Australian bowler Megan Schutt said that her bowling is not the best match-up for India’s opening pair of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma. It seems like fear of Shafali’s sixes and Smriti’s well-strategized batting has already scared Australian bowlers even before they walked on the pitch for the finals. Ahead of the much-anticipated final against India on Sunday in the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup, Australia’s Megan Schutt has a clear plea to skipper Meg Lanning that she doesn’t want to bowl to Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana.
Schutt bore the brunt of Verma and Mandhana’s attacking cricket in the very first over during last month’s tri-series, dispatched for a four by the teenager on the very first ball and hit for a six by Mandhana.
The excitement level of crore of cricket lovers is at its peak, as the much-awaited INDW Vs. AUSW showdown will be witnessed on 8th March 2020. Ahead of all the excitement, Schutt admits that she quakes when it comes to ball to India’s top order bats-woman who flayed 16 runs in the opening over of the tournament. Talking about the same she said, “I just hate playing India — they’ve got the wood on me”. “Smriti and Verma have got me covered. That six in the tri-series was probably the biggest one I’ve ever been hit for. “There are obviously some plans we’re going to revisit as bowlers. Clearly, I’m not the best match-up to those two in the power play. They find me quite easy to play,” she added.
The 27-year-old thought her once-in-a-lifetime shot at a home World Cup final had gone when the rain hit, but the bowler took a crucial two wickets for 17 runs to down South-Africa and fix their team’s slot for Sunday’s mega showdown against India!
“We’re in that final we’ve been talking about for so long and against India, which is super befitting, considering the tri-series we had. It couldn’t really be a bigger challenge for us”. She said.
“It’s not really a bad thing; it’s good we’re going up against a team we’ve played a lot against recently and it’s the same for them as well,” she added.
This, ‘not so hard to win’ behavior may not turn against Australia, as it is noticeable that Women in Blue has proved their efficiency by winning all the matches in group stages and getting a direct entry to the finals!
We can say that, beware of our power pack Indian girls who will definitely set the stadium on fire with their rocking performance in the finals of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020! Go girls get it!