Man of the Match: Sophie Devine
Host New Zealand look to whitewash in the T20Is
New Zealand-W: WWWWL
Our Prediction is India Women to with the 3rd T20I!
After losing the ODI series 1-2, New Zealand Women have made a comeback in the T20Is winning the series 2-0 in first two matches. They would look to clean swipe 3-0 India women in the T20Is. Opener Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates have played well and top scored for their team with identical 62 runs in first and second matches respectively. Skipper Amy Satherthwaite and Katey Martin have made crucial runs towards the end of the innings. Lea Tuhuhu was the star with the ball in first match with WoM performance. Rosemary Mair`s spell broke the momentum of India’s batting in the second match. Their bowlers have performed well to restrict the Indian women batters effectively both matches.
Indian team will be dejected with their performance in the T20Is and will look to end the tour with a consolation win in the last T20I. Smriti Mandana and Jemimah Rodrigues have made significant contribution in the batting department. The middle order have provided very little support to them. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur had two back to back failures and will look to return to form. Experienced player Mithali Raj may make a comeback to the team in the place of injured Dayalan Hemalatha. Deepthi Sharma has been very economical in both the matches. Radha Yadav and Arunthati Reddy have provided very good support to control the run flow in the middle overs last match.
Suzie Bates – Bates played an excellent match winning knock of 62 runs to help her team chase down the target of 136 runs.
Leigh Kasperek – Kasperek has bowled match figures of 2/25 and 1/20 in the two matches so far.
Stats from Series:
Sophie Devine – 81 runs at strike rate 127 (HS – 62, 50s-1)
Amelia Kerr - 3 wickets at an economy of 7.4 RPO (BB- 2/28)
Amy Satterthwaite(c), Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Frances Mackay, Katey Martin (Wk), Rosemary Mair, Anna Peterson
Amy Satterthwaite, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Leigh Kasperek, Hayley Jensen, Katey Martin, Lea Tahuhu, Amelia Kerr, Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Rosemary Mair
Smriti Mandana – Mandana scored the fastest fifty in the first match and also had a start in second T20I scoring 32 runs . With this form, it is hard to stop her with the bat.
Deepti Sharma – Deepti has an impressive economy of just 4.75 RPO when all the other bowlers were going at a rate in excess of 6 RPO. She has given away just 19 runs in both the matches in her quota of four over’s.
Stats from the series:
Jemimah Rodrigues – 111 runs at strike rate 129 (HS – 72, 50s-1)
Arundhati Reddy – 3 wickets at an economy of 7.5 RPO (BB – 2/22)
Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia(Wk), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Arundathi Reddy
Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Priya Punia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Harmanpreet Kaur, Arundhati Reddy
The match is scheduled to start at local time 4.00 PM local time. Seddon Park pitch is known to aid the bowlers at the start of the inning and the pitch eases out as the match progress. Average score in this pitch is around 140-150 runs.
Teams batting second has won all the five matches played so far in this tour and both the teams will look to do the same. And both teams will look utilize the early spice in the fresh pitch.
New Zealand team has looked formidable and in excellent record against the Indian team in head to head matches. But the Indian team too is on the back of away series win in New Zealand and they will be upset over the T20I series loss. Good teams always bounce back and we expect the Indian team to come out victories in this match.
We are backing India Women for the win in this one!
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