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Australia Women lead the head-to-head record against India with 22 wins compared to 7.
Australia have defeated India in four of the previous five clashes between the two teams.
Australia Women were unbeaten in the group stage whereas India suffered a loss against England.
The head-to-head record between Australia and India women doesn't reflect it but they do share a competitive rivalry in recent years. They have faced each other 30 times in T20 cricket, with Australia winning 22 matches and India claiming seven. Australia are a formidable side with quality throughout the line-up while India have some major holes. We predict Australia Women to win this match.
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Australia Women: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Richa Ghosh (wk), Devika Vaidya, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey
The 2023 edition of the Women's T20 World Cup 2023 has its four semi-finalists with Australia, England, India, and South Africa fighting for the title. The first semifinal will witness India women take on the defending champions Australia at Newlands in Cape Town on Thursday, February 23rd.
The Meg Lanning-led Australia unsurprisingly topped Group 1 with four out of four wins. They're coming off a strong six-wicket victory over South Africa in their final group fixture. The hosts had a good start with a 54-run opening stand but Australia managed to pull things back.
Georgia Wareham picked 2 for 18 while the rest of the bowlers chipped in to restrict South Africa to just 124/6. Australia were in a bit of trouble having lost their top three for 40 in seven overs. Tahlia McGrath then came out with a mission, blasting 57 off 33. She added 81 runs for the fourth wicket with Ashleigh Gardner (28*) as they clinched the game with 21 balls to spare.
Harmanpreet Kaur's India finished second on the Group 2 table with three wins out of four games. Their only loss came against England. India women are coming off a five-run win over Ireland via DLS method in a rain-affected contest.
Batting first, India's batters struggled badly to get going barring Smriti Mandhana. The left-hander smashed her career-best 87 off 56 to power the total to 155/6. They sent two batters back in the hut in the first over before Gaby Lewis scored 32* off 25. Ireland were 54/2 in 8.2 overs before rain interrupted the match.
India and Australia have met on the big stage twice in recent times - the finals of the previous T20 World Cup and Commonwealth Games. Australia came out on top on both occasions and India would be seeking revenge.
Australia had rested Alyssa Healy in the previous fixture for precautionary reasons and she should be back for the semi-final. She forms the top order with Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning. The middle order of Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, and Grace Harris can be very destructive. Megan Schutt and Darcie Brown head the pace unit with Perry and McGrath as supporting options. The spin attack of Gardner, Alana King, and Georgia Wareham is capable of squeezing the opposition.
India have some superstars in the side but they haven't been in great form, especially captain Kaur. Shafali Verma also struggled in the previous game and Jemimah Rodrigues hasn't done much after the first game. Smriti Mandhana at the top and Richa Ghosh at the back end will hold the key to posting a strong total. Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh, and Shikha Pandey form the pace unit. Radha Yadav missed the last game but if fit, could replace Rajeshwari Gayakwad to form a spin attack alongside Deepti Sharma and Devika Vaidya.
Ellyse Perry has transformed her game to a whole new level and she has been in incredible touch with the bat. The veteran superstar has scored 273 runs in the last 10 matches at an average of 68 while striking an exceptional 158. Perry has six overs in the tournament and has picked three wickets at 5 RPO.
Richa Ghosh has quickly become one of the most crucial players on the Indian side. Her ability to score quickly is just what this side needs in the middle order. She has been in good form, scoring 122 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 140 while being dismissed only once.
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What: Australia Women vs India Women, 1st Semi-final, Women's T20 World Cup 2023
Where: Newlands, Cape Town
When: February 23, 2023 / 8:00 AM EST
How to watch: Star Sports Network / Disney+ Hotstar app, SportsMax (Caribbean), Fox Sports / Foxtel app (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (South Africa), Willow TV (USA), Sky Sports Cricket / Sky Go app (United Kingdom)
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