Commonwealth Games 2022, IND W vs AUS W: The World Cricket will witness the rise of a new dawn today at the grounds of Edgbaston when India Women will take on Australia women in the first ever match of Women’s Cricket at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Do you know? This is only the second time that Cricket is been played at the Commonwealth Games, last time cricket was played in CWG was back in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which was a 50-over men’s tournament. This is also the first time that the T20I format of cricket will be played in Commonwealth Games 2022, as the 1998 Men’s tournament was a 50-over tournament.
Defending Champions marches towards the Gleaming Gold Medal
Coming to the game, Australia Women & India Women will cross swords with each other in the first cricket match of the Commonwealth Games 2022. Defending Champions Australia Women would be brimming with confidence after clinching their seventh consecutive World Cup Title by winning the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 held in March in New Zealand.
Australia will march on the field with the Same pLaying XI that won the Women’s World Cup 2022 in March. With a stable line-up in place, Australia Women would aim to add another Gold Medal to their kitty. Though they would miss the services of their ex-head coach Matthew Mott who had resigned from the post to take up the role with England Men’s white ball team & Ben Sawyer, who’s now New Zealand women’s head coach, we can expect Australia Women to display another breathtaking performance in their opening clash of the CWG 2022.
Meg Lanning-led Australian team does not have any shortage of talents. Their batting department comprising of Alyssa Healy, Rachel Haynes & Beth Mooney adds depth to their line-up while the all-rounder duties are very well fulfilled by Tahlia McGrath. Darcie Brown, and Alana King make up their bowling department. Defending Champions would leave no stones unturned to outclass Asian Women & get an early edge in the crucial CWG 2022.
India Women aims to script history by winning the prestigious Event
India Women’s team enjoys a good combination of Experienced & young players & they will hope to make use of this deadly combination to the fullest in their first fixture of the Commonwealth Games 2022 against Australia. A major setback for the Indian team is the absence of all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar & Opener S Meghana who didn’t fly with the team to the UK after returning with positive COVID-19 results.
Apart from Harmanpreet Kaur, the onus is on India’s key players such as the likes of Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma to step up & deliver if they aim to bring the prestigious gold medal at home. With Sneh Rana returning after being rested from the Sri Lanka series and wicket-keeper plus strokeful batter Yastika Bhatia in the mix, India has a well-balanced squad in place. Meanwhile, the likes of Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, and Sneh Rana will lead India’s bowling attack.
This is also the first time that the Indian team will play any big event after Mithali Raj’s retirement and veteran seamer Jhulan Goswami’s omission. However, the vacant places have opened up opportunities for youngsters to come to the forefront & perform.
Whether the Australian Women’s team’s intent to extend their legacy would prevail or the energetic Indian team would give a tough fight to Defending Champions & get an early edge into the Commonwealth Games 2022? Share with us your views in the comments section below
Commonwealth Games 2022, IND W vs AUS W: Predicted Playing XI
Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland.
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Sabbhineni Meghana, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Sneh Rana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Renuka Singh, Harleen Deol, Radha Yadav
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