The performance of the Indian women’s team has been good in the T20 format.
The Indian women’s cricket team will try to end the tour on a positive note by registering a win in the three-match T20I series against Australia starting on October 7. Team India has got strength due to the arrival of captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Harmanpreet could not play in the ODI series and Day Night Test match due to thumb injury but now she is fit. This has strengthened the aggressive side of Team India’s batting. The opening pair of young Shefali Verma and Smriti Mandhana are running in excellent form. Ahead of the last leg of the Australian tour, Mandhana is full of confidence. He had scored his first Test century just a few days back. This senior batsman would definitely like to maintain that momentum though there is a lot of difference between the two formats.
The return of Harmanpreet is a good sign for the team but all eyes will be on the young Shefali who is known to bat in an aggressive manner. During this tour, the Indian team showed that it can adjust to different formats within a short period of time. With this, she was able to dominate the test played with the pink ball as well. Earlier, he had led Australia’s 26-win campaign in ODIs.
Rodrigues may get a chance
The injury was a big blow for Harmanpreet but this T20 series will be very important for her ahead of next year’s ODI World Cup. She is a match winner in the shortest format of the game and would not want to miss any chance in these matches. The Australian bowlers will target Shefali, Mandhana and Harmanpreet while young Jemima Rodrigues will get another chance to regain her form. He may not have done well for the national team in the recent past but he batted impressively in ‘The Hundred’ in England. The bouncy wickets of Australia also suit their game.
Australia has plenty of all-rounders
Australia have many all-rounders, which makes them look very strong in this format. But India seems fully prepared to give him a tough challenge. India have not been getting the services of experienced bowler Jhulan Goswami in T20 for some time now but bowlers like Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar and Shikha Pandey have done well. In batting, India’s eyes will also be on wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh and Yastika Bhatia in the middle order.
Australia captain Meg Lanning will be hoping that her all-rounder will be able to make a difference again. Australia can also give debut all-rounder Tahlia McGrath in this series, who had an impressive performance in the Test match. Looking at the recent form, both Annabel Sutherland and Nicola Carey have a strong claim to a place in the playing XI, given the excellent record.
Teams are as follows
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice Captain), Shefali Verma, Jemima Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh (WK), Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh.
Australia: Meg Lanning (Captain), Darcy Brown, Matlen Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashley Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Alice Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tyla Vlaminck , Georgia Wareham.
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