The first semi-final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will be played on Thursday, in Cape Town, between two of the strongest contenders in the tournament: Australia and India.
In this article, we will preview the mega-clash, and help you with making the best Dream11 Team for the first semi-final.’
Australia, as usual, were rampant in the group stage, winning all their 4 matches, and all by comfortable margins. Meg Lanning’s team will enter today’s semi-final as overwhelming favorites.
India finished second in their group, behind England, by winning 3 out of 4 group matches. But there weren’t convincing in their last two matches – a 11-run loss to England and a narrow 5-run (DLS) win over Ireland. Multiple Indian players will have to bring their best game if they have to stand a chance to beat Australia.
When is the Ind-W vs Aus-W 1st semi-final T20 World Cup 2023?
The India-Australia semi-final in Cape Town will be start on Thursday, February 23, at 6:30 PM IST (3pm local time). The match will be aired on Star Sports 1 and its live streaming will be available on Disney+Hotstar.
While the pitch at the Newlands, Cape Town, has been good for batting so far in the tournament, only the better batters have been able to score big. Teams with stronger bowling attacks have done considerable damage.
Cape Town has also seen a spate of matches – first South Africa’s domestic season, then SA20, and now the T20 WC – this means that the par score for the semi-final can be taken as around 160, instead of the usual 175-180.
Team winning the toss should elect to bat first as the pitch slows down later on.
Ind-W vs Aus-W 1st semi-final T20 World Cup 2023 playing XI:
Alyssa Healy will be back after being rested from the last group game.
Australia probable XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Ash Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, Georgia Wareham, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland/Darcie Brown
India will be hoping for Radha Yadav to be fit after missing the Ireland game.
India probable XI: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Richa Ghosh (wk), Jemima Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav/Devika Vaidya, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Thakur
Ind-w vs Aus-w 1st semi-final T20 World Cup 2023 Match Prediction:
Australia are certainly the favorites in the semi-final against India, given the contrasting form of both the teams, plus Australian players’ big-match pedigree.
Ind-W vs Aus-W 1st semi-final T20 World Cup 2023 Dream11 team and tips for small leagues:
Among the Indian players, go with only the ones you are confident with, such as Mandhana, Renuka and Deepti, while packing your Dream 11 team with Australian players.
Here is our Dream11 team:
You may also switch your VC to Deepti if India are bowling first.