India vs Australia: India slipped to a dismal 0-3 loss in the ODI series and will now square off against Australia in a renewed set of encounters in the T20 format. The matches will be played across the length and breadth of the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. This will also be the perfect opportunity for India to bounce back after the tough losses in the ODI series and showcase their dominance on home soil.
Earlier, India handed a loss to Australia in the one-off test match in an emphatic fashion and headed into the ODI series with the same mindset, however, Australia proved to be tricky customers challenging the Women in Blue across all frontiers.
India vs Australia 1st T20I – Match Details
Date and Time: 5th January, 2024- Friday, 7:00 PM IST
Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai
Live Streaming: The match will be telecasted on Sports 18. Online live streaming will be available on JioCinema.
India vs Australia 1st T20I – Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Anticipated to offer a well-balanced playing field, the pitch at DY Patil Stadium is expected to provide support for both batters and bowlers. The typical score for the first innings stands at 136, prompting captains who win the toss to opt for bowling, aiming to exert pressure on the opposing team that would chase.
The weather in Mumbai will have temperatures expected to hover in the mid-20s and no anticipated rainfall. If the ODI series gave any indication, we can expect high-scoring encounters and scintillating performances from both teams.
India vs Australia – Head-to-Head Records in T20Is
Historically, India has struggled against Australia in women’s T20Is, having faced each other over 30 times since 2008. India is yet to achieve double-digit wins in these encounters. The inaugural meeting between the two teams in the shortest official format occurred in 2008 when Australia swiftly gained the advantage.
In the 31 T20 Internationals played between Australia and India since then, Australia has emerged victorious in 23, while India has secured six wins. Two matches concluded without a decisive result, with one ending in a tie and the other declared as having no result. In the T20 series played in December 2022 between the heavyweights, Australia ended up on the winning side sweeping the series 4-1 and decimating India on home soil.
India vs Australia 1st T20I Match – Key Players
- Jemimah Rodrigues: One of the top run-getters for India in 2023 and in the just concluded ODI series, the right-handed middle-order batter has been nothing short of a revelation. With an intent to score runs and challenge oppositions, her running between the wickets, effortless batting and boundary scoring at ease; she has re-defined her batting lately and has been an asset for India time and again. She will look to plunder the bowling of the Southern Stars in the dynamic T20 format and seal her place.
- Shreyanka Patil: Another youngster who has been making the waves with performances reeking of consistency and wickets is Shreyanka Patil. Impressed one and all with her wickets in the England series, she was also one of the glowing stars in the ODI series versus England as well. She has been the defining factor for India and has been a valuable addition to the spin bowling department.
Additionally, players like Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Smriti Mandhana and Pooja Vastrakar will be players to watch out for.
- Phoebe Litchfield: In her debut series in India, Phoebe Litchfield has been a sight to behold. Be it her coveted sweep shots and effortless striking, she emerged as a leading run-getter for Australia in 2023 overtaking the iconic Meg Lanning. Landing a WPL contract for the 2024 season, she seems unstoppable and has acclimatised to the conditions without breaking a sweat, the 20-year-old has already set the benchmark of her performances high.
- Ashleigh Gardner: One of the most prolific all-rounders in world cricket, Ashleigh Gardner has been a force to reckon with. With her ability to bamboozle the batters at ease while bowling very unpredictable and challenging lengths, she has been at her best versus India all the time and will look to continue the rich vein of form. Her batting further adds a lot of value and depth to the Aussie side.
Additionally, the likes of Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Georgia Wareham and Annabel Sutherland will be ones to watch out for.
India vs Australia 1st T20I – Probable Playing XIs
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Richa Ghosh (Wicket Keeper), Kanika Ahuja, Pooja Vastrakar, Shreyanka Patil, Deepti Sharma, Mannat Kashyap/Titas Sadhu/Minnu Mani, Renuka Singh Thakur
Australia: Alyssa Healy (Captain & Wicket Keeper), Phoebe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Annabel Sutherland, Ashleigh Gardner, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt/Darcie Brown, Alana King
India vs Australia 1st T20I – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-keepers: Alyssa Healy (Captain), Richa Ghosh
Batters: Ellyse Perry (Vice Captain), Phoebe Litchfield, Jemimah Rodrigues
All-rounders: Tahlia McGrath, Deepti Sharma, Ashleigh Gardner, Pooja Vastrakar
Bowlers: Georgia Wareham, Renuka Singh Thakur, Shreyanka Patil