New Zealand Women’s battle to level the series
Australia Women to win this game
New Zealand Women would have to play a catch-up game against Australia Women as the two sides get into the second game of the three-match T20 series in Brisbane. It was poor efforts with the bat from Kiwi girls that led to their 17-run loss in the first game. They bowled well but with the bat the side looked rusty and they will need to bounce back for the next game.
Australia Women have dominated the games between the two sides in the recent years and they have won the last six games played between the two sides. The hosts however will need a better show from their openers who fell cheaply in the last game and added pressure on the other batters. New Zealand Women will have to play out of their skins to win this game against the hosts who would be going for the kill in this game.
Meg Lanning would be extremely happy with the way her bowlers performed in the first game. They were tight with their line and length and defended the small score successfully. But the skipper would hope to see better show with the bat from her side especially the openers as the Kiwis are likely to come back strongly in the next game.
Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney will need to offer a better start in this game as both of them went out cheaply in the series opener. The middle order did well in the last game with Lanning and Rachael Haynes playing good knocks. It was however Ashleigh Gardner’s electrifying innings that made the difference in the game and the trio will look to continue with the good show. The side will however expect better finish from the likes of Nicola Carey and Sophie Molineux in this game.
Megan Schutt was at her best with the new ball and her four-wicket haul would add to her confidence in the next game. Jess Johnson and Molineux also bowled tight spells in the game. Delissa Kimmince looked good as well troubling the Kiwi batters. All in all they have a strong bowling attack with Georgia Wareham and Gardner adding to the options for the skipper.
Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince
Sophie Devine’s side looked in poor form with the bat as they suffered a loss in the last game. The skipper would be upset with her players as they had dominated the game through the Australian innings only to let the initiative slip through their hands in the final overs. Devine would like to see better efforts with the bat from her side and bring an end to the losing run against the Aussies.
Devine did well with the bat but she will need good support from Maddy Green in the next game opening the batting. Suzie Bates also played well but the rest of the batters disappointed. They will need to come up with a better show in this game especially Amy Satterthwaite, Amelia Kerr and Katey Martin. They can’t afford to throw away their wickets in this game and shall also have to improve their strike rate.
It was a good effort from their bowlers to keep the Aussies to a small total and the side will expect a similar start with the new ball from Rosemary Mair and Lea Tahuhu. Skipper Devine was the pick of the bowlers in the last game and she will look to continue with the same form. With Bates and Kerr in the bowling attack they have good bowling strength to trouble the hosts.
Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin (wk), Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Lauren Down, Katie Perkins, Rosemary Mair, Lea Tahuhu
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||2.19 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|03h||24||0 mm.||0.57 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|06h||22||0 mm.||4.48 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|09h||18||0 mm.||3.16 k/h||From: E||0%|
|12h||17||0 mm.||3.56 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||4 k/h||From: SSE||35%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||2.95 k/h||From: S||34%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||2.6 k/h||From: S||6%|
The skies over Brisbane would be absolutely clear on September 27 and this would make a good setting for the game. The pitch is two paced and this doesn’t allow the batters to play their strokes freely. They will need to be watchful and play according to the merit of the ball. Any score of 140 and above would be a fighting total on this track.
Allan Border Field, Brisbane is known for being a good venue for T20 cricket as it balances it out nicely between the batters and the bowlers. The small size of the ground offers plenty of hitting opportunity but there are good rewards from the surface for the fast bowlers who can seam the ball. Spinners have also done well here using the slowness of the surface.
The wicket offered good support to the bowlers in the early overs in the last game. It’s an early afternoon game and there would be some support for the bowlers in the early overs of the game. Both the captains would look to use this opportunity well and we expect the side winning the toss to bowl first on this wicket.
New Zealand Women have an uphill challenge as they go into the second game. Their batting is looking in bad shape at the moment and this is something they will need to fix ahead of this game. Their recent record against Australia Women doesn’t inspire much of confidence. The hosts on the other hand will be looking to continue with their domination. Playing at home they have better knowledge of the conditions which will make them favorites in this game.
Australia Women to win this game