The Clontarf Cricket Club will witness an exciting clash between Ireland Women and Australia Women on the 23rd of July, 2023, in the first ODI of the series. While Australia Women hold the number one spot in the ICC Women's ODI Rankings, their recent performance in the Women's Ashes was not up to their usual standards, suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of England Women.
Led by Alyssa Healy, Australia Women may not appear as intimidating as before, but they possess the ability to deliver a collective blow against their Irish opponents. The top bookmakers in India have interesting odds for this ODI match.
On the other hand, Ireland Women haven't been in their best form in ODI cricket, losing a recent three-match series to West Indies Women by 2-0. Despite the series' loss, the team witnessed impressive performances from players like Gaby Lewis, Laura Delany, and Orla Prendergast. Capable of causing an upset on their day, Ireland Women have previously defeated Australia Women in warm-up matches during the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, and they will be eager to replicate that success.
Australia women to win the match
The betting tip is...
Beth Mooney to be the highest scorer of the match
The Irish side will look to rely on their key players to shine against the mighty Australians. Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, and Laura Delany will be crucial with the bat, aiming to anchor the innings and set up a competitive total. Captain Laura Delany will play a pivotal role not only with her leadership but also as a reliable all-rounder.
Ireland will be going with the strongest XI, hoping for a win against all the odds.
Predicted Lineup: Leah Paul, Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Laura Delany (CAP), Amy Hunter (WK), Rebecca Stokell, Arlene Kelly, Louise Little, Ava Canning, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray
Australia Women's batting line-up boasts experienced players like Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy, who are capable of taking the game away from the opposition. Ellyse Perry's all-round abilities add depth and balance to the team. However, the team will have to address their recent inconsistencies and find their winning form once again.
The Australia team consisting of Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, and Annabel Sutherland are expected to start.
Predicted Lineup: Beth Mooney, Phoebe Litchfield, Alyssa Healy (WK&CAP), Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Annabel Sutherland, Kim Garth, Georgia Wareham
With Australia Women's recent struggle in the Women's Ashes and Ireland Women's potential to cause upsets, the first ODI promises to be an intriguing battle. While Australia Women may hold the edge due to their higher ranking and overall experience, Ireland Women's recent win against them in the warm-up matches will certainly be fresh in their minds. However, considering the overall form and strength of the Australian side, they are likely to bounce back and clinch the victory in the opening match of the series.