Australia Women vs India Women Match Prediction, ICC WT20 World Cup
The opening game of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 will see defending champions and hosts Australia take on India. This Group A clash is scheduled to be played on February 21 at the Sydney Showground Stadium. Live telecast of this match will begin at 7 PM local time.
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There is a slight chance of rain interfering with the proceedings and so the DLS equation might come into play which generally tends to favor the side batting second. So the toss-winning team in this T20 World Cup opener is more likely to bowl first.
Some cloud cover is expected on Friday evening and there is also a possibility of play getting interrupted at some point due to rain. However, the rain is unlikely to be so heavy as to cause a washout. Temperatures are expected to be around 21-22 degrees Celsius during the match.
The Sydney Showground Stadium hosted five matches in the recently concluded Big Bash League and only one of them was a high-scoring affair where both the teams scored over 160. So the pitch does not seem to be a batting beauty and it should offer something for both batsmen as well as bowlers.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Australia Women vs India Women, ICC WT20 World Cup 2020.
AUS Women Team News & Playing 11
AUSW Team News
For this T20 World Cup, Australia have named the same 15-member squad that played the recent T20I tri-nation series involving England and India. Annabel Sutherland has retained her place in the squad owing to some impressive performances at the domestic level. The Meg Lanning-led Australian squad also features seasoned campaigners Sophie Molineux, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes and Megan Schutt. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney are the two specialist wicketkeepers in the team.
AUSW Key Players
Meg Lanning: The Australian captain is the team's leading run-scorer in the T20 format. She has two hundreds and 13 half-centuries under her belt and will look to make an impact with the bat early in the tournament.
Ellyse Perry: She is unarguably the best all-rounder in Women's T20I cricket. Perry has four fifties to her name and has taken 113 wickets - the most by an Australian player. She even notched up seven wickets in the five matches in the recent tri-series.
Megan Schutt: She is currently the number one ranked bowler in the ICC Women's T20I bowling rankings. The fast bowler has taken 76 wickets in 61 matches at an economy of 5.94 and took a wicket in each of the five matches in the tri-series.
AUSW Recent Form
Australia have been showing imperious form in the game's shortest format - they have won each of their previous eight T20I series and tournaments including the 2018 Women's World T20 held in the West Indies. The Aussies finished with three wins (including the final against India) from their five encounters in the recently concluded Tri-Nation T20I Series. Prior to that, they had whitewashed Sri Lanka at home in a three-match series played last year in September-October.
AUS Women Predicted Playing 11
Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck
IND Women Team News & Playing 11
INDW Team News
All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur will be leading India's 15-member squad in the forthcoming Women's World T20. The selectors have roped in uncapped batter Richa Ghosh into the mix after a series of good performances for India B team in the Challengers Trophy. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who was also impressive in that tournament, has been included in the team while Mansi Joshi and Anuja Patil failed to book their spots. Harleen Deol has returned after an injury layoff and Taniya Bhatia is the lone specialist wicketkeeper in this Indian squad.
INDW Key Players
Smriti Mandhana: The left-handed opening batter is one of India's leading run-getters in the shortest format. Mandhana has plenty of experience in Australian conditions and she will be expected to score heavily in this T20 World Cup.
Harmanpreet Kaur: The all-rounder is the x-factor in this Indian set-up. The skipper has scored the most runs for the team in T20Is after Mithali Raj. She can take the game away with her explosive batting and can also pick wickets with her off-spin.
Deepti Sharma: The off-spinner is among the most successful bowlers for India in this format with 49 wickets in 43 matches. Deepti is coming off a good tri-series where she finished with seven wickets including four in the last two games.
INDW Recent Form
Since their heartbreaking semi-final exit from the 2018 T20 World Cup, India have played five T20I series and have won two of them. After suffering consecutive series sweeps against New Zealand and England, the Indian eves returned to winning ways with a resounding 3-1 win over South Africa at home and a 5-0 whitewash of the West Indies in West Indies. Their previous T20I assignment came earlier in the month in Australia - the tri-nation series that also involved England - where they went down to the hosts in the final.
IND Women Predicted Playing 11
Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Richa Ghosh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Arundhati Reddy, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad
AUS Women vs IND Women Head to Head
Australia Women and India Women have faced each other in 18 T20 internationals with the scoreline reading 13-5 in favor of the former.
Australia have won five of the last seven matches they have played against India in the game's twenty-over format.
The Aussies registered an 11-run victory in their most recent encounter against India - in last week's final match of the Tri-Nation Women's T20I Series played at Melbourne.
AUSW vs INDW Head to Head Stats
AUS Women vs IND Women Betting Odds
Australia Women begin as firm favorites to win this opening game of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 at odds of 1.28 with Bet365 and 1.25 with Betway and 10CRIC. India Women are the underdogs for this match and they are being offered at a higher price of 3.80 on Betway, 3.75 on Bet365 and 3.35 on 10CRIC.
AUSW Betway Odds
- AUSW to Win the Match: Australia Women are 1.25 favorites with Betway to win this match.
- AUSW to win the Toss: Australia Women are 1.90 with Betway to win the coin toss in this match.
INDW Betway Odds
- INDW to win the match: India Women are 3.80 underdogs with Betway to win this match.
- INDW to win the Toss: India Women are 1.90 with Betway to win the coin toss in this match.
AUSW Bet365 Odds
- AUSW to win the match: Australia Women are favorites at odds of 1.28 with Bet365 to beat India Women.
- AUSW batter to score a fifty: Alyssa Healy is 4.50 with Bet365 to hit a half-century against India in this match while her opening partner Beth Mooney is priced at 4.
INDW Bet365 Odds
- INDW to win the match: India Women are underdogs at odds of 3.75 with Bet365 to beat Australia Women.
- INDW batter to score a fifty: Opening batters Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma are 4.33 and 5.50 respectively with Bet365 to smash a fifty against Australia in this match.
AUSW 10CRIC Odds
- AUSW to win the match: Australia are favorites at 1.25 with 10CRIC to win the opening match of the Women’s T20 World Cup.
- AUSW Highest Opening Partnership: Australia Women are 1.62 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
INDW 10CRIC Odds
- INDW to win the match: India Women are 3.35 outsiders with 10CRIC to win the opening game of the Women’s T20 World Cup.
- INDW Highest Opening Partnership: India Women are 2.15 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
AUS Women vs IND Women Prediction
Australia are the number one ranked team in the ICC Women's T20I rankings while India are ranked fourth. The hosts are winners of the previous edition and have won the tournament on four occasions - the most by any team. They also have a clear edge in terms of head-to-head record and will be going into this game high on confidence, especially after having beaten India in the final of the recent T20I tri-series. Although India do have quite a few big names in their side and can beat any team in the world on their day, we are backing the Aussies here to begin their title defence on a positive note.