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AUS-W vs IND-W, 3rd ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks 

Match: Australia Women vs India Women, (AUS-W vs IND-W, 3rd ODI) 

Date: September 26, 2021 – 5:35 AM IST 

Venue: Harrup Park, Mackay, Queensland 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Australia Women vs India Women series is being covered by Sony Pictures Network in India. The third One-Day International between the two sides will be telecasted live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD at 5:35 AM IST. You can also stream the match on the online streaming platform, Sony Liv. 

AUS-W vs IND-W, 3rd ODI – What to expect: 

Australia have started the multi-format series well, leading by 4 points to none. India Women will take on the hosts in the third ODI match at Harrup Park, Mackay in Queensland on Sunday (September 26). 

Australia Women pulled off a spectacular victory in the second match, chasing down 275 with five wickets remaining. The hosts were 52/4 at one stage with a mammoth task ahead of them. But Beth Mooney’s sensational 125*, Tahlia McGrath’s 74 and Nicola Carey’s 39* helped Australia Women to keep their winning streak alive. They scored 13 runs off the last over in a nail-biting finish to register their 26th consecutive win in the fifty-over format. India Women have lost eight matches in their last 10 ODIs and would be distraught after losing from such a dominant position in the previous game. 

Pitch Report of AUS-W vs IND-W, 3rd ODI 

The Harrup Park Country Club in Mackay, Queensland has only hosted two international fifty-over matches, both of which coming in this series. Seven T20 matches were held here in Women’s Big Bash League back in 2018-19, where the surface offered help for both batters and bowlers. The pitch looked very good for batting with little help for the bowlers in the first two ODIs of the ongoing series. The scores in the two games read 225/8, 227/1, 274/7 and 275/5. 

Australia Women – Expected XI and Team News 

Australia Women did not have the services of Rachael Haynes in the second ODI due to a blow on her elbow during training. She’s likely to return for the third match. Georgia Wareham was injured during the second game and is likely to miss this one, with someone like Annabel Sutherland coming in. There’s a possibility they could rest Darcie Brown for one of Stella Campbell or Maitlan Brown. 

Probable XI – Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (captain), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Annabel Sutherland, Tahlia McGrath, Hannah Darlington, Darcie Brown 

India Women – Expected XI and Team News 

India’s Harmanpreet Kaur missed the first two ODIs due to a thumb injury and her availability for the third game is also uncertain. Expect a couple of changes with India desperate for a victory. Jemimah Rodrigues could get a chance in this match ahead of Yastika Bhatia. 

Probable XI – Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Mithali Raj (captain), Jemimah Rodrigues/Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav

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

Australia Women have had a strong hold over India in this rivalry. They’ve played 48 ODI matches against each other, with Australia winning 39 times while India Women claiming only 9. The last five meetings have been won by Australia.

Australia Women – 39

India Women – 9

3rd ODI: Five players to watch out for in the Australia Women vs India Women match 

Here we take a look at the key players to watch out for in the third ODI match: 

Smriti Mandhana: Batter, India (Credit – 9.5)

India’s opening batter is one of the best limited players in the world and has done an extraordinary job for India. Smriti Mandhana has 2355 runs in 61 ODIs at an average of 42 while striking at 85. She has four hundreds and 19 fifties to her credit in this format, with the best of 135. The left hand batter is coming off a terrific knock in the second game, scoring 86 off 94. 

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

Alyssa Healy is arguably the best opening batter going around in limited overs cricket. She has a superb record for Australia in the fifty-over format and is the only player to have 2000+ runs at a strike rate of over 100. She has three hundreds and 13 fifties to her name in ODI cricket. Healy has smashed 547 runs in her last 10 innings at an astonishing average of 61 and strike rate of 108. 

Meg Lanning: Batter, Australia (Credit – 10) 

The Megastar is amongst the most consistent players in women’s cricket. Meg Lanning has an enviable record in ODI cricket, having scored 3984 runs in 81 ODIs at an incredible career average of 54 while striking at 93. The Australian skipper has a great conversion rate, scoring 14 hundreds and 16 fifties, with the best of 152*. Lanning scored 53 off 69 in the first game of the series. 

Beth Mooney: Batter, Australia (Credit – 9) 

Beth Mooney is one of those gritty characters in Australian cricket, who has done exceedingly well in different roles. Mooney offers great versatility to the side and has terrific numbers in the fifty-over format. She has scored 1295 runs in 38 innings at an average of 43 and strike rate of 83. Mooney is coming fresh off a magnificent 125* off 133 to pull off an unbelievable win. 

Mithali Raj: Batter, India (Credit – 10.5) 

India’s veteran batter has made an immense contribution to Indian women’s cricket for two decades. Mithali Raj owns the record for being the highest run-getter in the format with 7375 runs in 198 innings at a superb average of 52. She has scored seven centuries and 59 fifties in her ODI career. Raj has been in great form, scoring five consecutive fifties before the second ODI of the series, including 63 in the first 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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