Our prediction is that India Women will defeat New Zealand Women in the second ODI at Bay Oval!
India Women are in New Zealand to play a three-match ODI series. These fixtures are a part of ICC Women Championship 2017-21. The top four teams in the tournament would automatically qualify for the World Cup.
India Women won the first ODI against New Zealand to break into the top four with better NRR than New Zealand women. India continued their dominance over New Zealand with a 9-wicket victory thanks to a smashing ODI century by Smriti Mandhana, her fourth in ODIs.
India Women now have 9-wicket, 8-wicket and 9-wicket victories in the last four games against New Zealand Women and in the remaining one India had a massive win by 186 runs.
The gap between the closely-ranked India and New Zealand Women’s teams have just widened to 7 rating points. A win in the second ODI will be a huge booster for the team in terms of ICC Women Championship rankings.
New Zealand Women have had a bad record against India Women in the limited overs cricket since the World Cup 2017. India defeated them in the 2017 World Cup knock-out encounter and were the reason for New Zealand’s exit from the T20 World Cup as well.
Losing the toss batting first in the first ODI, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine provided New Zealand with a very good start of 60 runs. A run-out by Deepti Sharma started a mini-collapse that had New Zealand at 70 for 3. New Zealand never recovered from this position as they lost wickets at regular interval mainly to Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht setting India a below-par target of 193.
A target of 193 did not trouble India at all as they cruised to victory with 9 wickets to spare. Amelia Kerr was the peak of the bowlers who managed to pick up a wicket, but the match was already over by then.
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 are making a habit of comprehensively defeating the New Zealand Women team in the limited overs cricket. With the massive wins by 9-wickets, 186-runs, 8-wickets, and 9-wickets in last four encounters between the two teams India Women are proving to be a team that is miles ahead of the New Zealand counterpart.
In the first ODI, winning the toss opting to field first, barring first 13 odd overs, India Women team never looked like losing the match. The mini collapse initiated by Deepti Sharma’s run out gave the reins in India’s hands which they did not let go of until the end thanks to India’s spinners who bowled exceedingly well in the middle overs to keep the pressure up.
Chasing 193, India Women unleashed two of their finest batting talents, Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana, who pulled off the win for India on their own with 17 overs to spare.
Off the field squabbles certainly seem to have receded for India and they would like to continue to focus on the field with an eye on direct World Cup qualification in 2021.
Mithali Raj (c), Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Ekta Bisht, Taniya Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemalatha, Poonam Yadav
Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui is a batting pitch with pace staying even throughout the match. This pitch can be termed as a true wicket with true bounce. The ODI teams have scored close to 300 regularly at this venue.
Thus, the team winning the toss should look to bat first here and use the spinners to bring in the change of pace in the second half to make the chase a difficult one.
India Women are standing in the way of New Zealand Women in the limited overs cricket. The World Cup and World T20 knockout losses must have hurt New Zealand team. The crushing loss in the first ODI at did not help either. As New Zealand would love to bounce back there does not seem to a way past this Indian team at this moment.
Thus, our prediction is that India Women will make a dent to their campaign of automatic World Cup qualification by defeating New Zealand in the second ODI at Bay Oval.
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