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20 Sep 2021
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.
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
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.
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.
Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Darcie Brown, Hannah Darlington, Tahlia McGrath
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj (c), Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav
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