The 3rd and final game of the 3-match T20I series between Australia Women and Sri Lanka Women will be hosted by the North Sydney Oval in Sydney.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (4:00 AM GMT) (9:30 AM IST).
The game will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD in India. Live streaming available on Sony Liv.
It seems as if Australia Women are at a different level when it comes to Women’s cricket. Even a top side like England couldn’t do much in the Ashes series it at home this year. It was obvious that Sri Lanka Women would struggle to match the level of Australia. The first T20I saw Chamari Atapattu’s century without which the visitors were well behind the hosts in that game.
In the second match, Chamari got out cheaply and her side struggled to even reach the 100-run mark. The target of 85 runs was too less for them as they chased it down in 9.4 overs. Erin Burns scored an unbeaten 18-ball 30 in her maiden International innings. Openers Beth Mooney (28*) and Alyssa Healy (21) also contributed to easy run-chase.
The final T20I of the series is unlikely to get affected by the weather as sunny weather is expected on Wednesday morning.
The North Sydney Oval is a much better venue for batting compared to what Sri Lanka Women did in the previous match. We might see another 200+ total if Australia bats first on a new track.
Average 1st inning score: 156 (Women’s Twenty20s since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Alyssa Healy (WK), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (C), Erin Burns, Ashleigh Gardner/Nicola Carey, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck.
Bench – Heather Graham, Delissa Kimmince, Ashleigh Gardner/Nicola Carey.
Sri Lanka Women:
Chamari Atapattu (C), Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Harshitha Madavi, Shashikala Siriwardene, Yasoda Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Ama Kanchana, Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoshi Priyadharshani.
Bench – Dilani Manodara, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari.
Given the performances in this series, Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney can be the first names in the fantasy team. Megan Schutt and Georgia Wareham are consistent with the ball. Shashikala Siriwardene will be hoping to make a mark with her all-round ability.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Chamari Atapattu
Vice-Captain – Megan Schutt, Shashikala Siriwardene, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen
Alyssa Healy will be a safe option as captain or vice-captain due to her consistency in the shorter formats.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy (C)
Batters – Erin Burns, Beth Mooney, Harshitha Madavi
All-Rounders – Chamari Atapattu, Ellyse Perry (C), Shashikala Siriwardene
Bowlers – Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck, Udeshika Prabodhani
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy
Batters – Meg Lanning (C), Erin Burns, Nilakshi de Silva
All-Rounders – Ashleigh Gardner (VC), Hansima Karunaratne, Jess Jonassen, Shashikala Siriwardene
Bowlers – Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham, Oshadi Ranasinghe
Jess Jonassen hasn’t got much scope to perform in this series. The final T20I could give her that chance. Erin Burns could continue to bat in top four and Meg Lanning might come at No.3 if the Aussies bat first. Ashleigh Gardner is expected to return to the playing XI.
Australia Women are expected to complete yet another T20I whitewash.
*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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