India vs Australia: Australia made a brilliant comeback in the T20I series registering a scintillating win versus India to level the series 1-1. In the 2nd T20I, restricting India to a dismal 130/8 courtesy of a splendid bowling performance by Georgia Wareham, Kim Garth and Annabel Southerland; the Southern Stars chased down the target without much hassle riding on the heroics of Ellyse Perry who top-scored with an unbeaten 34.
This makes the third and final T20I an exciting proposition giving the fans so much to look forward to.
India vs Australia 3rd T20I – Match Details
Date and Time: 9th 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 3rd 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. In the past two T20Is, teams chasing second have won as batting first has proven to be an insurmountable task.
The weather in Navi 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 33 T20 Internationals played between Australia and India since then, Australia has emerged victorious in 24, while India has secured only 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 3rd 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 in the first T20I, 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 Jemimah Rodrigues, Titas Sadhu, Deepti Sharma 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 in recent times and ever since playing 300 games for Australia, she has been an important cog in the wheel at all junctures in the game. 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 Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham and Annabel Sutherland will be ones to watch out for.
India vs Australia 3rd 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, 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 3rd T20I – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keepers: Alyssa Healy, Richa Ghosh
Batters: Ellyse Perry (Captain), Phoebe Litchfield, Smriti Mandhana
All-rounders: Deepti Sharma (Vice Captain), Annabel Sutherland
Bowlers: Shreyanka Patil, Renuka Singh Thakur, Titas Sadhu, Georgia Wareham