After the first Australia vs. Ireland match was a washout due to bad weather, there was far more pressure on the second game in the three-match series. It wasn’t a major surprise that Australia defeated Ireland by 153 runs, but it does mean that Ireland can draw the ODI series with a win in the third game. There will be no T20I or Test games after this.
Ireland Women vs. Australia Women will again be played at Castle Avenue, Dublin, on July 28th. If you prefer to bet on apps, then be sure to read our tips on the best betting apps.
IREW VS AUSW TEAM PREVIEWS
It was never going to be easy for Ireland against such a tough opponent like Australia, but it will still be nice for them to fight a bit more in the third game.
We hoped Gaby Lewis could spark a batting resurgence, but she managed just 37 runs. Delaney was also quite poor with 18 runs, but the biggest revelation was Hunter’s 50. She’s been getting steadily better for Ireland in only 15 innings, but if she can push her average beyond 26.92 and be more aggressive, then Ireland can potentially win, but she needs help from Lewis.
While 3 Irish bowlers were continually smashed around the ground and didn’t take a wicket, there was one ray of sunshine with Dempsey’s bowling, who managed to take four wickets for only 54 runs after 10 overs. Murray did take two wickets, but allowed 93 runs and managed a pretty terrible Economy Rate of 9.30. Dempsey needs to replicate this form in Game 3!
Although Australia took a convincing win after batting first and making a huge score of 321, there was a slight sour note. Perry was incredible after top scoring for the team with 91 from 99 deliveries, but she ended the match with a minor knee injury that will put her attendance in peril for Game 3.
Batting isn’t a concern for Oz, as Mooney (49) and Gardner (65) will continue to perform well, but you’d still like to see more from Healy, who hasn’t hit over 25 runs in her last 5 matches. If Perry can’t play, then opening batter Litchfield will have to step up, as she has just a combined 7 runs in her last 3 matches.
The bowling went as well as expected, as the Aussies removed Ireland for only 168 runs after 38.2 overs. It was a shock to see Gardner only pick up 1 wicket, as she’s had 9 in her last three matches. Still, others were great on the team, especially spinner Wareham with 3/33 after 10 overs (ER: 3.30). Garth was also fantastic with 1/9 after six overs (ER: 1.50).
IREW VS AUSW TOSS PREDICTION
If they win the toss, captains nearly always opt to bowl first, although this didn’t work out well for Ireland in the second match. Teams should still bowl first, when possible.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The Castle Avenue pitch is commonly regarded as ideal for bowlers because spinners can get a lot of turn on it, even if it generally produces minimal bounce. The sluggish outfield may make it difficult for batters to find many boundaries, but both teams seemed to do well in the second game
IREW VS AUSW BETTING TIPS
It’s evident that Australia is again the clear favourite in this game, but if you check the Parimatch odds, then you’ll find that it’s simply not worth placing a bet on the Aussies. The money return is practically nothing, so if you want to take a risk, then bet on Ireland because their odds are incredible, but we honestly believe that Australia will win again. You can make some money, however, from other bets in this match.