Man of the Match: Suzie Bates
New Zealand Women to win
Our Prediction is New Zealand Women to win!
Hosts New Zealand will be looking to win the T20I series when they take on India in the second game in Auckland on Friday.
Skipper Amy Satterthwaite will be hoping that the side can continue their good form in this game to win the T20I series. In the first game played on Wednesday, New Zealand beat India by 23 runs to take 1-0 lead in three-match T20I series.
On the other hand, India women will look to make a strong comeback in this game. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will not be happy with the way team collapsed in the chase. The middle-order will need to improve their game in order for India to level the three-match T20I series.
The hosts pulled off an incredible win in the first T20I game of the series played against India in Wellington. New Zealand came out on top courtesy of splendid performances from Sophie Devine, Lea Tahuhu and Amelia Kerr. Captain Amy Satterthwaite also chipped in with crucial runs for the side in the opening game of the series.
Opener Suzie Bates will be keen to make a comeback in this game after producing a single-digit score in Wellington. She certainly is New Zealand’s premier batsman and will need to raise his game for the side. Bates averages 30.44 with the bat in the T20 format with one century to his name.
All-rounder Sophie Devine was the star of the show for New Zealand in the first T20I played in Wellington. Devine scored 62 off 48 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes to help New Zealand post a competitive score on the board. The home side will be hoping that she can continue his good form for the remaining games of the series. She was well supported by Satterthwaite, who scored 33 off 27 balls with the help of four fours.
Katey Martin and Frances McKay also scored crucial runs at the end to see New Zealand women post 159 runs from their 20 overs.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Lea Tahuhu, Amelia Kerr and Leigh Kasperek to provide crucial breakthroughs for the side. Medium-pacer Lea Tahuhu was named player of the match in the first T20I game played against India. She picked up three wickets and conceded less than six runs an over in the game.
Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Sophie Devine, Katey Martin(wk), Frances Mackay, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Caitlin Gurrey, Rosemary Mair, Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe.
Amy Satterthwaite, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Leigh Kasperek, Katey Martin, Amelia Kerr, Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Rosemary Mair, Caitlin Ann Gurrey, Lea Tahuhu
The visitors will need to improve their batting in order to comeback in this T20I series. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will need to lead from the front with the bat.
India were comfortably placed at one stage with Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues playing well. Mandhana was the star performer for the side in the previous game. She scored 58 off 34 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. Mandhana was well supported by Rodrigues, who scored 39 off 33 balls with the help of six fours.
The dismissals of Mandhana and Rodrigues triggered a huge collapse as India lost eight wickets for just 34 runs to lose the game.
Harmanpreet Kaur also will be keen to get some runs for India to level the three-match T20I series. Kaur scored 17 off 15 balls in the previous game played in Wellington. Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy and Deepti Sharma perished for low scores to see India lose the plot in the chase in the first game of the T20I series.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Radha Yadav to provide crucial breakthroughs.
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia, Dayalan Hemalatha, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy.
Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Harmanpreet Kaur, Arundhati Reddy
The pitch prepared for this game will be good for batting. The bowlers will need to work hard for their wickets on a placid surface at Eden Park. The weather forecast for the game on Friday is going to partly cloudy.
New Zealand women have lost only one T20I game played against England at the venue in 2012 Amy Satterthwaite and co. have would be keen to win their first T20I game at the venue.
Both the teams would be hoping to win the toss and bat first on such a wicket. It will not be easy to bat second on this surface as ball does it swing under lights.
New Zealand Women will be favorites to take this contest and win the T20I series. The home side has a lot of experience in their batting and bowling department. India will be hoping that their big players can come to the party in this contest.
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