Our prediction is that India Women will defeat New Zealand Women in the last ODI to clinch the series 3-0.
Indian Women team was aware of the importance of this series in terms of getting into, and eventually staying in, the top four teams in the ICC Women’s Championship Trophy to qualify directly for the Women’s World Cup in 2021.
They made a huge dent to that aspiration when they won 2 consecutive matches in the ongoing 3-match series against New Zealand to seal the series and be the 2nd ranked team in the ICC Women's Championship.
For New Zealand, it’s not the losses but the margins of them must be a matter of worry. They have failed to put a fight against India highlighted by the fact that India won by a huge-margins of 9 and 8 wickets in the first two ODIs of the series.
Being the host of the next World Cup New Zealand gets to be the automatic qualifier but a win here, or a fight even, would go a long for their confidence which is at the rock bottom right now.
New Zealand Women are going nowhere with the kind of performances they are putting against India. The fact that these losses are coming at home must put a bigger question mark on the team’s performance.
After being asked to bat first New Zealand quickly slumped to 4 for 38 in 14 overs. If it wasn't for captain Satterthwaite composed 71 New Zealand would not have got even close to where they eventually did. The collapse around captain’s innings meant the hosts could only set a modest target of 162.
New Zealand must have hoped to take the game deep when they had India 15 for 2 in the 5th over. But Smriti Madhana and Mithali Raj showed the batting muscle to score the rest of the runs with ease.
Satterthwaite showed, like Mithali and Smriti in the second half, that application would bring runs. It was disappointing for New Zealand that no other batter could support the captain to set a challenging target. With the series already gone New Zealand would hope for a better performance from the batting unit.
Amy Satterthwaite (c), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Lauren Down, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.
India Women have won the ongoing 3-match ODI series against New Zealand counterpart. The 9 and 8 wickets defeats have ensured that India go to Seddon Park with series already in the pocket.
Winning the toss fielding first Jhulan Goswami drew the first blood by getting Suzie Bates caught behind for naught. That set tone for New Zealand team who kept losing wickets around their captain to finally get bowled out for 161 in 45th over.
Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj made a mockery of the modest chase that India completed in 36th over with 15 overs to spare. Mandhana missed out on the 2nd consecutive century and was on 90 not out when India closed the chase.
Jhulan Goswami was the peak of the bowlers with 3 wickets to her name supported ably by Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma who took 2 wickets each.
India currently at the second spot in ICC's Women Championship rankings would like to add another win to get closer to toppers Australia.
Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Ekta Bisht, Taniya Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemalatha, Poonam Yadav.
Seddon Park provides early assistance to the bowlers who can use it to create early inroads. The conditions ease out as the match progresses and become better for the batting. Traditionally, chasing teams have won more at this venue.
Thus, the team winning the Toss should opt to bowl first here and use the early assistance to trouble the opposition top order.
Indian victories have been so comprehensive on this tour that Indian batter at number 5 is yet to come out to bat so far. Mandhana's sublime form meant India never had the run-rate pressure. Modest targets set by New Zealand helped as well. India is all over New Zealand at this moment and though another win at Seddon Park does not have any bearing on this series India must be eyeing world cup qualification.
Thus, our prediction is that India Women will make a major dent in automatic World Cup qualification by winning the third and final ODI of the series against New Zealand Women.
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