With India and Australia facing each other in the final, who will you pick in your Dream11 team?
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, 2020
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Sunday, 08 March 2020
6.00 PM Local Time, 7.00 AM GMT, 12.30 PM IST
Just like the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 started with India and Australia kicking things off in Sydney, the tournament is all set to end on Sunday with the same two teams facing off in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
It has been a great tournament so far. Over the course of the last 16 days, many teams and individual players have stood out. Both India and Australia have earned their places in the final with top-quality showings with both bat and ball.
The abandonment of India's semi-final against England saw them go through to the final, based on points accrued in the group stage. Australia edged past South Africa in their semi-final match and reached their sixth final of the seven T20 World Cups that have been played.
In the first match of the tournament, India bested Australia, with Poonam Yadav’s googlies helping them run through the host team's batting lineup. The Australian women will be looking to avenge that loss and lift their fifth T20 World Cup title.
It will be new territory for India, who will be making their first final appearance, and would want to make the best of the opportunity they get. They will be confident going into the match, considering that they have defeated Australia in three out of the last five T20Is they have played.
There is no rain expected in Melbourne on Sunday, although there is cloud cover forecast for the initial part of the game. We can expect a full match here.
We can expect a good batting track at the MCG. The team batting first should aim for around 170 to make a contest of the game.
Probable Playing XIs
Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav.
Bench – Harleen Deol, Richa Ghosh, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.
Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
Bench – Erin Burns, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland.
Shafali Verma is the number one pick from the Indian batting lineup. She has consistently been increasing her scores in all the games she has played. She can be backed to get India off to a flying start in the Powerplay.
Jemimah Rodrigues is another batting pick to consider for India. She has been quite solid in the middle order. Smriti Mandhana could be expected to do well in the final, as she has a tendency to deliver the goods in crunch games. In the final of the tri-nation series against Australia, Mandhana had scored 66.
As an all-rounder, the best option is Deepti Sharma. She is solid with the bat, and her off-breaks could also help gain breakthroughs. With the ball, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey and Radha Yadav are the top picks. Poonam’s leg spin and googlies could turn out to be a huge threat for the Australian batters.
For Australia, openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney are going to be vital. Both Healy and Mooney have been in top form and have been consistent with their run-scoring. Though Mooney is the more reliable batting choice, if Healy gets going, then she could get a big score.
Jess Jonassen was instrumental in the finals of the T20I tri-series with a five-wicket haul. She could be brought in early to trouble the Indian batsmen once again, and is the top all-round option to consider.
Megan Schutt has been good with the ball for Australia all through the tournament. However, the Indian batters have been able to manoeuvre her bowling with relative ease. Delissa Kimmince and Georgia Wareham, if they get in the final XI, will be other alternative options from the Australian bowling lineup.
Captaincy and vice-captaincy options
Captain – Shafali Verma, Poonam Yadav, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen
Vice-captain – Deepti Sharma, Smriti Mandhana, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning
Keeper - Taniya Bhatia, Alyssa Healy
Batsmen – Smriti Mandhana (c), Shafali Verma, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning
All-rounders – Deepti Sharma, Jess Jonassen (vc)
Bowlers – Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Delissa Kimmince
NOTE: These selections are only a reflection of what we believe will be the actual lineups playing the match. All necessary changes will need to be made based on the playing 11 of both teams after the toss.
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