Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 2nd T20I between Australia Women and India Women in Carrara. This is Lavanya Lakshminarayanan and Dhruva Prasad bringing you all the updates from the game.
LIVE: Match begins at 1:40PM IST.
TOSS: Australia has won the toss and will bowl first, both XIs unchanged
India Playing XI: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh, Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh
Australia Playing XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Tayla Vlaeminck
Weather update: Sunny in the Gold Coast today. Let’s hope rain stays away and we get a full game today.
BIG STAT: Ellyse Perry is all set to overtake Alex Blackwell as Australia’s most capped female player
First T20I recap:
Jemimah Rodrigues smashed a stylish 49 off 36 balls before heavens opened up to force the abandonment of the first Women’s T20 International between India and Australia on Thursday.
India scored at a quick clip to reach 131 for 4 in 15.2 overs and was looking good for a total of around 165 plus when heavy rains put paid to the hopes of a complete game.
However, for the Indian team, their positive approach towards batting was a welcome change with Smriti Mandhana (17 off 10 balls) and Shafali Verma (18 off 14 balls) providing a rollicking start.
It was a rare occasion when Australia conceded over 50 runs in the Powerplay overs as Indian batters never lost the tempo although save Jemimah, none of the other top-order players could convert their starts.
Jemimah’s innings had seven boundaries, and she was at the crease with the stocky Richa Ghosh (17 off 13 balls) at the time of disruption.
Australia never got to bat as rain washed out the game with both teams awarded a point each. India needs to win both games remaining to win the series, while Australia needs to register a win in this game to take an unassailable lead.
Quick look at the points table again
HEAD TO HEAD-
Out of the 21 T20Is played between Australia Women and India Women, Australia holds a upper hand and is leading 14-6. The last T20I between the two nations before this series was in the finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup that resulted in India losing by 85 runs.
Do you remember the last time these two teams clashed in a T20? Well, 86,174 people definitely do! Here’s a recap of that T20 World Cup final.
Match preview: Aggressive India looks to keep the momentum going
Bolstered by Jemimah Rodrigues’ return to form, India will look to come out all guns blazing in the second women’s T20 International against Australia on Saturday after rain played spoilsport in the opening game here.
Criticised for her consistent failures and after losing her place in the 50-over set-up, Jemimah made a sensational comeback with an unbeaten 49 off 36 balls in the first T20I.
The 21-year-old continued her impressive showing from ‘The Hundred’ to anchor the Indian innings and her return has added more firepower to the batting line-up which includes the elegant Smriti Mandhana and the young and dashing Shafali Verma at the top-order.
Mandhana and Shafali have been in good form during this tour, having played pivotal roles in the drawn Test and also gave India a rollicking start in the first T20 on Thursday.
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Harmanpreet Kaur also joined the team in the first game after missing the ODI leg and the day/night Test owing to a thumb injury. Her presence makes India a formidable batting unit, which can tear into any opposition.
India didn’t have a good start to the tour as it took some time to adapt to the conditions, losing the first two ODIs but since then, it has dominated the proceedings.
After bringing an end to the Aussies’ three-year world-record streak of 26 wins with a two-wicket victory in the final ODI, India produced a dominating show in the four-day pink ball Test, which was drawn following rain interruptions on the first two days.
On Thursday, India looked set to post a good total on the board as it scored at a quick pace and was 131 for 4 in 15.2 overs before the game was washed out and Harmanpreet and Co. will look to win the next two T20s to end the tour on a high.
The back-to-back games will also be about fine-tuning its skills and regaining touch ahead of next year’s ODI World Cup, especially for Harmanpreet, who missed out on game time due to multiple injury setbacks.
It will also be a big opportunity for the young duo of Yastika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh to shine in the middle order.
In the bowling department, veteran seamer Shikha Pandey will carry the onus of getting early wickets, while the likes of Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh and Pooja Vastrakar, and spinners Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma will also look to do their job.
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Australia, on the other hand, boasts of a number of quality all-rounders in the shorter formats and the host will depend on them to tame the Indians.
Captain Meg Lanning has plenty of options and she will hope the young stars will deliver in the next two matches.
All-rounder Tahlia McGrath, who was impressive in the pink ball Test, conceded 14 runs on debut in the only over she bowled on Thursday and she will be itching to prove a point. Young Hannah Darlington too will look to grab the opportunities.
The host also has plenty of experience in Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Ashleigh Gardner and Beth Mooney to trouble the Indians.
Match starts at 1.40pm IST.
WHERE TO WATCH
You can catch the second T20I between India and Australia on the Sony Sports Network. The match will also be streamed live on the Sony Liv app.