With the series already done and dusted, India will look to salvage some pride when they lock horns with Australia in the fifth and final T20I at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, December 20. The tourists won the last two games on the trot to wrap up the series with one match still to go.
Australia’s batting has been superb throughout the series as they have racked up scores in excess of 170 in each of the first four encounters. However, they will miss the services of skipper Alyssa Healy after injuring her right calf in the last game. Tahlia McGrath will lead the side in her absence and has asserted that the side have enough firepower to replace Healy.
The @AusWomenCricket will be without skipper Alyssa Healy tonight for the final T20 of their India tour, but stand-in skipper Tahlia McGrath says the squad has 'got plenty of options' to cover her #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/VJLKQoeTLZ
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 20, 2022
India, on the other hand, have played well in clutches but have failed to seal the crunch moments. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side will be desperate to register a consolation win and reduce the deficit.
Details: India (IND) vs Australia (AUS)
Date & Time: December 20th 2022, 7 PM IST
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
The Brabourne surface has been excellent to bat on and the bowlers will have to be wary of their line and length to keep the batters in check. Another high-scoring game is on the cards.
Predicted Playing XIs
India (IND): Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Devika Vaidya, Richa Ghosh (wk), Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Anjali Sarvani, Renuka Thakur Singh.
Australia (AUS): Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney (wk), Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Annabel Sutherland, Heather Graham, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown.
Australia are likely to test their bench strength after winning the series. India, on the other hand, will go full throttle and look to pull one back and end the series on a winning note. With the urge on their side, the hosts are likely to win this encounter. Betway has also placed its bet on India to win the last match at 2:50.
IND vs AUS – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Richa Ghosh, Grace Harris, Beth Mooney, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Shafali Verma, Ellyse Perry (vc), Deepti Sharma, Megan Schutt, Renuka Thakur Singh, Darcie Brown, Anjali Sarvani
Fantasy Team 2: Richa Ghosh, Beth Mooney (c), Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Deepti Sharma (vc), Ashleigh Gardner, Alana King, Renuka Thakur Singh, Darcie Brown