Man of the Match: Smriti Mandhana
India Women will defeat New Zealand Women
Our prediction is that India Women will defeat New Zealand Women at Napier.
As a part ICC Women’s Championship India Women are traveling to New Zealand for a three-match ODI series. These fixtures are a part of the second edition of the Championship that started in 2017 and would go on till 2021. The purpose of the tournament is to determine the qualification for World Cup in 2021. The top four teams out of eight will automatically qualify for the World Cup.
The ODI series will be followed by 3 match T20 International series. The tour begins with an ODI on 24th January and ends with the third T20I on 10th of February at Hamilton.
Like men’s teams, India and New Zealand Women teams are closely ranked with just 3 rating point difference between the two. This series will decide whether New Zealand women can switch spots with India in the rankings.
The New Zealand Women team had automatically qualified for the 2017 Women’s world cup being 3rd among the 8 teams playing the previous version of ICC Women's Championship 2014-16 winning 13 of the 21 matches. They are 2nd in the points table currently with 6 wins in 9 matches in the current version of the tournament.
In the next leg of the tournament, New Zealand women are hosting India Women for three ODIs. They will be playing Australia around the end of this month for another 3 ODIs. This is a crucial time for New Zealand to cement a place in the Women’s World Cup 2021.
New Zealand’s last three outings haven’t been good against India where they suffered comprehensive defeats. However, with players like Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine along with exceptional all-rounder Amelia Kerr, New Zealand have a side that can topple any team on their day.
Amy Satterthwaite (c), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katie Perkins, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Amy Satterthwaite, Hannah Rowe, Leigh Kasperek, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Suzie Bates, Holly Huddleston, Sophie Devine, Lea Tahuhu
India did not have a great experience in the previous version of ICC Women's Championship. Being 5th in the table they had to play the qualifier for an entry in the ODI World Cup in 2017. However, the World Cup, especially the semifinal against Australia, changed the Indian team and perception around it. Harmanpreet Kaur produced a great display of methodical hitting winning the semifinal single-handedly for India.
Since then, India have shown dominance in limited overs cricket on the back of the performances from Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana who are among the top 5 batsmen and all-rounder Deepti Sharma who features in top 5 ODI all-rounders. In Poonam Yadav, India have a leggie who can be used as a wicket taker as well as the one to contain the scoring rate. And then there is Harmanpreet Kaur who has a league of her own.
Captain Mithali Raj, by her own admission, has put the Women's World T20 semi-final fiasco behind her. This is good news for team morale as India look to beat New Zealand on their home soil to improve their chances of automatic qualification for the world cup 2021.
Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, RS Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav.
Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Jemimah Rodrigues, Dayalan Hemalatha, Poonam Yadav, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur
Teams prefer bowling first here in seam-friendly conditions to restrict the opposition to a target that they can chase by playing the field and picking the sports on a square outfield.The team winning the toss should the ask the opposition to bat first at McLean Park.
The women’s ODIs across the world have better context compared to the men’s ODIs as these affect their ability to directly qualify for the upcoming World Cup. This goes a long way in ensuring well-fought contest since no game can be taken lightly. India Women team is at 5th spot right now but has the NRR comparable to that of New Zealand. Looking at the recent history between the teams, India Women have a better chance of winning the match against the New Zealand counterpart.
Our prediction is that India Women will push for direct World Cup qualification with a win against New Zealand Women.
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