The 1st game of the 3-match ODI series between Australia Women and Sri Lanka Women will be hosted by the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
The match starts at 10:10 AM local time (12:10 AM GMT) (5:40 AM IST).
The game will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD in India. Live streaming available on Sony Liv.
Australia Women have not lost an ODI in nearly two years as they face Sri Lanka Women at home in the 3-match ODI series. They have won all 15 ODI matches they played since the start of 2018. This streak includes some huge wins against big sides like England that too in their backyard. Hence, it will be too tough for Sri Lanka to even come close to Aussies at any point of the series.
The T20I series was an example of that which Australia Women won 3-0 with two individual tons pushing them to two 200+ totals when they batted first. Chamari Atapattu’s hundred in the first T20I was the only positive for the visitors throughout the series. They will be hoping to put on an improvised show under their ODI captain Shashikala Siriwardene.
Most part of the Saturday will witness clear skies at the Allan Border Field. There are slight chances of the clouds bringing in a bit of rain later in the evening. However, the game could be done and dusted by that time.
The Allan Border Field has hosted only one Women’s ODI matches in the last 8 years. During the 2017 Women’s Ashes, the visiting England team played here and posted 228 while batting first. The hosts won the game chasing down the target with two wickets in hand. The majority of runs in the chase came in the 2nd half of the innings when run-making seemed to be tough makes the chase even more exceptional.
Average 1st inning score: 228 (Women’s ODIs since 2017)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Alyssa Healy (WK), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (C), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck.
Bench – Heather Graham, Delissa Kimmince.
Sri Lanka Women:
Chamari Atapattu, Anushka Sanjeewani (WK), Yasoda Mendis, Shashikala Siriwardene (C), Harshitha Madavi, Hansima Karunaratne, Nilakshi de Silva, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoka Ranaweera, Inoshi Priyadharshani.
Bench – Dilani Manodara, Ama Kanchana, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari.
Rachael Haynes could come up with a big knock after a tough Caribbean tour with the bat. Her success could leave less time for Meg Lanning at the crease. Chamari Atapattu will be a risky pick but among the Sri Lankan team, only she and Shashikala Siriwardene are bankable options for fantasy cricket. The Australian bowling attack is expected to share the 10 wickets.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Chamari Atapattu
Vice-Captain – Megan Schutt, Shashikala Siriwardene, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen
A quick 30-40 and a couple of dismissals behind the stumps is assured from Alyssa Healy in the recent past. She could be seen scoring a big knock more than often in the last 12 months or so.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy (C)
Batters – Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning, Harshitha Madavi
All-Rounders – Chamari Atapattu (VC), Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Shashikala Siriwardene
Bowlers – Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck, Oshadi Ranasinghe
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy
Batters – Rachael Haynes (VC), Meg Lanning, Nilakshi de Silva
All-Rounders – Ellyse Perry (C), Shashikala Siriwardene
Bowlers – Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck, Oshadi Ranasinghe
It will be interesting what combination the Australia Women will come up with especially in the bowling department. Georgia Wareham (8.5 credits) is easily fitted but Megan Schutt’s 9.5 credits might make it tough. If both Nicole Carey and Tayla Vlaeminck of 8 credits play this match, Schutt can be somehow fitted. We might not see Sri Lankan Women taking many wickets in the series and hence four Australia bowlers will be justified.
Australia Women, in all probability, will register a huge win to go 1-0 up.
*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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