India Women and Australia Women will lock horns in a five-match T20I series with the first T20I being held on Friday, December 9 at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.
India Women will have odds stacked against them when they take on top-ranked Australia Women.
The Women in Blue don’t hold an enviable record against the Aussies in the format, having won only six times out of 25. India Women’s last win over Australia came way back in February 2020 during the T20 World Cup when Poonam Yadav’s four for 19 gave the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side a 17-run win in Sydney.
The last time the two teams clashed, it was during a thrilling Commonwealth Games final where Australia edged India out by nine runs to win the gold.
IND-W VS AUS-W HEAD-TO-HEAD IN T20IS
An India Women versus Australia Women T20I fixture is yet to witness a centurion. Ashleigh Gardner came closes to it when she struck a 57-ball 93 in Melbourne while Smriti Mandhana’s 83 off 55 is the closest an Indian has come to achieving the milestone. Jhulan Goswami and Jess Jonassen are the only bowlers to pick fifers in T20Is between India Women and Australia Women.
India Women haven’t enjoyed much success against the mighty Aussies even at home. They have only managed winning the lone T20I in seven attempts, the solitary win coming back in March 2012 in Visakhapatnam.
Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, captain and vice-captain, respectively, are among the top run-getters in T20Is between India Women and Australia Women. If India hopes to spring a surprise and pull off a rare series win against the Aussies, it will need both Harmanpreet and Mandhana to fire.
Among active cricketers, Rajeshwari Gayakwad leads the race for most wickets by an Indian against Australia in T20Is and once again will be crucial for the host in the five-match series.
MOST RUNS IN IND-W VS AUS-W T20IS
|Batter||Matches||Runs||Average||Strike Rate||Highest Score|
|Harmanpreet Kaur (IND)||24||591||28.14||106.67||65|
|Beth Mooney (AUS)||16||558||42.92||122.10||78*|
|Meg Lanning (AUS)||21||508||29.88||104.52||49|
|Smriti Mandhana (IND)||16||495||33.00||130.26||83|
|Alyssa Healy (AUS)||21||371||23.18||139.47||90|
MOST WICKETS IN IND-W VS AUS-W T20IS
|Bowler||Matches||Wickets||Economy Rate||Average||Best Bowling|
|Ellyse Perry (AUS)||20||22||5.30||15.00||4/12|
|Jess Jonassen (AUS)||17||21||5.47||12.90||5/12|
|Megan Schutt (AUS)||11||17||6.78||17.23||4/18|
|Jhulan Goswami (IND)||12||16||5.84||16.37||5/11|
|Rajeshwari Gayakwad (IND)||11||15||7.60||19.26||3/21|