Australia Women dominated the hosts in the first T20I and earned a comfortable win.
Back Australia Women to win the 2nd T20I.
Australia Women started their limited-overs tour to New Zealand in style after clinching the first T20I with ease. A polished bowling performance and a star turn by Ashleigh Gardner in the chase helped Australia Women take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. The world champions showed exactly why they are the No.1 side in the format and it will now take something special from New Zealand Women to upstage this team.
New Zealand Women lost the first T20I in the first innings itself after they could only muster 130-6 in their 20 overs. While the wicket definitely wasn’t a batting paradise, they would need much more to challenge this strong Australian batting unit.
New Zealand Women have enough strength in their batting: the experience of skipper Sophie Devine at the top and then Amy Satterthwaite and Amelia Kerr in the middle. Satterthwaite was the top-scorer for the team in the last match with a well-composed 40 (off 31 balls) but would need more support from the others. A Maddy Green came lower down the order would be really helpful.
New Zealand’s bowling was good initially when they had pegged Australia to 14-3 by the 4th over in the chase. However, they soon ran out of steam. Frances Mackay and Jess Kerr looked potent enough but the likes of Rosemary Mair, Amelia Kerr, and Sophie Devine would need to be much better in the middle overs or they will be punished again.
Sophie Devine (c), Hayley Jensen, Amy Satterthwaite, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin (wk), Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Frances Mackay, Hannah Rowe, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair
Jess Kerr, Amy Satterthwaite, Brooke Halliday, Hannah Rowe, Hayley Jensen, Rosemary Mair, Maddy Green, Frances Mackay, Amelia Kerr, Thamsyn Newton, Katey Martin
Australia Women were absolutely clinical in the first match and would be looking to continue that momentum forward. The entire bowling unit contributed to pushing the home team back to a total of just 130 after they chose to bowl first. Spinner Jess Jonassen was the star of the show with a spell of 3-26 in her 4 overs. But Tayla Vlaeminck (0-26), Megan Schutt (1-26), and Georgia Wareham (1-18) all delivered economical 4-over spells. The spin duo of Jonassen and Wareham, along with the seamers will be quite handy on these surfaces.
Australia’s batting endured a little wobble in the chase as they were stuck at 14-3 in 4 overs at one point. However, a scintillating unbeaten 73* off 48 balls by Ashleigh Gardner and a solid supporting role by Ellyse Perry (23* off 16 balls) saw them home with two overs to spare. With a power-packed batting line-up that includes the likes of these two, apart from Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, captain Meg Lanning, and Rachael Haynes, New Zealand have their task cut out in this series.
Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck
Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Darcie Brown, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Wareham, Ashleigh Gardner, Nicola Carey, Rachael Haynes
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||0 mm.||3.03 k/h||From: N||100%|
|03h||22||0.22 mm.||3.67 k/h||From: N||100%|
|06h||20||0.24 mm.||3.15 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|09h||18||4.85 mm.||1.06 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|12h||18||0.37 mm.||2.5 k/h||From: NW||100%|
|15h||17||0.21 mm.||1.87 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||2.79 k/h||From: N||100%|
|21h||17||1.24 mm.||1.97 k/h||From: N||100%|
The track at McLean Park in Napier is a good batting surface. However, seam bowlers and spinners both will get some purchase throughout the innings. Batters will have to be cautious at the start when the ball gets movement from the surface. But as it settles down, there are runs for the taking.
The weather in Napier on the day of the game will be cloudy and pleasant.
There have just been 3 T20Is played at McLean Park in Napier and two have been won by the team batting second. Two of those matches were high-scoring affairs, and one was a low-scoring-encounter. The highest total achieved on the venue is a colossal 241-3 by England against New Zealand in November 2019. It will be interesting to see the kind of surface we get in this game. The team batting first would be looking to set a target of around 170-180 runs.
The team winning the toss will look to bat second as chasing is likely to be the way to go on this venue.
Australia Women have now won 4 of the last 5 T20Is they have played against New Zealand Women. While New Zealand do have the home advantage, Australia currently is just too strong in all departments. They have a powerful batting unit and have enough varieties in their bowling. New Zealand have a good batting unit too but would need to go harder. Their bowling will have to be much better as well. Expect Australia Women to dominate the 2nd T20I too unless the Kiwis play out of their skin.
Back Australia Women to win the 2nd T20I.