In a thrilling encounter at Mumbai, Australia Women outclassed their Indian counterparts in the first One Day International (ODI), taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The world champions showcased their dominance with a clinical performance, setting the stage for an exciting battle in the upcoming matches.
While India put up a commendable batting display, their bowling struggled against the robust Australian lineup. As the teams gear up for the second ODI on December 30, all eyes are on India’s ability to bounce back and level the series.
|Australia Women tour of India, 2023-24
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai City, India
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India faced challenges in their innings, with wickets falling at regular intervals despite promising starts from several batters. Jemimah Rodrigues’ elegant 82 and Pooja Vastrakar’s resilient 62 not out at No.9 were crucial in India achieving their highest ODI total against Australia. However, the absence of Smriti Mandhana, due to illness, was felt, and her return for the next match remains uncertain.
Harmanpreet Kaur, with a strong record against Australia in this format, will be pivotal in leading the batting unit. The Indian bowling, flat in the first ODI, needs early breakthroughs from Renuka Thakur Singh and Pooja Vastrakar. The impact of spinners may diminish with dew, especially if India bowls second.
Australia’s successful chase in Mumbai was powered by impressive performances from Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, and Phoebe Litchfield. Their contributions led Australia to achieve the second-highest successful chase in women’s ODIs, securing a convincing six-wicket victory. With Perry, McGrath, Litchfield, and Beth Mooney in form, Australia’s batting unit looks formidable.
Ashleigh Gardner and Georgia Wareham were the main wicket-takers for Australia in the previous game. Despite conceding runs when the wicket eased out, they remain reliable options for the upcoming matches.
Here is the table for the predicted playing XIs for the upcoming match:
|India Predicted Playing XI
|Australia Predicted Playing XI
|1. Jemimah Rodrigues
|1. Phoebe Litchfield
|2. Shafali Verma
|2. Alyssa Healy (c & wk)
|3. Harmanpreet Kaur (c)
|3. Ellyse Perry
|4. Deepti Sharma
|4. Beth Mooney
|5. Yastika Bhatia
|5. Tahlia McGrath
|6. Sneh Rana
|6. Ashleigh Gardner
|7. Amanjot Kaur
|7. Annabel Sutherland
|8. Smriti Mandhana
|8. Georgia Wareham
|9. Richa Ghosh (wk)
|9. Alana King
|10. Pooja Vastrakar
|10. Megan Schutt
|11. Renuka Thakur
|11. Darcie Brown
Please note that these line-ups are based on predictions and may be subject to change based on the team management’s decisions and unforeseen circumstances.
The Wankhede pitch, known for favoring batsmen, tends to improve as the game progresses, especially during the winter months. Dew in the evening further tilts the balance in favor of the batsmen, making conditions challenging for spinners. Seam bowlers might find some movement off the pitch with the new ball, but their impact could diminish as the dew sets in.
The weather forecast for the game in Mumbai predicts warm conditions during the day and pleasant weather in the evening. These conditions are likely to enhance the challenges for bowlers, adding an extra layer of complexity to the game.
The Wankhede Stadium proved to be a paradise for batsmen in the first ODI, with both teams putting up formidable scores. A par total here is estimated to be around 280-290, setting the stage for yet another high-scoring contest. As observed in the previous game, the chasing side has had the upper hand at this venue, winning four out of the six women’s ODIs played here.
The Toss Factor:
Given the chasing trend at Wankhede, winning the toss becomes crucial. As seen in the first ODI, the team winning the toss is likely to opt for fielding first, looking to capitalize on the favorable chasing conditions. The decision to chase at this venue has often proven to be a strategic advantage.
IND-W vs AUSW: Winning Prediction:
Australia, the reigning world champions, enter the second ODI with the opportunity to seal the series. Their well-rounded team, particularly the strong batting lineup, poses a significant challenge for India. While India’s best chance lies in outscoring the Australians, their bowling unit needs to address some vulnerabilities.
In the prediction for the second ODI, Australia Women emerge as the favorites. The balance in their team, coupled with their recent form, suggests that they have the edge over the home side. India will need a special effort to stop the Australians on this batting-friendly surface, making the second ODI a must-watch for cricket enthusiasts.
Prediction: Australia Will Win
As the cricketing drama unfolds at Wankhede, the clash between bat and ball promises excitement. Australia Women, with their sights set on series victory, will look to extend their dominance, while India seeks redemption and aims to level the series. The stage is set for a gripping encounter, and cricket fans can expect another high-scoring spectacle in the second ODI at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.