India face Australia in the final of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, with the hosts looking to record yet another title.
India beat Australia in the group stage when they last met - Poonam Yadav starring with the ball as she claimed 4-19 to bowl Australia out for 115.
That win ultimately booked India's place in this final, as their semi-final with England was washed out - India advancing as they had won their group. The rain cleared just long enough for Australia to beat South Africa by five runs on the DLS method in the second semi-final.
INDW vs AUSW Win Probability
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India Women vs Australia Women Final Match Prediction
India Women vs Australia Women Final Match, WT20 World Cup 2020 Prediction
Group A winners India and runners-up Australia meet again in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, in what should be a spectacular final in front of a bumper Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd. The match takes place on Match 8 and the live action gets under way at 18:00 local time.
India beat Australia in the first game of this tournament, with Poonam Yadav taking 4-19 - a result which ultimately got them through to this final as it ensured they topped their group and therefore advanced by default when their semi-final with England was washed out.
Australia just about got their semi-final on – as they would have suffered the same fate as England otherwise – and Meg Lanning’s 49* from 49 balls ultimately made the difference as they beat South Africa by five runs on the DLS method.
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The Melbourne weather forecast bares no resemblance to that at Sydney for the semi-finals, Conditions should be clear and rain-free, though there could be humidity to contend with later in the evening.
The MCG serves up hard, fast wickets which are perfect for fast scoring and quick bowling.
Australia Women elected to field first when they last met India, but the hosts could be keen to set a target at the MCG this time.
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Alyssa Healy will be key for Australia at the top of the order and hit a half-century when these teams last met to prove whey she should be picked at 9.5 credits.
Beth Mooney is alongside Healy up the order and has far out-played Smriti Mandhana in this tournament if you are comparing the two ten-credit batsmen. Mooney certainly has the edge, with Shafali Verma – now nine credits – India’s better opener. It leaves one space to fill, and Meg Lanning’s captain’s innings last time out proved her worth.
Like Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur has not showed her best form at this tournament, but Deepti Sharma remains a key all-rounder for India and Jess Jonassen is key for Australia. The latter two look the better picks, with all three priced at nine credits.
Poonam Yadav and Megan Schutt have each took nine wickets in this tournament, with the former’s tally including four when these teams last met. They may be the two top-priced bowlers, but you can afford them and you should pick them. That leaves three spaces and Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav and Georgia Wareham have all also bowled well in this tournament at key moments.
Megan Schutt has nine wickets in four matches, coming into form in perfect time, and she could be key for Australia in this final – perhaps edging Poonam Yadav, whose wickets came earlier in the tournament. It is hard to ignore Shafali Verma’s claim for at least vice-captain either, given the 16-year-old’s top-order runs.
INDW vs AU-W Dream11 Team Prediction
Batsmen:Shafali Verma (vc), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning
With Ellyse Perry out injured, Australia could be unchanged from the team which beat South Africa in the semi-final. Sophie Molineux was the player to replace Perry, having recovered from injury, and she took the opening wicket to prove her worth.
AUSW Key Players
Alyssa Healy: Scored 51 when these teams last met – one of two half-centuries she hit in the group stage – and the wicket-keeper-batsman could be vital at the top of the order.
Megan Schutt: Took 2-17 in the semi-final win against South Africa, to move to nine wickets in her last four matches.
Meg Lanning: A captain’s innings – hitting an unbeaten 49 from 49 balls in the semi-final – proved the difference as Australia reached the final once again.
AUSW Team Form
Australia have won four in a row since defeat to India when these teams last met. Anything else would likely have seen them eliminated, but they beat Sri Lanka after a sticky start and then Bangladesh comfortably to set up a must-win clash with New Zealand – and held their nerve to defend 155/5 and win by four runs.
Rain threatened to eliminate them anyway in the semi-finals, but Meg Lanning’s unbeaten 49 lifted them to 134/5 as they managed to get their game on and they restricted South Africa to 92/5 from a reduced 13 overs in reply – a five-run DLS-method win.
India opened this tournament with just their sixth win against Australia – though it was also their second in three matches. Poonam Yadav made the difference, taking 4-19 with the ball as India defended 132/4 by bowling the Aussies out for 115.
Their previous match, the final of the Tri-Nation Series that served as the warm-up for this tournament, saw Australia win by 11 runs, however, after Beth Mooney hit 71* in a total of 155/6 and Jess Jonassen claimed 5-12 to bowl India out for 144.
INDW vs AUSW Head to Head Stats
IND Women vs AUS Women Betting Odds
Australia Women go into the T20 World Cup final on home soil as favourites to win.
INDW Bet365 Odds
INDW to Win the Match: India are 2.50 to win with Bet365.
INDW Top Batsman: Shafali Verma is 2.80 to be India’s top team batsman after some excellent form at the top of the order, while opening partner is Smriti Mandhana is 3.60 with Bet365. Jemimah Rodrigues is 5.00 with Bet365 and Harmanpreet Kaur is 5.50.
INDW Top Bowler: Poonam Yadav is 2.87 favourite to be India’s top team bowler with Bet365, after her four wickets when these teams last met. Shikha Pandey is 4.33 with Bet365, as is Rajeshawri Gayakwad. Radha Yadav is 4.50 after her four wickets in the final group game.
AUSW Bet365 Odds
AUSW to Win the Match: Australia are 1.53 favourites to lift the T20 World Cup by beating India.
AUSW Top Batsman: Beth Mooney is 3.10 favourite to be Australia’s top team batsman at the top of the order, while Alyssa Healy can be backed at 3.40 with Bet365. Meg Lanning is 3.60 after her match-winning innings last time out.
AUSW Top Bowler: Megan Schutt is Australia’s leading wicket-taker in this tournament and she is 3.75 to be their top team bowler again with Bet365. Jess Jonassen is 4.00 with Bet365 after starring when these teams last met in a final, while Georgia Wareham can be backed at 5.50 after her superb bowling against New Zealand.
IND Women vs AUS Women Prediction
India might have beaten Australia last time out, but the hosts are favourites for this match and well-accustomed to rising to the big occasion.
Australia Women to beat India Women at 1.53 with Bet365.
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