Match Prediction Women's T20 World Cup 2020 1st match - Australia v India
The 1st match of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 between Australia and India will be played at the Sydney Showground Stadium in Sydney.
The schedulers have got this absolutely right. A match between the top two contenders for the title will certainly get the tournament going. Both India and Australia have been in fine form and a fierce rivalry has grown between the two units in the last few years.
The fact that has made the rivalry even more interesting in this World Cup is the presence of all three of Australia, India and New Zealand in the same group. This means that only two out of the three can qualify for the semi-finals.
In essence, whichever team out of India and Australia wins this game, they almost guarantee themselves a semi-final berth.
While Australia's first warm-up match against West Indies was abandoned without a ball being bowled, they won their next game against South Africa by 4 wickets.
India started off their campaign in a similar fashion with rain not allowing them to take the field for the warm-up match against Pakistan. The team had a close contest against West Indies and just managed to win by two wickets.
Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma and Harmanpreet Kaur will be the batters to watch out for India while the Yadav spin twins and Shikha Pandey will be their top bowlers.
Australia suffered a setback when pacer Tayla Vlaeminck was ruled out of the tournament with a foot injury. Off spinner Molly Strano has replaced Vlaeminck in the squad.
The defending champions will bank on the batting brilliance of Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney. Jess Jonassen and Megan Schutt will be their leading bowlers. And, of course, don't forget the all-round brilliance of Ellyse Perry.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Australia - Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (vice-capt), Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Meg Lanning (capt), Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham.
India - Taniya Bhatia (wk), Harleen Deol, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Richa Ghosh, Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Shafali Verma, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav.
Who will win the toss? - India
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Smriti Mandhana (India), Meg Lanning (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Poonam Yadav (India), Megan Schutt (Australia)
Most Sixes – Smriti Mandhana (India), Ellyse Perry (Australia)
Player of the Match – Ellyse Perry
Team Scores Batting first – India 130+, Australia 145+
Match Handicap Australia
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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