The Australian women’s cricket team is ahead 2-1 in the series.
India will have to win the fourth T20 to remain in the series.
Mumbai. Hosts India would like to make some big improvements in their bowling department in the fourth women’s T20 international of ‘do or die’ against Australia on Saturday (December 17), so that they can keep the series alive. The Indian team is currently trailing 1-2 in the five-match series and it is necessary for them to register a win in this match to stay in the series. This series is very important before the T20 World Cup starting on February 3 in South Africa. When Ramesh Powar was the head coach, he took good care of the bowling department but after his departure, India is without a full-time bowling coach.
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur admitted after the third match that her team was missing a bowling coach. And India’s fast bowling attack is not even that experienced, so India has to deal with many problems. Indian bowlers have allowed a score of more than 170 runs in all three matches. They could not defend the target of 172 runs in the first match, in the second match they gave away 187 runs and in the third the opponent team scored 172 runs.
Meghna Singh has not been tested well while pace spearhead Renuka Singh needs favorable conditions to come out with a stellar performance. While the bowling has not lived up to the expectations, fielding coach Subhadeep Ghosh will also have to work hard as the fielders have not been so good in terms of taking catches and in the field.
India will also have a lot of work to do in the batting department. The biggest issue of the team has been to ‘rotate the strike’. Shefali Verma, Richa Ghosh and captain Harmanpreet are India’s three ‘powerhitters’ while Smriti Mandhana can time the ball well but she is not ‘rotating the strike’ and the captain mentioned this after the defeat in the last match. Indian batsmen are playing a lot of ‘dot’ balls in each match.
The focus will now be on Jemima Rodrigues who has so far scored zero, four and 16 runs in three matches. The middle-order batsman was one of the strong players in the Indian team that reached the final of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. They also have to score runs. At the same time, the Australian team would like to name the series in one match.
Captain Alyssa Healy is doing a good job and the wicket-keeper batsman would like to convert her debut into a big score. Opener Beth Mooney is in excellent form and is the highest run-scorer in the series, she would like to continue this momentum.
Both the teams are as follows:
India : Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice Captain), Shefali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Jemima Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Renuka Singh Thakur, Meghna Singh, Anjali Saravani, Devika Vaidya, S Meghna, Richa Ghosh and Harleen Deol.
Australia : Alyssa Healy (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), D’Arcy Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashley Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebo Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Alyssa Perry, Megan Schutt and Annabel Sutherland.
The match will start at 7 pm Indian time.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 16, 2022, 22:13 IST