India will have energy to burn when they take on Australia in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup decider, after their semi-final against England was washed out by rain, captain Harmanpreet Kaur said on Saturday.
Undefeated India head into Sunday’s clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after an eight-day break since their last group match against Sri Lanka.
First-time finalists India have been a revelation since kicking off their tour six weeks ago with a five-wicket loss to a local selection of B’ players in Sydney, the first match on Australian soil for most of the Indian squad.
But they upset defending champions Australia in the tournament opener at Sydney Showgrounds and have been untroubled since, with 16-year-old sensation Shafali Verma leading from the front with batting firepower.
Opener Verma has scored 161 runs to top India’s batting and leads the tournament with a fierce strike-rate, also of 161.
Dream 11 Tips: The MCG pitch is expected to be falt so you can pick more batters than bowlers.
Captain: Meg Lanning
The Aussie skipper brings with her an experience of playing in 4 T20 World Cup finals. She played a crucial knock of unbeaten 49 in the semifinal against South Africa and would look to be among runs in the big clash as well.
Vice-captain: Smriti Mandhana
The star India batter has blown hot and cold in the tournament so far, however, she sure is big match players and would look to finish the World Cup with a big score. She has an average of more than 40 against Australia in T20Is.
The sensational India opener has not flopped in any of the games so far in the tournament. Shafali has been responsible for giving India brisk start in the Powerplays with her power-hitting. She missed out on a half-century on the last 2 occasions and would look to get one the big day.
The Australian opener’s last three scores read 28, 60 and 81* and thus she walks in automatically into the Dram 11.
She picked 3 wickets in the tournament opener against Australia and has been bowling with discipline in the tournament. With the Indian spinners taking the limelight off her, Shikha could once again draw attention towards her in the final.
Dream 11: Shafali Verma, Meg Lanning (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy(WK), Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Shikha Pandey
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