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Women’s WT20 2018, Match 2: Australia vs Pakistan – Dream11 Fantasy Tips

Australia is expected to ease through the Pakistan team yet again to get off the mark in the WT20.

Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia is one of the best sides in the T20I format in women’s cricket and it is no wonder that they are the most successful team in it. The Southern Stars have won three World Twenty20 titles of the five editions thus far before losing to the Windies in the final of the tournament in 2016. Their mission to regain the WT20 title starts when they face Pakistan in the second game of the tournament in Guyana. Australia have won each of their last nine T20I matches including the last three against Pakistan.

The three-match T20I series played between the two sides in Malaysia turned out to be one-sided in favour of the Australians which exposed the difference between the two teams. There is uncertainty about Pakistan’s captain as it was announced Javeria Khan will lead them despite the return of Bismah Maroof. But Bismah led Pakistan in both the warm-up matches despite Javeria played in both. However, Javeria’s presence at the pre-tournament meet of captains did clear the confusion.

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Match Details:

The second match of the Women’s World T20 will be played between Australia and Pakistan at Providence Stadium in Guyana. The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (8:00 PM GMT) (1:30 AM IST – Next Day).

Last five completed T20I matches:

Australia: W, W, W, W, W.

Pakistan: L, L, L, W, W.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The game between Australia and Pakistan will be hosted by the Providence Stadium soon after the India-New Zealand game. With as many as three matches to be played at this venue on the opening day, there is a good possibility of laying a batting strip with the pitch getting slower as the day progresses. The Caribbean pitches at best produce games with scores around 120 in the Women’s T20I cricket.

Squads:

Australia:

Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen.

Pakistan: 

Javeria Khan (C), Aiman Anwer, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sana Mir, Sidra Ameen, Sidra Nawaz, Bismah Maroof.

Probable XI:

Australia:

Meg Lanning (C), Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Megan Schutt, Georgia Wareham/Jess Jonassen.

Pakistan: 

Javeria Khan (C), Nahida Khan, Ayesha Zafar, Omaima Sohail, Bismah Maroof, Aiman Anwer, Anam Amin, Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Nawaz, Nida Dar.

Power Picks:

Sophie Molineux claimed seven wickets in three-match T20I series against Pakistan at an average of 7.42 and a strike-rate of 9.4. In the same series, Megan Schutt averaged 7.2 and it is tough to her get away and score against her in this format. The duo holds the key in the game and could well decide the fate of a fantasy team if Pakistan bat first.

Best Playing XI:

Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof, Ashleigh Gardner, Nida Dar, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt, Nashra Sandhu.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Ashleigh Gardner comes out to bat at No.3 as Australia use her to control the game with the bat in the powerplay. Gardner is also a bowling option for the Aussies and could end up bowling her four overs if the pitch assists the spinners, making her an obvious choice for a multiplier role. Lanning’s consistency is another considerable factor while selecting multipliers. Healy has been amongst runs recently and could bag a few points with her glove-work as well.

Expert Advice:

Ellyse Perry and Sana Mir are having a high price-tag in the all-rounders’ category. It is better to ignore both of them to pick better options. Perry bats at No.7 in this format and an off-day in bowling can make a difference. Mir, on the other hand, is far from being a strike-bowler and has picked up only one wicket in the recent T20I series against the Aussies.

Probable Winners:

Australia are expected to ease through the Pakistan team yet again to get off the mark in the WT20.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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