The opening match of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 will take place between AUS v IND at Sydney Showground today at 19:00 local, 08:00 GMT.
Australia is the No. 1 T20I team in the world and has won four titles since the tournament started in 2010. The defending champions are one of the favorites of the tournament and would like to add more silverware to the cabinet until they won their first title at home this year.
The hosts had a heavy blow on the eve of the opening game when their fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck was kicked out of the tournament with a foot stress injury. She was replaced by the off-spinner Molly Strano. Strano comes into play with excellent WBBL numbers and was recently successful in the A series between the two teams against India.
While the first warm-up game for Australia and India was canceled in Brisbane, the hosts won their second warm-up game against South Africa in the last game, while India scored a dramatic two-run win in a game against West Indies.
What Happened Last Time?
Earlier this month, the two teams were in the final of the women’s tri-series, which included England. While India won a group game against Meg Lanning’s team, Australia won the title after defeating India with eleven runs at the Melbourne Junction Oval.
Australia scored 155/6 of their 20 overs with courtesy of Beth Mooney’s flaming 54-ball 71 *. Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad took two gates each for their side. In response, India lost three gates in the first 10 overs, but opener Smriti Mandhana remained firm. She scored the first goal with a fiery 37-Ball 66 that had 12 fours before being released by Megan Rubble on the 15th.
Spinner Jess Jonassen then destroyed the chaos and ran through India’s middle order and tail. Jonassen returned with a 5:12 win when India retired for 144.
Meg Lanning, Captain of Australia: “It looks like it will be a really good wicket. The Groundsman was very happy with it. Hopefully, it creates a really good competition and is even for both sides.”
Harmanpreet Kaur, Captain of India: “If you want to win a big tournament like the World Cup, you have to appear as a team, and that’s exactly what we want to do.”
“We all know that everyone in India loves cricket, wherever we go we always have our fans out there supporting and we are looking forward to that.”— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) February 20, 2020
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Weather Conditions For IND v AUS | ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020
A partly cloudy evening with a 40% chance of light showers. The field is known for helping slow bowlers, but there is also something for the Quicks in cloudy conditions. The pages show some of the format’s top hitters, so it will be interesting to see how they work. Overall, an entertaining competition awaits you at the Sydney Showground.
Australia Team Squad
- Meg Lanning (Cpatain)
- Erin Burns
- Nicola Carey
- Ashleigh Gardner
- Rachael Haynes
- Alyssa Healy (Keeper)
- Jess Jonassen
- Delissa Kimmince
- Sophie Molineux
- Beth Mooney
- Ellyse Perry
- Megan Schutt
- Molly Strano
- Annabel Sutherland
- Georgia Wareham
India Team Squad
- Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain)
- Taniya Bhatia (Keeper)
- Harleen Deol
- Rajeshwari Gayakwad
- Richa Ghosh
- Veda Krishnamurthy
- Smriti Mandhana
- Shikha Pandey
- Arundhati Reddy
- Jemimah Rodrigues
- Deepti Sharma
- Pooja Vastrakar
- Shafali Verma
- Poonam Yadav
- Radha Yadav
ICC Women’s World Cup 2020 Live broadcast coverage on TV and online streaming | Where to watch on TV and Digital
The ICC’s main global broadcast partner is Star Sport and that is broadcasts across the world through live and highlights television coverage in close to 160 territories.
The 16 broadcast partners confirmed for the event include Star Sports (India and the rest of the Indian Sub-continent (including Sri Lanka)), Fox Sports (Australia), Channel 9 (Australia) Sky Sports (United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland), SuperSport (South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa), Etisalat Criclife (United Arab Emirates), Willow TV (USA & Canada), Sky TV (New Zealand), PTV (Pakistan), ESPN (Caribbean), Gazi TV (Bangladesh), Radio Television Afghanistan (Afghanistan), Fox Networks Group (South East Asia), Digicel (Pacific Islands), Yupp TV (MENA, Continental Europe, and Central Asia), Star Cricket (Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong).
Leading the charge in multi-language production, ICC’s Global Broadcaster, Star Sports, will broadcast all matches in English and India matches (excluding India v Sri Lanka) in five languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, and Kannada. For fans wishing to connect to the tournament via the web or mobile platforms, all matches will be available on Hotstar.
Yupp TV will provide extensive global coverage to over 60 territories including Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland and Faroe Islands, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino and Vatican City, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.