Date: March, 19
Time: 6:30 AM
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Mighty Australian Women will lock horns with Indian Women in the 18th clash in the Women’s World Cup. Unbeaten Australia has outplayed every team they played and remain at the top of the World Cup points table. In their last clash, Australia’s fierce bowling attack helped the side to win the game against West Indies Women by 7-wickets. Meanwhile, Indians have invited much trouble in their WC campaign. Consistency is their biggest concern as they lost games against New Zealand and defending champions England Women. The game against Australian Women will be an uphill task for Mithali Raj & Co.
Due to players’ all-around performance, the side remains unbeaten so far in the tournament. Rachael Haynes is a top-quality batter from the side and must be added to the fantasy team. She has amassed 315-runs in four games, including a ton against defending champions. Wicket-keeper batter Alyssa Healy is another top-notch player from the side who should be trusted for her services behind the stumps. She scored 72 against Pakistan Women, which was her only impressive performance so far in the tournament. Perry is a quality all-rounder from the squad, and her 3-wicket haul against West Indies Women helped her side bundled out the opponents at 131-10 in 45.5 overs.
Ashleigh Gardner and Tahlia McGrath are two other all-rounders from the squad who should be added to the fantasy team. Megan Schutt and Alana King must be responsible for leading the bowling attack.
Smriti Mandhana is the leading run-scorer from her side in the tournament. She has scored 216-runs in four games, and her inclusion in the fantasy team is a must. Harmanpreet Kaur is another top-notch batter from the side who has performed exceptionally well. Consistency is a significant concern for most Indian players, but Kaur should be considered while building a fantasy team. Sneh Rana can be trusted in the team as she has been in decent form throughout the tournament. She has added 73-runs and picked 5-wickets in the tournament so far. Pooja Vastrakar is another quality all-rounder from the side who can be trusted for her valuable contribution with bat and bowl. Veteran Jhulan Goswami must be trusted to lead the pace attack along with Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
Probable Playing XI:
Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Alana King, Amanda Wellington, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
Mastika Bhatia, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Wicket-keeper: Richa Ghosh, Alyssa Healy
Batters: Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Beth Monney, Rachel Haynes, Meg Lanning
All-rounders: Ellyse Perry, Sneh Rana, Tahlia McGrath,
Bowlers: Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Megan Schutt, Alana King,
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