Indian women cricketers take on Australia in T20 tri-series

Mumbai: Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur flanked by Australia's team captain Meg Lanning and England team captain Heather Knight pose for a photo with the winner's trophy ahead of the Women's T20I Tri-series at Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad (PTI3_21_2018_000022A)

Vastavam web: Whitewashed by Australia in the three-match ODI rubber, the Indian women cricketers would be hoping for a reversal of fortunes when they clash with the same rivals in the lung-opener of the T20 tri-series starting here on Thursday.England is the third team to figure in the tournament in which all matches will be played at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium.But having surrendered the ODI series rather tamely to Australia, it will be an uphill ask for the Harmanpreet Kaur- led side to face the same opponents, although the format is different.

With back-to-back half centuries, Smriti Mandhana was the top run-getter for Indian women during the ODI series against Australia and she would look to continue her good run.India women also possess other good batswomen like Veda Krishnamurthy and all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar, who scored a crucial 51 in the first ODI. Young Mumbai girl Jemimah Rodrigues too showed her skills when she scored a racy 42 after being asked to open the innings in third ODI.

With experienced Jhulun Goswami back in the mix, it the seam attack looks more or less settled as Shikha Pandey would look to share the burden after taking five wickets during the ODI series.On the other hand, the Aussies will be aiming to continue their form and keep the winning momentum going.

Their skipper Meg Lanning, who failed to convert her starts in the ODI series, would be hungry to get some runs under her belt.Wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy, who scored a magnificent 133 in the final ODI at Vadodara, is among runs and poses a big threat to the Indian bowlers.

Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen too have proved to be a difficult customer for the Indians as she picked eight wickets during the ODI series. Other spinners Amanda-Jade Wellington and Ashleigh Gardner too have done well and the hosts will have to careful against them.