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AUS-W vs IND-W, 2nd T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks 

Match: Australia Women vs India Women, (AUS-W vs IND-W, 2nd T20I)

Date: October 9, 2021 – 1:40 PM IST

Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, you can witness all the live action from the second T20 international between Australia Women and India Women live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD from 1:40 PM IST. You can also catch the contest live on Sony Liv application – an online streaming platform. 

AUS-W vs IND-W, 2nd T20I – What to expect: 

With the first T20 international getting washed out, the multi-format series still remains in Australia’s favour with a 7-5 points lead. The two teams will meet again in two days’ time in the second match at Carrara Oval on Saturday, October 9. 

In the first T20I game of the series, Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Indian batters were fantastic, showing great intent throughout the innings. Jemimah Rodrigues’ unbeaten 49 and quick cameos from others had taken India to 131/4 in 15.2 overs and were looking set for a big total. But the rain started pouring in and the match was called off, with both the teams sharing a point each. Australia Women have seven points to their credit, including two ODI victories and a Test draw while India Women have five points, having won an ODI.

Pitch Report of AUS-W vs IND-W, 2nd T20I 

Carrara Oval in Queensland is usually a good batting surface. The average first innings score in the 12 domestic T20 matches played here stands at 159. The Metricon Stadium has hosted only two international T20s, one of which was also rain-curtailed. The first game of this series had a belter of a batting wicket. The weather forecast looks pretty clear for the matchday, with the temperature around 28°. 

Australia Women – Expected XI and Team News 

Australia Women are without the services of their key players in Megan Schutt, Rachael Haynes and Jess Jonassen. Tahlia McGrath and Hannah Darlington made their T20I debuts in the first game. The fast bowler Tyla Vlaeminck returned back to the side but if they decide to look after her workload, one of Darcie Brown and Stella Campbell could receive a chance. 

Probable XI – Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (captain), Ellyse Perry, Ash Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Tyla Vlaeminck/Darcie Brown 

India Women – Expected XI and Team News 

India Women welcomed their skipper Harmanpreet Kaur back after missing out in the other two formats on this tour. Jemimah Rodrigues received her first opportunity on the tour. Yastika Bhatia and Renuka Singh made their T20I debuts while Richa Ghosh returned to take the gloves. They are expected to be unchanged. 

Probable XI – Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Yastika Bhatia, Pooja Vastrakar, Shikha Pandey, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 

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

The historical head to head record between these two teams is in favour of Australia Women. They’ve played each other in 21 T20 matches, where Australia have won 14 with 6 victories to India’s credit. In the last five clashes, both the teams have won two games each. 

Australia Women – 14 

India Women – 6 

No Result – 1 

2nd T20I: Five players to watch out for in the Australia Women vs India Women match 

Here we take a look at five players to watch out for in the second T20 international: 

Smriti Mandhana: Batter, India (Credit – 10)

One of the most gifted batters in women’s cricket, Smriti Mandhana has been outstanding at the top of the order. She has outstanding numbers in T20I cricket, having scored 1918 runs in 80 innings at an average of 26 while striking at 121. Mandhana has scored 13 half centuries in T20Is, with the best of 86. In her last 10 T20I innings, Smriti has scored 241 runs at 27 average while striking at outstanding rate of 143. 

Alyssa Healy: Wicketkeeper Batter, Australia (Credit – 9.5)

Alyssa Healy is one of the most feared batters in the women’s game. The right hand opening batter has a fantastic record in international T20s, having scored 2121 runs in 103 innings averaging 25 while scoring at a brisk rate of 130. Healy has smashed one hundred and 12 fifties in international T20s, including the best of 148*. Healy had smashed 75 off 39 in the her last T20 innings against India in WC final. 

Jemimah Rodrigues: Batter, India (Credit – 9)

The 21yr old Jemimah Rodrigues has emerged as one of the most exciting batters in the women’s game. She has scored over 1000 runs in 41 innings at an average of 28 while striking at 112. Rodrigues was sublime in the recent Women’s Hundred competition, where she hammered 249 runs in seven innings averaging 41.5 at an incredible strike rate of 151. She was excellent in the first game, scoring 49* off 36 before the rain halted the match. 

Beth Mooney: Batter, Australia (Credit – 10)

Beth Mooney is one of the most consistent batters in world cricket. The left handed opening batter has a magnificent record in international T20s, having scored 1554 runs in 55 innings at an average of 36 and strike rate of 122. She has two hundreds and 10 fifties to her name at this level. She has scored 268 runs the last 10 innings at 38 average and 121 strike rate. 

Ashleigh Gardner: All-rounder, Australia (Credit – 9)

Ashleigh Gardner is one of the most improved players in the women’s game. She has become an important part of the Australian set-up, adding value in both departments. Gardner has very good numbers in international T20s with 813 runs to her name at an average of 24 and strike rate of 131. Gardner is a more than handy offspinner and has 25 wickets at an economy of under 7. She picked 2 for 28 in the first rain-affected game. 

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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