The Indian women’s Cricket Team recently suffered successive defeats against the Australian Women’s Cricket Team. They had already lost the commonwealth games finals against Aussies where they came close to winning the title. India had to suffice with a Silver medal after losing to Australia by 9 runs in 1st Commonwealth women’s cricket final. All these statistics and past records will play a huge part in the India Vs Australia – Women’s T20 World Cup Semi – Final to be played at 6:30 PM IST on Thursday, 23rd Feb 2023.
Interesting Fact – India is the only team to have beaten Australia in a T20 World Cup since 2016. They have done it twice in the 2020 and 2018 editions.
Why Should India feel Positive? – Australia have lost just one of their last 21 T20Is since April 2021 and it was to India. Even that, however, was in a Super Over. Even though it is less and very difficult, Indian women can still get together and have a chance!
What Richa Ghosh Said – “They attack a lot,” wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh said. “So, whatever happens to them, even if the batsman is out, they don’t leave the attacking. Because they have batters from top to bottom. We also have a batter from top to bottom. So, we will play an attacking game.”
The recently concluded home series also went to Australians. India have already lost the big game against England in this World T20 and narrowly won the game against Pakistan. A bit of a wakeup-call in group stages will help them to unite and strategize before the all-important semi-final against the biggest threat of World Cricket – Australia.
Mandhana Holds the Key for India
Meg Laning’s side should beware of Smriti Mandhana’s threat too in the crunch semi-final. Smriti is a senior T20I player in the Indian batting line-up. Jemimah should derive confidence from the Pakistan game where she took her country across the line. Richa Gosh is in top form in the middle order but without much support, some of her efforts are in vain.
There are question marks on Captain Harmanpreet’s fitness level and if she will be playing the India Vs Australia Women’s T20 World Cup Semi-Final. If she sits out, then any chances of India winning this match goes down by half.
The Indian spin duo needs an economical spell of bowling if India must have a chance against the mighty Aussies. Young sensation Renuka Singh needs to be at her best in the opening over to provide initial breakthroughs.
Australians are Clear Favourites
Australia breezed through their four matches in the group stage without ever looking as though they were in any sort of trouble. When a team can fit seven free-scoring batters, four seamers and four spinners into their Playing XI, it represents a lot of brute force for an opposition to break down.
Gardner has a good success rate against India in recent times, so Indian batters should target her with calculated and planned batting. Landing, Healy and rest are very capable of turning the cause of any T20I game in a few overs.
When is the India Vs Australia Semi-final: Thursday, February 23 at 3pm local time (6:30 PM IST)
Where is India Vs Australia Semi-final: Newlands, Cape Town
Probable XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Ash Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland/Darcie Brown
Probable XI: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Richa Ghosh (wk), Jemima Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Shikha Pandey, Devika Vaidya, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Thakur.
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