ICC Women's T20 World Cup final: Here's the complete preview
Australia and India face each other in the final of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup on Sunday in Melbourne. Australia are in their sixth World T20 final are looking to seal a fifth title. Meanwhile, India are aiming to win their maiden World T20 trophy. Ahead of the blockbuster clash, we look at the complete match preview.
Timing, TV listing and pitch report
The final is set to start at 12:30 PM IST and will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The match will be telecast live on Star Sports Network and streamed on Hotstar. One expects an even contest between bat and ball at the MCG. The pitch will get slower as the match progresses. Team winning the toss would want to bat first.
Australia have a solid blend of players
Australia Women have a formidable batting unit on offer. The likes of Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner can make things count. Australia will miss Elysse Perry, however, they have ample firepower to tackle India. The bowling looks strong with Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen and Georgia Wareham in the mix. Australia are highly experienced in finals and are the outright favorites.
India need to be wary of Australian challenge
India may have defeated the Aussie Women in the tournament opener, however, this is a severe challenge. In a high pressure encounter the Aussies will approach things better. India need to be wary of the Australian challenge in a crunch battle. The team has played some defining cricket in the tournament, however, the players will have to step up and walk the extra mile.
Dream11: Healy and Poonam get leadership nods
Wicket-keeper batswoman Healy (captain) opens the batting alongside Mooney in this Dream11 side. Shafali Verma comes in next. She is joined by Jemimah Rodrigues and Australian skipper Lanning. Ashleigh Gardner and all-rounders Jess Jonassen and Deepti Sharma offer more substance in this line-up. Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav and Kimmince are the main bowlers.