The Trends: At this venue, the teams batting second have won three out of five games in this World Cup. But interestingly, the last two games here have been won batting first. And Australia bore their heartbreaking 3-run loss to England at this very venue, three days back. There’s something for you, India.
Pitch report: Sanjay Manjrekar says that there’s some grass on top but the base is very dry. He’s surprised that Australia have opted to bat second on this pitch.
Onus on India to stand up now. It’s overcast and the ball should swing. Add to that the fact that Australia have a good pace bowling attack. but as Mithali said at the toss, it also gives them the freedom to express themselves, with no pressure of chasing a target down. The first 10 overs can go a long way in suggesting the winner of the match, you’d feel.
India Women (Playing XI): Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma(w), Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav
Australia Women (Playing XI): Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton, Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning(c), Elyse Villani, Alex Blackwell, Alyssa Healy(w), Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Kristen Beams
Mithali Raj: “We were looking to bat first because of the concerns in the top order. But it’s good we got to bat; there’s no pressure. In the previous editions, there were teams who were weaker, so you could make up your run rate. We are going with the same side.”
Meg Lanning: “We are gonna have a bowl; overcast conditions. Hopefully we can take a few early wickets and put India under pressure. Bowling has done a good job for us, so looking forward to bouncing back. We are going with the same team.”
Australia Women have won the toss and have opted to field