Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Onus on India to keep series alive after first T20I washout. Jemimah Rodrigues's record-breaking knock on comeback headlined India's intent-filled batting display in the first T20I
Jemimah Rodrigues's record-breaking knock on comeback headlined India's intent-filled batting display in the first T20I
After persistent rain cut short India's chance at an equalizer, the onus would be on the visitors to keep the multi-format series alive in the second T20I against Australia on Saturday. Split points in the game 1 means Australia now have a 7-5 lead with two games to be played on successive days over the weekend, making Saturday's contest a do-or-die one for a team that really has been on top of things since the second ODI without much luck by their side.
It was supposed to be a partly-cloudy day and breezy evening in Gold Coast on Friday, but that rapidly turned into unexpected rain and unrepairable damage resulting in the abandonment of the first T20I. Both sides had a hand each on the wheel throughout the 15.2 overs that were sent down – India walking the talk after being very vocal about inculcating a ‘positive batting approach' in the lead up to this tour, and Australia finding ways to punch back throughout. Fittingly then, both teams walked out with a point each to leave the series tantalizingly poised.
That said, it was probably Jemimah Rodrigues who'd have felt the pinch the most, having spent months warming the bench waiting for her second chance and then being left stranded one short of a half-century (36 balls) when rain lashed down. Her record-breaking knock on comeback headlined India's intent-filled batting display where the openers put on a 50-plus partnership in just 5.1 overs feasting on wayward pace bowling. Australia's spin show, though, was a success story, managing to shush the threat from time to time, to never allow India full control of proceedings.
Heading into back to back contests, Australia would demand better control from their bowlers especially given India's new-found affinity with maintaining left-right combinations in the middle. A reoccurring theme of Australia's allrounder-heavy playing XI policy has been the consequent underutilization of bowling resources though the hosts are unlikely to tamper with the template that hasn't particularly misfired as yet.
For India, despite their berserk start and seamless transition from the longest to the shortest format, they'd be better served with proactive strike rotation from their top-order that relied heavily on the boundary shots for their runs in powerplay. Case in point: Shafali Verma's 18 came off the three mighty sixes she hit, meaning the opener consumed remaining 11 in dots. Effective utilisation of those could be the key to mounting more pressure on Australia, who are already feeling the heat against a side that has been constantly punching way above its weight.
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10 at 1:40 PM IST | 6:10 PM local
Where: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
What to expect: Sunny days ahead, for both the remaining fixtures.
The hosts had already indicated at rotating their bowling resources, particularly in the pace department, and considering bowling is all Australia got to do in the washed-out game, they could ring in a change or two for Saturday's game and bring them back for refreshed for Sunday's.
Probable XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (C), Ash Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Tayla Vlaeminck/Stella Campbell
The visitors would likely go unchanged into the second game, given that there's very little complaints from the batting department – if any – and the bowlers never got the chance to put on a show.
Probable XI: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh Thakur