Australia Women continue to dominate the hosts as they thumped England Women by 93 runs in the first T20I game. Meg Lanning’s record unbeaten knock of 133 is now the highest individual score in Women’s T20I history. Her innings helped Australia Women to put on their highest T20I total of 226/3. England were limited to only 133/9 and suffered their maiden defeat at the County Ground in Chelmsford.
England Women featured in six T20Is and eight ODIs at this venue prior to this defeat and won in all 14 of them. The first T20I exposed quite a lot of loop-holes in the England line-up. The hosts lacked proper planning with the ball and let Lanning dominate the game. Their openers can’t be trusted when the movement is available as they bagged ducks failing to cop against Elysse Perry’s opening spell.
The 2nd game of the 3-match Women’s Ashes T20I series between England Women and Australia Women will be hosted by the County Ground in Hove.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (1:00 PM GMT) (6:30 PM IST). The game will be live on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India. Live streaming available on Sony Liv.
Last five completed T20I matches:
England Women: L, W, W, W, W.
Australia Women: W, W, W, L, W.
The County Ground in Hove has ideal conditions for T20 games. The venue offers a bit of movement early on and the turn as the game progresses. The short boundaries available here make it difficult to defend totals. The teams batting first wouldn’t compromise for anything less than 160.
Average 1st inning score: 147 (KSL matches since 2017)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Amy Jones (WK), Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Lauren Winfield, Heather Knight (C), Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross, Laura Marsh, Sophie Ecclestone.
Bench – Georgia Elwiss, Fran Wilson, Mady Villiers.
Alyssa Healy (WK), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
Bench – Nicole Bolton, Tayla Vlaeminck, Nicola Carey, Elyse Villani.
(Will be added when there is an update)
Meg Lanning in T20Is against England since 2016: 133*, 28*, 88*, 41*, 55
Lanning has scored 290 runs without getting dismissed across four T20I innings since 2018 against England Women.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Ashleigh Gardner
Vice-Captain Options – Tammy Beaumont, Megan Schutt, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Molineux, Kate Cross
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy
Batters – Meg Lanning (C), Tammy Beaumont, Beth Mooney, Lauren Winfield
All-Rounders – Ashleigh Gardner, Natalie Sciver (VC), Katherine Brunt
Bowlers – Sophie Molineux, Megan Schutt, Sophie Ecclestone
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Amy Jones, Alyssa Healy (C)
Batters – Beth Mooney, Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt (VC)
All-Rounders – Natalie Sciver, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner
Bowlers – Sophie Molineux, Sophie Ecclestone, Delissa Kimmince
Ellyse Perry might dictate the terms in ODIs, Tests and Big Bash League but not in the T20Is. One of the reasons for this is her batting position which is why she is not a mandatory pick. Perry usually finds her walking out to bat in the last five overs. Her USP in T20Is is swinging in the new cherry which she has done successfully in the first T20I. Bowling on a track that witnessed 626 runs scored across 50 overs, Perry troubled the English top-order.
Australia Women are expected to earn one more win and seal the T20I series as well.
*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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