AUS W vs IND W | 2nd ODI: With problems aplenty, Mithali Raj’s side take field with series on line

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Sep 23, 12:00 PM

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India w0men got their worst ever hammering in recent years in the first game of the three-match series against Australia Women. Playing their first ODI in Mackay Queensland, on September 21, a nine-wicket loss even after scoring 225 gave an indication of the chinks in the armour that India have in their team. 

Major players like Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana failed with the bat even as debutant Yastika Bhatia and skipper Mithali Raj tried to get stretch the innings till as much as possible. Bowling was a disaster, to say the least. 

However, the Indian team, if it wants to remain alive in the three-match series, and also to brighten its prospects of winning the entire tour (based on points won for each match in three series combined), this is a ‘do or die’ game. First of all, not playing Jemimah Rodrigues, who was in the form of her life during The Hundred Women’s is highly illogical. 

Pooja Vastrakar wasn’t in the best of the forms and India could do with two pacers only as it needs to strengthen its batting and that’s how Rodrigues comes into the picture. 

As far as the Aussie women are concerned, there is not a single aspect of a game that they need to improve and hence they wouldn’t really be changing anything. 

Australia Women vs India Women: Details

Match Number- 02nd ODI

Date and Time: September 24, 2021, 10:40 am IST, 15:10 pm Local, 05:10 am GMT

Venue: Ray Mitchell Oval, Harrup Park, Mackay

Broadcast and Live Stream in India: Sony Sports Network and Sony LIV

Pitch Report

As far as the first game was concerned, the pitch at Mackay was fast and bouncy and with a strip of light grass left on it, it did give a hard time for the team batting first. The same could be expected in this game as well. 

Weather Forecast and Toss

According to the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, the weather at Mackay will remain partly cloudy throughout the day. Light easterly winds blowing at 15 to 25 km/h would support the swing bowlers in the noon, but as time passes, it would slow down. 

A skipper winning the toss should undoubtedly choose to bowl first. 

Probable XI

Australia Women

Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Darcie Brown, Hannah Darlington, Tahlia McGrath

India Women

Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj (c), Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav

Dream XI Team

Wicketkeepers Alyssa Healy

Batters Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning, Mithali Raj, Shafali Verma

All-rounders Deepti Sharma, Ellyse Perry

Bowlers Poonam Yadav, Darcie Brown, Meghna Singh, Hannah Darlington

Vice-Captain Mithali Raj

Captain Meg Lanning 

  • Mithali Raj
  • Smriti Mandhana
  • Shafali Verma
  • Meg Lanning
  • Alyssa Healy
  • INDW
  • AUSW
  • INDW vs AUSW
  • Ray Mitchell Oval, Harrup Park Mackay

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