After nearly two weeks of high-quality cricketing action on display, it is time for the final showdown as India lock horns against Australia in the 2 at the historic MCG. It will be a great occasion for both the teams and Women's cricket in general. The stadium is expected to be a sell out with more than 75,000 tickets already sold out before the eve of the Final.
It will be a case of keeping the nerves of playing in front of a jam-packed crowd at the MCG. Both the teams come into the game after having played some outstanding cricket throughout the league phase. While India defeated Australia in the opening encounter, they would know that the Aussies have the habit of doing well in the knock-out games.
The India vs Australia Final will be played on March 8 at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne. The match will begin at 6:00 PM local time (12:30 PM IST/ 7:00 AM GMT). The Final will be telecasted live on the Star Sports network and will be live-streamed on the official HotStar app.
What to Expect – Ground and Pitch conditions?
Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the largest cricket stadiums in the world. With a huge playing field, it can be a host to nearly 1,00,000 people. The pitch used at MCG will be a drop-in pitch. It can be expected to batter-friendly and might slow down as the match progresses. In the big Final, both the teams will aim to bat first and put runs on the board.
For India, there are no concerns regarding the availability of players. However, for the hosts Australia, they will dearly miss the services of their star all-rounder Elysse Perry who has been ruled out of the tournament.
Predicted and Playing XI:
Team India will be hoping to end the tournament with yet another cracking show against Australia in the Final. As fas as their playing combination are concerned, they might not want to tinker with the playing XI that featured in their last league match against Sri Lanka. However, the pitch in Melbourne, might not offer enough assistance to their spinners, which might force them to drop a spinner for a pacer in Arundhati Reddy.
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Probable Playing XI:
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Hamrmanpreet Kaur (C), Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia(w), Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
The hosts will feel relaxed after they managed to sneak out a game in time in the Semi-Final against South Africa. Meg Lanning and co. would want to continue their good run and not commit mistakes as they did against India in the tournament opener in Sydney. Even Australia might prefer going in with the same playing XI which took the field against South Africa in the second Semi-Final.
Probable Playing XI:
Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning(c), Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt
Dream11 Top Fantasy Picks for India vs Australia Final
Both teams fancy some of the best T20I players in the world. For India, the opening duo of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana will hold the key at the top of the order. Also, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who is due for runs in this tournament, will hope to get a score in the all-important match. In the bowling department, the leg-spin of Poonam Yadav along with the senior-most member in Shikha Pandey will be vital to India's success in the Final.
For Australia, Meg Lanning played a match-winning knock against SA in the Semi-Final. Wicket-keeper batter Alyssa Healy will too be equally important if the Aussies are to put enough runs on the board. In their bowling, the experience of Megan Schutt and Delissa Kimmince might guide them to victory against India.
Dream11 Match Predictions for India vs Australia Final
While any predictions don't hold any meaning, it promises to be a mouth-watering Final between two of the best teams in this tournament. None of the teams can be assumed as favorites to win the Cup as both are equally capable of winning the title.
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