India Women and Australia Women will lock horns in a one-off Test match under the lights, starting September 30 (Thursday) in Queensland. After an exciting ODI series, the focus shifts to the much-awaited pink-ball Test.
India Women will embrace the unknown as they gear up to play their first-ever Test match under the lights against a potent Australia Women side. Mithali Raj & Co will hope to draw confidence from their stellar run in the Test match against England Women a couple of months back.
However, the absence of senior all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur will be a major jolt to India’s chances. A lot will depend on how India Women openers – Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana fare against some top-class Australian bowlers.
Mithali Raj said Harmanpreet Kaur's thumb injury is yet to heal completely.@ESPNcricinfo
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) September 29, 2021
On the other hand, Australia Women will be brimming with confidence after their 2-1 win in the one-dayers. Although they will be without Rachael Haynes, but this is a side to beat led by Meg Lanning.
Match: Australia Women vs India Women, Only Test, India Women’s tour of Australia, 2021.
Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland
Date: September 30, 2021 (Thursday) to October 3, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 11:30 am IST
The skippers are all set for the historic #AUSvIND day-night Test
— ICC (@ICC) September 29, 2021
Predicted Playing XI
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Mithali Raj (c), Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Shikha Pandey.
Australia Women: Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Sophie Molineux, Darcie Brown, Stella Campbell.
India Women vs Australia Women – Live Streaming Details
Sony Sports Network will telecast the match live while it can be live-streamed on the Sony Liv app.
India Women vs Australia Women – Match Prediction
With significant experiences of playing under the lights, Australia women will start as the favorites in the one-off pink-ball Test. While the Indians are expected to put up a tough fight but the sheer lack of training with the pink ball can hurt them badly.