Women’s U19 T20 World Cup | Australia Under 19 vs USA Under 19

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In Group A action, AUSU19s square up against USAU19s. The game will take place at the Willowmoore Park B Field in Benoni. USA played their 1st game at this very venue, so they’ll have better idea of the conditions. Both sides are searching for their 1st win in the competition, having failed to defend their respective totals in the previous game

Top Picks

Claire Moore (AUS), Batter- RHB

  • She became the 1st batter to score a half-century in the competition’s history, having scored 52 runs in the previous game
  • She was in top form during the warm-ups as well with scores of 21* & 25, the latter being the highest score by an Aussie batter in that game
  • She was in good form during the ongoing WNCL back home in Australia, and also finished as the 2nd highest run-getter during the U19 National Championships

Bhumika Bhadriraju (USA), Bowler- OS

  • She had the best figures by an USA bowler in the previous game: 4-0-17-2
  • She was in top form during the warm-ups with figures of:
    4-0-26-2 & 4-0-11-1
  • She has a good record in her short T20I career:
    Inns- 7 | Wkts- 8 | Avg- 14 | SR- 15

Anika Kolan (USA), Batter- RHB

  • She’ll slot in at the No. 3 slot, and will also don the keeping gloves
  • She scored 31* in the warm-up fixture vs UAEU19s
  • With USA fielding plenty of spinners she’s expected to be in business as far as keeping dismissals are concerned

Differential Picks

Milly Illingworth (AUS), All-Rounder- RHB/RAF

  • She is by far the fastest bowler in this tournament and bowls with a Shaun Tait like action
  • The amount of bounce she generated in the previous game was 2nd to none, and she kept hurrying batters up for pace throughout her spell of 3-0-15-0
  • She was in top form during the U19 National Championships:
    Inns- 5 | Wkts- 9 | Avg- 9 | SR- 15

Snigdha Paul (USA), All-Rounder- LHB/RAM

  • She was super impressive with the new ball in the previous game: 3-1-2-1
  • Being the only left handed batter in the side she’ll provide good stability coming in at No. 4 in the batting order
  • She’s already featured in 8 T20Is for the senior USA side, and was also part of the Barbados Royals squad during last season’s WCPL

Ritu Singh (USA), All-Rounder- RHB/OS

  • She top scored for USA in the previous game with 22 runs
  • She had an off day with the ball, but is generally a very effective off spinner
  • She had some impressive outings with the ball during last year’s T20I WC Qualifiers

Chloe Ainsworth (AUS), All-Rounder- RHB/RAM

  • She struck twice in her very 1st over in the previous game, and finished with the best figures by an Aussie bowler in that game 2-0-9-2
  • On the back of a good season during the U19 state competition, she made her senior state debut last month during the WNCL

Safe Captaincy Pick

Ella Hayward (AUS), All-Rounder- RHB/OS

  • She stitched a 76 run partnership with Moore in the previous game, and finished with 35 runs
  • With the venue assisting spinners aplenty in the previous game, her off spinners will come in quite handy on this deck
  • She impressed in the warm-up fixture vs INDU19 with figures of 2-0-12-2 & 17* runs with the bat
  • She top scored in the warm-up game vs SAU19s with 34* runs
  • She was the leading run-getter during the U19 National Championships:
    Inns- 8 | Runs- 385 | Avg- 77

Differential Captaincy Pick

Rhys McKenna (AUS), All-Rounder- RHB/RAM

  • She struck in her very 1st over in the previous game, and played a handy cameo of 12* runs from just the 6 balls
  • She picked the most wickets by an Aussie bowler across the warm-up games, including figures of 2-0-7-3 vs SAU19s
  • She’s a regular member of the Melbourne Stars squad in the WBBL and is expected to bring all that top level experience to fruition throughout this tournament

Player to Avoid

Geetika Kodali (USA), Bowler- RAM

  • She bowled only 1 over in the previous game, and isn’t expected to bowl much in this fixture as well
  • She conceded 22 runs off the only over she bowled in the warm-up game vs UAEU19s
  • She’s picked just the 4 wickets at an average of 43.25 across 12 T20Is

Base Team

WK: Anika Kolan

BAT: Claire Moore, Milly Illingworth, Lucy Hamilton

AR: Ella Hayward, Rhys McKenna, Snigdha Paul, Ritu Singh

BOWL: Bhumika Bhadriraju, Chloe Ainsworth, Jade Allen

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