched the 3-match T20 series by taking a 2-0 lead. The visiting team bowlers did well to restrict the Australia A to 145/7 after losing the toss. No player barring skipper Veda Krishnamurthy crossed 20 in the chase for India A. Veda scored 38 off 35 balls out of her team’s total of 108/8. The Indian team is missing consistency with the bat which they showed in the first match of the tour and it remains the only game they won in this tour thus far.
The Bill Pippen Oval in Goal Coast is expected to be under the clouds on Monday but no rain is predicted during match timings.
The Bill Pippen Oval has hardly witnessed big totals and the Saturday’s match was one of them. Australia A Women’s total of 145 in the 2nd T20 is among the biggest totals witnessed by this venue in Women’s Twenty20 matches. We might not see any major changes to the nature of the pitch at this venue for the last match. However, it could be doctored to produced are high scores as possible.
Average 1st inning score: 120 (Women’s T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 3
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Australia A Women:
Elyse Villani, Tahlia McGrath, Josie Dooley, Bridget Patterson, Erin Burns, Annabel Sutherland, Heather Graham, Maitlan Brown, Molly Strano, Sammy Jo Johnson, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
Bench – Phoebe Litchfield, Belinda Vakarewa.
India A Women:
Yastika Bhatia, Shafali Verma, Priya Punia, Devika Vaidya, Veda Krishnamurthy (C), D Hemalatha, Nuzhat Parween (WK), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Tanusree Sarkar, Mansi Joshi.
Bench – Sushma Verma, Renuka Singh, Manali Dakshini, T P Kanwar.
Molly Strano is in great form with the ball as she claimed two wickets apiece in this series. She took 3-fers in the last two matches of the One-Day series. Sammy Jo Johnson, who scored an unbeaten 24-ball 48 in the first game, took two wickets in the last match and also scored 24 runs. Tanusree Sarkar was in good form with the ball in the Emerging tournaments. She will be hoping to make a mark on Monday by picking a couple of wickets. Arundhati Reddy has been making valuable runs on this tour. She scored 45 in the last One-Day where India A top-order collapsed. She scored 31 runs in this T20 series without getting out and also claimed two wickets in the last match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Tahlia McGrath, Shafali Verma, Elyse Villani
Vice-Captain – Veda Krishnamurthy, Annabel Sutherland, Anuja Patil
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Nuzhat Parween
Batters – Elyse Villani, Veda Krishnamurthy (VC), Shafali Verma, Bridget Patterson
All-Rounders – Tahlia McGrath (C), Heather Graham, Annabel Sutherland
Bowlers – Sammy Jo Johnson, Molly Strano, Arundhati Reddy
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Nuzhat Parween
Batters – Shafali Verma (C), Veda Krishnamurthy, Elyse Villani (VC)
All-Rounders – Tanusree Sarkar, Tahlia McGrath, Heather Graham, Annabel Sutherland
Bowlers – Molly Strano, Maitlan Brown, Arundhati Reddy
Shafali Verma can’t be ignored from the fantasy team due to the recent failures. Her century in the first One-Day match is proof of her class that came against a strong Australia A bowling attack. She showed glimpses of her talent in the following matches but just couldn’t convert. With not much pressure in the last game, Shafali could produce a big knock and sign off the tour in style.
India A Women is expected to finish the tour with a win.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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