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CWG 2022 match 9: AUS-W vs PAK-W T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Australia women vs Pakistan women T20I (AUS-W vs PAK-W)

Date: August 3, 3:30 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

Australia women will take on Pakistan Women in Match 9 of CWG Women’s Cricket 2022. Australia have already qualified for the semi-finals after wins over India and Barbados. Pakistan, on the other hand, are yet to win a game at the CWG 2022, and their chances of making it to the next stage are too little, even if they beat Australia comprehensively.

Australia come into this game on the back of a huge victory over Barbados. The bowlers put up a terrific performance to bowl out Barbados for just 64 runs. Alana King picked up four wickets while Tahlia McGrath and Ashleigh Gardner chipped in with five wickets combined. In the second innings, Australia wrapped up the chase in less than nine overs.

Pakistan, on the other hand, come into this game on the back of a loss against India. Batting first, the Bismah Maroof-led side was bowled out for 99 runs in 18 overs, and the only significant contribution came from opening batter Muneeba Ali (32). Later, their bowlers were unable to defend the target as Smriti Mandhana scored a half century.

Australia will be looking for their third straight win while Pakistan will be looking for their first. Ahead of match 9 of CWG cricket 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for AUS-W vs PAK-W T20I

Edgbaston, Birmingham is an excellent batting pitch. Fast bowlers get plenty of assistance from the surface but spinners do not get enough turn. A total of 14 T20 internationals have been played at this venue in the past, of which 10 matches have been won by the teams batting first.  The average first innings score on this ground is 147, while the average second innings score is 131. The highest total recorded is 221 for 5 while the lowest total recorded is 64 for 10. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first.

The sky is expected to be clear and we are likely to see an uninterrupted game of cricket. The temperature will fluctuate between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Australia women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Australia, the world champions, are the favourites to win the gold medal. They will be high on confidence after winning their first two games and will now be looking to head into the semi-finals on the back of yet another win. Australia have lost only two of their last 12 T20 games and are on a red hot winning streak.

Squad: Alyssa Healy(wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning(c), Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown, Ellyse Perry, Nicola Carey, Amanda Wellington, Annabel Sutherland.

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

Pakistan women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Pakistan’s batting against India was shambolic and that is one area in which they will have to do better if they don’t want to return winless. Pakistan have already been eliminated from the semi-finals, and will now be playing for nothing but pride.

Squad: Bismah Maroof (c), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Tuba Hassan.

Predicted XI: Iram Javed, Muneeba Ali (wk), Omaima Sohail, Bismah Maroof (c), Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Naseem, Kainat Imtiaz, Fatima Sana, Tuba Hassan, Diana Baig, Anam Amin

Head to head record

Australia women and Pakistan women have met each other in 10 T20 matches, all of which have been won by Australia. Pakistan are yet to win over Australia in the game’s shortest format.

Total games – 10

Australia women – 10

Pakistan women – 0

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for AUS-W vs PAK-W

Meg Lanning: batter, Australia

Australian skipper Meg Lanning scored just eight runs in the game against India but found form in the second game against Barbados, where she scored an unbeaten 36. Lanning also did well in the recent T20I series against Ireland, which includes scores of 39* and 74. She is also among the most experienced players in this fixture, having played 122 T20 internationals from which she has a batting average and strike rate of 36.83 and 116.55.

Jess Jonassen – bowler, Australia

Jess Jonassen was terrific in the game against India, where she picked up four wickets in her four overs while conceding 22 runs. Her economy rate of 5.50 was also the best among all the bowlers. In all, Jonassen has picked up 84 wickets in 91 T20Is and is a great pick for your fantasy cricket team.

Beth Mooney – batter, Australia

Beth Mooney has underperformed in both the first two games but is still an important player to have in your fantasy team. Mooney has an impressive average of over 36 in 67 T20Is and a strike rate of over 122.

Bismah Maroof – batter, Pakistan women

Bismah Maroof has scored just 12 and 17 runs in Pakistan’s first two games, but she is the best batter that they have got. She is also the most experienced player in the side, with 117 T20Is under her belt. From those 117 T20Is, Maroof has a batting average of almost 28 and also 36 wickets.

Muneeba Ali – wicketkeeper batter, Pakistan

Wicketkeeper batter Muneeba Ali was Pakistan’s top run scorer against India with a knock of 32 runs. While most of the batters fell for single digit scores, Muneeba put up a good fight against a strong Indian outfit. In all, she has played 31 T20Is, scoring 339 runs at an average of 12.55 and 71.36.

MPL fantasy XI – AUS-W vs PAK-W

AUS-W vs PAK-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Commonwealth Games 2022 will be televised live on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 3.30 PM IST on August 3.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

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. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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