Megan Schutt
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Ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final against India, Australia star Megan Schutt has made it clear that she does not like playing against Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana. Megan Schutt will be dreaming of lifting the World Cup in front of her home crowd after helping Australia beat South Africa in the semifinal.

She took a crucial two for 17 to down South Africa by five runs and take her side to Sunday’s showpiece against India. But ahead of the title-decider, Megan Schutt admitted she quakes at the sight of India’s top-order big guns, who flayed her for 16 in her opening over of the tournament.

“I just hate playing India – they’ve got the wood over me,” she said.

“Smriti and Verma have got me covered. That six Shafali hit me for in the tri-series was probably the biggest one I’ve ever been hit for,” she added. “There are obviously some plans we’re going to revisit as bowlers. Clearly, I’m not the best match-up to those two in the Powerplay. They find me quite easy to play.

Megan Schutt was taken to cleaners by Verma and Mandhana in the very first over of last month’s tri-series, crashed for four by the teenager from the first ball and lifted for six from Mandhana. Her T20I career economy rate stands at 5.98 but it rises to 6.93 against India.

Australia, meanwhile, overcame rain threat and survived a major scare to beat South Africa and storm into the final. Rain threatened to play spoilsport after washing out the first semifinal between India and England. A washout would have seen South Africa progress on the virtue of finishing higher in the group stage.

But fortunately for Australia, the game went ahead and they defended 98 runs in 13 overs to book their place in the final.

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