Having already secured a semi-final berth at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, India will have the liberty to make a few experiments as they look to consolidate their position at the top of the table going into the knockout stages. Sri Lanka, after losing both their encounters so far, will have to sort out a few things in a bid to get back to get their tournament back on track at the Junction Oval, in Melbourne.
(Last 10 T20Is)
India - Won 7 | Lost 3
Sri Lanka - Won 0 | Lost 10
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If India bat first
If Sri Lanka bat first
Amongst venues that have hosted more than one Women’s T20I in Australia since the start of 2019, Junction Oval has been the best bowling ground. Bowlers have managed a wicket every 18.6 balls in five matches here with batters averaging 22 runs per wicket. The only game here so far in the tournament between India and New Zealand was a relatively low-scoring affair.
Past data on bowler types that do well
Spinners have been head and shoulders ahead of their pace bowling counterparts at this venue in terms of wickets, economy, strike-rate and average. They have picked up a wicket every 17.4 balls here in WT20Is since the start of 2019 as compared to pacers who have a strike-rate of 24.8. Left-arm orthodox spinners and leg-spinners with a bowling strike-rate of 13.8 and 16 respectively have been most successful here.
Bowlers in this match - Whom to pick?
Sri Lankan bowlers
Batters in this match- Whom to pick?
Sri Lankan batters
Group A (10 - 11.5 credits)
Options - Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Chamari Athapaththu
Smriti Mandhana - With 642 runs to her name, the stylish left-handed opener has scored the most number of runs since 2019. Mandhana however hasn't been able to get going in this tournament, and against Sri Lanka she averages just 13.7 in 12 matches.
Harmanpreet Kaur - The Indian skipper did score a century against New Zealand in the last edition of the T20 World Cup, but hasn't been in great form of late. That knock came on November 9, 2018 and since then she hasn't managed a single 50-plus score. In this World Cup, she has scores of 1, 8 and 2.
Chamari Athapaththu - Since the start of 2019, Athapaththu has scored 362 runs in 11 innings averaging a strong 32.9. She is Sri Lanka's leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in this time frame. Picking her in your team is a no-brainer.
Group B (9 - 9.5 credits)
Options - Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Dilani Manodara, Harshitha Madavi, Shashikala Siriwardene, Udeshika Prabodhani
Jemimah Rodrigues - The right-hander has scored 191 runs at 63.66 against Sri Lanka in five T20Is. With two fifties to her name, Rodrigues also has a strike rate of 155.28 against the Islanders.
Poonam Yadav - With eight wickets to her name, she is currently the tournament's leading wicket-taker. The legspinner has taken the most number of wickets in T20Is since 2018, and also has an average of 13.06 and a strike rate of 13.5 in the 11 T20Is she has played against Sri Lanka.
Shashikala Siriwardene - The 35-year-old has a batting average of 24.5 against India in T20Is and has also picked up 10 wickets at a strike rate of 25.5.
Group C (8 - 8.5 credits)
Options - Taniya Bhatia, Richa Ghosh, Shafali Verma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Harleen Deol, Pooja Vastrakar, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Anushka Sanjeewani, Harshitha Madavi, Hasini Perera, Ama Kanchana, Nilakshi de Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Umesha Thimashini, Sathya Sandeepani, Kavisha Dilhari, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari.
Shafali Verma - The 16-year-old opener has a strike rate of 147.97, which is the best in Women's T20Is (minimum 300 runs). So far in this World Cup, Shafali has smashed 114 runs at a strike rate of 172.72. If there is anyone who can get you extra points with her boundary-hitting skills, it's Shafali.
Deepti Sharma - The right-arm offspinner has taken 11 wickets in death overs (16-20) since 2019, most by any bowler.
Shikha Pandey - India's only frontline seamer, Shikha has contributed in both the games and has taken five wickets at an economy of 4.14.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad - The left-arm spinner has picked up a wicket every 14.7 deliveries, best by any Indian bowler in the last 14 months.
Taniya Bhatia - The wicketkeeper-batter batted at No. 3 against New Zealand and scored 23. India will most probably go with four spinners and Bhatia can give you enough points from behind the stumps as well.
*Sri Lankan options - Not a single bowler from Sri Lanka apart from Athapaththu has a strike rate of less than 30 since 2019. When it comes to batting, again, every batter apart from the Sri Lankan captain has a runs/innings of less than 20. So, keep the count of Sri Lankan players as low as possible.