India vs Australia: India drew first blood and defeated the ghosts of the past as they handed Australia a resounding nine-wicket defeat at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai in the first T20I. Youngster Titas Sadhu was an eye-opener as she effortlessly broke the back of the Aussie batting with four crucial wickets and with able support from the other end, the Women in Blue were able to restrict the Southern Stars to 140.
India then came back to chase down the total without breaking a sweat as Shafali Verma’s counter-attacking knock coupled with Smriti Mandhana’s brilliance paved the way for a memorable win and a 1-0 drubbing of Australia to kickstart the series.
India will look to continue this vein of form as defeating Australia comprehensively in the very first match, in the manner they did will give them a lot of confidence. Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Shreyanka Patil and Titas Sahdu were the architects of that win and the Women in Blue will bank on these stars to come good again.
Australia, on the other hand, will treat this as a tough lesson and attempt to bounce back and level the series 1-1. Alyssa Healy would have to rethink her strategies and marshall the troops better.
India vs Australia 2nd T20I – Match Details
Date and Time: 7th January, 2024- Saturday, 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 2nd T20I – Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Anticipated to offer a well-balanced playing field, the pitch at DY Patil Stadium is expected to support both batters and bowlers. The typical score for the first innings stands at 150-180, 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 32 T20 Internationals played between Australia and India since then, Australia has emerged victorious in 23, while India has secured seven 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.
India vs Australia 2nd T20I Match – Key Players
- Shafali Verma: Dropped from the ODI team after a poor run of form, the T20I series provided the perfect opportunity for Shafali to bounce back to form and she did so in a classy fashion. En route to her unbeaten knock of 64, she was timing the ball beautifully while also exhibiting her vintage attacking brand of cricket which was a treat for her fans and disastrous for Australia.
- 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 Australia as well. She has been the defining factor for India and has been a valuable addition to the spin bowling department as seen in the 1st T20I and is already turning out to be a death overs specialist.
Additionally, players like Titas Sadhu, Deepti Sharma, Smriti Mandhana and Pooja Vastrakar will be players to watch out for.
- Phoebe Litchfield: Phoebe Litchfield has been a sight to behold in her debut series in India. 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 have acclimatised to the conditions without breaking a sweat, the 20-year-old has already set the benchmark of her performances high.
- Ellyse Perry: One of the most experienced players in the Aussie set-up, Ellyse Perry has been a revelation. After being dropped from the shortest overs side owing to strike rate concerns, she remodelled her game for the better and has been in the finest touches. She was a major positive for Australia in the first T20I and will pump confidence to her side.
Additionally, the likes of Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham and Annabel Sutherland will be ones to watch out for.
India vs Australia 2nd T20I – Probable Playing XIs
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Richa Ghosh (Wicket Keeper), Amanjot Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar, Shreyanka Patil, Deepti Sharma, Titas Sadhu, 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
India vs Australia 2nd T20I – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keepers: Alyssa Healy (Captain), Richa Ghosh
Batters: Ellyse Perry (Vice Captain), Phoebe Litchfield, Jemimah Rodrigues
All-rounders: Deepti Sharma, Annabel Sutherland
Bowlers: Shreyanka Patil, Renuka Singh Thakur, Titas Sadhu, Georgia Wareham