AUS-W vs BAN-W: Preview, Probable XIs and Prediction
The eyes will be on Ashleigh Gardner [Source: Twitter]
On Tuesday, Bangladesh Women will have a mountain to climb in front of themselves, as they will take on the rampant Australia Women in the eighth match of the ongoing Women's T20 World Cup. This game, a must-win for Bangladesh, is scheduled at Gqeberha.
Australia announced their arrival in a grand style, steamrolling New Zealand in their first game on Saturday. Along with captain Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry ensured a formidable total for them, while Ashleigh Gardner ran through the White Ferns to secure a commanding victory for her side. However, the defending champions would like better returns from Beth Mooney, who has had a poor run with the bat of late.
On the contrary, Bangladesh Women suffered a crushing seven-wicket defeat to their Sri Lankan counterparts on Sunday. Despite Marufa Akter's valiant bowling effort, the Women in Green failed to defend 128, which they scored after frequent hiccups. Considering how they played against Sri Lanka, we reckon they must elevate their game to several levels to give Australia a run for their money.
Date and Time: February 14, 10.30 PM IST
Venue: St George's Park, Gqeberha
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report: The pitch at the St George's Park traditionally assists seamers in the earlier half and becomes better for batting as the game goes on. However, with the pitches drying up, we can expect a good outing for the spinners in this encounter.
Australia Women: Alyssa Healy (WK), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (C), Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
Bangladesh Women: Shamima Sultana, Murshida Khatun, Sobhana Mostary, Nigar Sultana, Lata Mondal, Shorna Akter, Ritu Moni, Salma Khatun, Nahida Akter, Jahanara Alam
Considering the strengths of both teams, we reckon Australia Women will emerge victorious in this clash.