AUS W vs IND W Match Preview: Australia Women square off against India Women in the 1st Semi-Final of ICC Women’s World Cup 2023 at Newlands, Cape Town on 23rd February at 6:30 PM IST.
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Australia after a dominant performance in the group stage will be aiming to make it to the finals. Australia is yet to lose a single game in the tournament. They will be up against a young Indian squad.
Meg Lanning and Co are the favourites heading into the Semi-final clash against India. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney are in fine form. Healy has scored 146 runs in 3 matches. Mooney scored 80 runs in 4 matches.
Beth Mooney and Healy hold a very good record against India. Both the openers smashed the Indian bowlers the last time they faced the Indian women’s team in an ICC Knockout game. They will be hoping to repeat it once again.
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Meghan Schutt and Ashleigh Gardner are the teams leading wicket-takers in the tournament. Schutt picked up 8 wickets and Gardener picked up 7 wickets.
Ashleigh Gardener has been in the form of her life with both bat and ball. She smashed the Indian bowlers the last time India played against Australia in a T20 game back in December.
India women won their first two league matches comprehensively against Pakistan and West Indies. They were pegged back by England in their 3rd league game. India failed to chase down a target of over 160. In their final group game, they bailed out by 5 runs (DLS Method) against Ireland. India ended the group stage in 2nd position with 6 points.
India has a huge challenge ahead on their route to ultimate glory in the form of Australia. Australia defeated India in the finals of the first-ever Cricket games at the Commonwealth. The history dates back to the 2019 T20 World Cup where India lost to Australia in the finals.
Chasing has always been a worry for India when it comes to knockout games. The batting responsibilities lie on Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma.
Shafali Verma has struggled to score quickly in the tournament. She has a very good record against Australia. Her weakness against the short ball will be in the mind of the Australians to dismiss Shafali Verma.
Smriti Mandhana’s return to form in the final group game is a huge boost for the team ahead of the Semi-final clash. She has scored 149 runs in 3 matches.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur holds a very good record against the Aussies in knockout matches. She almost won the game for the Indian team in the Commonwealth games. Her role with the bat might probably decide India’s chances of heading into the finals.
Renuka Singh is the key bowler for India. She has picked up 7 wickets in the tournament so far. Her role will be crucial in India’s chances of qualifying for the finals. If she can get early wickets then India will back themselves to win the game or else it could be curtains for India.
AUS W vs IND W Match Details
Match – Australia Women vs India Women, 1st Semi Final.
Venue – Newlands, Capetown
Date & Time – 23rd February @ 6:30 PM IST.
The surface at Newlands is balanced. Spinners benefitted the most picking up 45 wickets in 9 matches played at this venue. India women won both of their matches chasing. Since it is an evening game the surface becomes slower as the game progresses. Teams batting 2nd struggled to chase down targets. In the 4 matches with an evening start, only the Indian team managed to chase down the target on both occasions.
The average 1st innings score in 9 matches played in the tournament so far is 149 runs.
The team winning the toss will likely opt to bat first and look to defend the total.
AUS W vs IND W Probable Playing XI
Australia Women: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning ©, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahila McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown.
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur ©, Richa Ghosh (wk) Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaykwad, Shikha Pandey.
AUS W vs IND W H2H Record
Matches Played : 30 Matches
Australia Women Won : 22 Matches
India Women Won : 7 Matches
No Result : 1 Match
AUS W vs IND W Match Prediction
Our Prediction – India Women to win the match.
Based on the recent performances and Indian women’s record at Newlands, we back India to defeat Australia in the 1st Semi final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023.
The odds favouring Australia Women to win the match are 1.216, while the odds favouring India to win the match are 4.56.