Meg Lanning’s Melbourne Stars will play against Rachael Haynes’s Sydney Thunders on Sunday for the WBBL title. This will be a clash between the two most experienced Australian women cricketers and it will be interesting to see whether the Captain of the Australian women team comes out victorious or will the Australian Vice-captain gets the chance to lift the trophy.
This will be the final match of the 2020 Women Big Bash League and will be played on 28th November (Sunday) at North Sydney Oval Cricket Ground, Sydney. The game is scheduled to begin at 01:40 PM IST.
Melbourne Stars were the toppers in the league phase and had relatively smooth sailing in this season’s WBBL. They defeated Perth Scorchers in the 1st Semi-final by 7 wickets. They have never been the WBBL champions and this season looks like the year they could end the silverware drought.
Sydney Thunders, the inaugural WBBL Champions, were 3rd in the league phase and defeated pretty strong Brisbane Heat by 12 runs in the 2nd Semi-Final. Melbourne Stars will be hoping that their inspirational captain Meg Lanning inspires her team to win their first-ever WBBL title.
The temperature is expected to be around 36 degree Celsius on the match day, with 43% humidity and 21 Km/hr wind speed. The sky will be partly cloudy but the game will proceed as scheduled.
The surface at North Oval Sydney is neutral and both batters and bowlers will enjoy the assistance, spinners, in particular, will get a little bit of extra assistance as the game progresses. An average score of 135 is expected in the first innings. Toss could play a role in deciding whether to put a score on the board or chase it down. Teams generally choose to bat first in pressure matches like a final.
WON – 5, LOST – 2, TIED – 0 (Last 7 matches on this ground)
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Melbourne Stars Women: Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Natalie Sciver,
Annabel Sutherland, Katherine Brunt, Erin Osborne, Alana King, Tess Flintoff, Nicole Faltum, Sophie Day
Bench: Anna Lanning, Holly Ferling, Lucy Cripps, Rosemary Mair, Georgia Gall, Bhavi M Devchand.
Sydney Thunders Women: Tammy Beaumont, Rachel Trenaman, Heather Knight, Rachael Haynes, Phoebe Litchfield, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tahlia Wilson, Hannah Darlington, Laura Smith, Shabnim Ismail, Samantha Bates
Bench: Saskia Horley, Anika Learoyd, Kate Peterson, Samantha Arnold
Meg Lanning is the second-highest run-scorer in this year’s WBBL, she scored a total of 480 runs with an average of 43.64 in 13 innings. She has lead from the front and would like to do the same in the finale as well. Heather Knight has scored 420 runs in 14 innings for the Sydney Thunders with the help of 4 half-centuries and scored these runs at an average of almost 39, and is a vital player in the middle order for the Thunders.
Sammy-Jo Johnson is the highest wicket-taker in this year’s WBBL and she took 20 wickets in 14 matches and played some important knocks with the bat as well. She is the major reason why Thunders could make it to the finals.
Natalie Sciver, the aggressive English all-rounder, had an impressive season especially with the ball as she hunted 19 scalps in 13 matches and will have the responsibilities to provide breakthroughs for her team in the finals as well. Rachael Haynes will hold the responsibilities of the middle order for the Thunders, she scored 316 runs this season with the help of two match-winning fifties and also made 48 in the semi-final game, and brought her side to the finale.
Captain options– Sammy-Jo Johnson, Hannah Darlington, Meg Lanning
Vice-Captain options– Rachael Hynes, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver
Keeper – Tahlia Wilson
Batswomen – Meg Lanning, Rachael Trenaman, Rachael Haynes.
All-rounder – Sammy-Jo Johnson (c), Natalie Sciver (vc), Heather Knight
Bowlers – Alana King, Hannah Darlington, Sam Bates, Sophie Day
Keeper – Tahlia Wilson
Batswomen – Elyse Villani, Meg Lanning (vc), Phoebe Litchfield, Rachael Haynes
All-rounder – Natalie Sciver, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Annabel Sutherland
Bowlers – Alana King, Hannah Darlington (c), Sam Bates.
All-rounders are always important on a neutral pitch and the likes of Sammy-Jo Johnson and Hannah Darlington will be very crucial for their sides as well as your fantasy teams. Also, the reliable batters like Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes will be crucial picks for the fantasy teams.
Both the teams, on paper, are balanced and have momentum on their side but with the home advantage, we feel Sydney Thunders have a slight advantage over Melbourne Stars and are favourites to win this game.
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