ICC Women’s T20 WC Final: First Time Finalists vs Four-Time Champions

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ICC Women's T20 WC Final: First Time Finalists vs Four-Time Champions
ICC Women's T20 WC Final: First Time Finalists vs Four-Time Champions

The most awaited 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World cup is going to be held on March 8. This match will take place in Melbourne cricket ground on International Women’s day. In the final match both the teams of group, A i.e India is going to face Australia.

India women were the first team to qualify for the semi-finals, after recording three wins from their first three matches. The first semi-final was abandoned with no play due to rain, meaning India advanced to the final. In the second semi-final, hosts Australia beat South Africa by five runs in a rain-affected match. So let’s not wait and jump to the statistics of both the teams.

Points Table

TeamPWLTNRPtsNRR
India440008+0.979
Australia431006+0.971

 

If we look at the points table above, India is in the lead position against Australia with 4 matches in its pocket and Australia is in the second position with 1 loss that too against India. But if we look at the net run rate (NRR), there is not much difference. So it gives a clear idea that the batting strategy of both teams is almost the same.

Batting Performance:

PlayerINNRUNSAVGSR
1Beth Mooney518145.25118.30
2Shafali Verma416140.25161.00
3Alyssa Healy516132.20143.75
4Meg Lanning411658.0098.31
5Racheal Haynes46034.00125.93
6Deepthi Sharma48341.5065.13

 

If we take a look at the batting performance of both the teams and compare them, the Australian team has an edge over India’s team with good strike rate, good average and highest runs.

Bowling Performance:

PlayerTeamMatchesBallsRunsWicketsEco
Poonam YadavIND4968995.56
Megan SchuttAUS510811696.44
Shikha PandeyIND4951475.31
Jess JonassenAUS511412076.16

 

If we have a look at the above table, the Indian team has a sharp edge over Australia in the bowling section.

Face To Face Battle

India won only 5 matches out of 18 matches they have played against Australia in the T20s. Besides that, Australia is 4 times Women’s T20 World cup Champions and India with 0 titles.

Australia team Probable XI

Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (c),  Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince

India team Probable XI

Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Veda Krishnamurthy, Poonam Yadav

Weather condition

There are fewer chances of rain on matchday with precipitation as less as 10%. Temperatures are expected to be around 18 to 22-degree celsius. 

Key players

Australia women: Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt

India women: Shafali Verma, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey

Conclusion

So looking at the statistics and previous matches, both teams are at the same pace. Both have their own strengths. India is good at bowling and Australia is at batting. Based on these, we can expect a tough fight between both the teams.

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