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AUS-W vs IND-W, Final, Commonwealth Games 2022 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Australia Women vs India Women, (AUS-W vs IND-W, Final)

Date: August 7, 2022 – 9:30 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, the Commonwealth Games will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sports Network. Watch the final between Australia and India women on Sony Six and Six HD. You can also stream the match live on Sony LIV application.

Australia Women vs India Women, Final: 

Australia Women and India Women are set to lock horns in the final of the women’s T20 competition in Commonwealth Games 2022. The two teams will fight in this 2020 T20 World Cup final rematch, for the coveted Gold medal when they meet at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday. 

India pulled off an incredible victory over the home side England in the semi-final, winning by just four runs to reach the Gold medal match. Batting first, Smriti Mandhana played a blistering knock of 32-ball 61 while Jemimah Rodrigues scored an unbeaten 44 off 31 as they posted 164/5 on the board. 

England were ahead in the run-chase for the majority, with Danni Wyatt scoring 35 off 27 followed by a 54-run stand between Nat Sciver and Any Jones. But India pulled things back with tight bowling and fielding, an area where they usually crumble under pressure, running out three England batters. Sneh Rana defended 14 runs off the last over, ending with figures of 2/28. 

Australia’s route to the final hasn’t been as dominant as they would’ve liked but they remain undefeated. After topping Group A, they defeated New Zealand in the second semi-final by five wickets. Megan Schutt was excellent with the ball, picking 3 for 20 in four overs while Tahlia McGrath claimed 2 for 30 to restrict New Zealand to 144/7. Australia were in a bit of a bother but Beth Mooney (36 off 29) and McGrath (34 off 23) put them ahead with a 56-run partnership. Rachael Haynes and Ashleigh Gardner then did the rest. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for AUS-W vs IND-W, Final 

The Edgbaston in Birmingham used hybrid pitches in the group stage of this tournament but have gone for natural cricket decks for the final stages. Expect a good score here in the final as was the case in two semifinals, with India posting 164 and New Zealand scoring 144 while batting first.

The weather in Birmingham is expected to be clear on Sunday evening with only a 5% chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 12-16°C. 

Australia Women – Expected XI and Team News 

Australia have a settled playing XI, with Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes and Grace Harris forming the batting line-up. Gardner and McGrath double up as bowling options along with Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Darcie Brown and Alana King. 

Probable XI – Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Darcie Brown, Alana King, Megan Schutt

India Women – Expected XI and Team News 

India made one change to their playing XI for the semi-final, swapping in wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia for Yastika Bhatia. The batting unit looks very good with the likes of Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues. India have seven bowling options in the side. They’re unlikely to make any changes for the big final. 

Probable XI – Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh, Radha Yadav

Head to head record of AUS-W vs IND-W

Total Encounters – 24

Australia Women Won – 17

India Women Won – 6

No Result – 1

Australia lead the last five encounters by 4-0.

Final: Five players to watch out for in the AUS-W vs IND-W match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Smriti Mandhana: Batter, India 

Smriti Mandhana broke her own record for the fastest T20I fifty for India, smashing it off just 23 balls against England in the semi-final. Earlier in the tournament, She scored an unbeaten 63 off 42 balls against Pakistan. The left hand opener has a fantastic overall record, with 2186 runs at an average of 27 and strike rate of 122, including 16 fifties. 

Tahlia McGrath: All-rounder, Australia 

Tahlia McGrath has continued her ascension to the top tier cricketers with impact performances in the ongoing tournament. She has picked eight wickets in the last three games while also smashing 78 off 51 against Pakistan. She was superb in the semi-final, picking 2 for 30 and then scoring 34 off 23. McGrath averages 123 in T20I cricket from seven innings while striking at 155.

Jemimah Rodrigues: Batter, India

Jemimah Rodrigues was left out of the Indian team not too long ago but she has yet again shown her value with back to back crucial performances in the ongoing tournament. She scored 56* off 46 against Barbados and followed it up with a 31-ball 44* against England. Overall, Jemimah has 1240 runs in 57 T20Is at an average of nearly 30.   

Megan Schutt: Bowler, Australia 

Megan Schutt was at her best in the semi-final as she snared 3 for 20 in four overs. The right arm pacer has an outstanding record in T20 internationals, with 106 wickets from 83 matches at an economy of 6.04 and strike rate of 15.5. Schutt has claimed three four-wicket hauls in the format. 

Renuka Singh: Bowler, India 

The last time Renuka Singh met Australia, she destroyed their top four with excellent new ball bowling, snaring 4 for 18. The 26yr right arm pacer then picked 4 for 10 in four overs against Barbados. She was taken apart in the semi-final but if there’s any movement on offer in the final, expect Renuka to exploit it. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

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