Match: Australia women vs India woman, 2nd ODI (AUS-W vs IND-W 2nd ODI)
Date: September 24, Friday
Venue: Ray Mitchell Oval, Harrup Park, Mackay
India’s women’s cricket team is currently in Australia to play a three-match ODI series, which will be followed by a Day-Night Test match and a three-match T20I series. After losing a 50-over warm-up game by 36 runs, the tourists began the ODI series on a low, suffering a crushing defeat in the opening game.
Batting first, India Women put up a sub-par total of 225 runs in 50 overs, in which captain Mithali Raj’s half-century stood out. Their bowlers, however, were disappointing as Australia Women chased down the target in 41 overs and with nine wickets remaining. Rachael Haynes missed a fine century by just seven runs, while Alyssa Healy and captain Meg Lanning scored 77 and 53 runs respectively. With an economy rate of 13, Pooja Vastrakar was India’s most expensive bowler, while Sneh Rana picked up the only wicket that fell in the second innings, that of Healy. Earlier in the game, 18-year-old fast bowler Darcie Brown picked up four wickets and also became the youngest Australian to claim four wickets in the 50-over format.
With that win, Australia have now extended their ODI winning streak to 25 matches. The two teams will now meet for the second ODI at the Ray Mitchell Oval, Harrup Park, Mackay on September 24 and the hosts will likely be a tough nut to crack once again.
Weather update and pitch report for AUS-W vs IND-W, 2nd ODI
The pitch seemed balanced in the first ODI, but seamers enjoyed better assistance than the spin bowlers. Chasing is likely going to be the toss-winning captain’s call.
As for the weather update, it is likely going to be sunny all through the day. The temperature is likely to be in the range of 25 to 28 degree Celsius.
Australia Women team news and predicted XI
Team news: Australia Women will be happy with the performance of young pacer Darcie Brown and also with how the top three in the batting order performed. They will now be eyeing a 26th consecutive ODI win.
Predicted XI: Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (C), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington and Darcie Brown.
India Women team news and predicted XI
Team news: India’s performance in both the batting and bowling department was sub-par. Apart from Raj’s half-century, the only other significant contribution came from Yastika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh, both of whom scored in 30s. The bowlers too were off-colour, with just one wicket picked by them in the entire second innings.
Predicted XI: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj (c), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh and Poonam Yadav.
Head to head record:
Australia Women and India Women have played 47 ODI games between them. Australia Women have been dominant throughout, winning 37 games, while India Women have won just nine. In the matches played in Australia, the hosts have won 10 and India three.
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for AUS-W vs IND-W, 2nd ODI
Mithali Raj – Batter, India women
MPL price – 10.5 credits
The Indian skipper scored a knock of 63 runs in the first ODI, which helped the side post 225 runs on the board. When the likes of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana failed, it was Raj’s experience that rescued India. Not only has she been playing ODI cricket for more than two decades, Raj is also the all-time highest run-getter in the format with 7367 runs at an average of over 50, which includes seven centuries and 59 fifties. The 38-year-old was also impressive in India’s last international assignment June, where she scored three consecutive fifties in an ODI series against England away from home. Those numbers make Raj a must-have player in your fantasy cricket team.
Jhulan Goswami – Bowler, India
MPL price – 8.5 credits
The highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, Jhulan Goswami is another player indispensable to your fantasy team. Although the fast bowler went wicketless in the opening ODI, she was the most economical with 3.80 runs in her full spell of 10 overs. The 38-year-old has had a decent run in ODIs in 2021 so far, picking 11 wickets, including a four-wicket haul against South Africa women in March. On a surface that appeared good for the quicks in the first ODI, Goswami is an essential pick for your MPL team.
Meg Lanning – Batter, Australia
MPL price – 10 credits
The Australia captain, one of the best batters from her country, remained unbeaten on 53 in the first ODI and will be looking to continue from where she left. Lanning averages almost 55 in her ODI career and has also hit 14 centuries and 16 fifties. The 29-year-old has been in fine form recently, scoring a half-century in the warm-up against India women, before which she scored a half-century against New Zealand women.
Alyssa Healy – Wicketkeeper batter, Australia
MPL price – 9.5 credits
Healy scored 77 runs in the first ODI, during which she found the boundary 10 times. Like Lanning, Healy too has enjoyed her time in international cricket this year, where she scored 155 runs in three ODIs against New Zealand Women among few other significant knocks. Healy brings with her the experience of playing 80 ODI games for Australia Women, in which she averages 34.55.
Darcie Brown – Bowler, Australia
MPL price – 8.5 credits
The 18-year-old teenager put up a sensational performance in the first ODI, picking up four wickets in nine overs while conceding only 33 runs. This also made her the youngest in Australia’s cricket circuit to pick four wickets in an ODI. Known for her bouncers, Brown has played only three international games so far. But with her performance from the first ODI, she is a good pick for your MPL XI team.
MPL Fantasy XI
AUS-W vs IND-W 2nd ODI – where and what time to watch the match live in India
If you are in India, you can watch the Australia Women vs India Women ODI series on Sony Sports Network. The match will begin at 10.40 AM IST on September 24.
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