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CWG 2022 semi-final 2: AUS-W vs NZ-W Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Australia women vs New Zealand women, CWG 2022 (AUS-W vs NZ-W)

Date: August 6, 11:00 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

After the end of the league stage games which spanned across a week, we are now into the semi-finals of the women’s cricket games at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Four teams have made it to the semi-finals – England and New Zealand finished first and second in Group B, while Australia and India topped the Group A charts.

Australia have been in red hot form, having remained unbeaten in all their games so far. They started their campaign with a win against India, followed by a win over Barbados and Pakistan each. In their most recent win over Pakistan, Australia put up a total of 160 runs on the board, with Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath remaining unbeaten in their 70s. Later in the game, McGrath picked up three wickets to help Australia defend the target.

New Zealand, on the other hand, come into this game on the back of a loss to England. They managed just 71 runs on the board, which England gunned down in less than 12 overs. The White Ferns will now look to bounce back to form to claim a spot for themselves in the final.

Ahead of the second semi-final of the cricket games at CWG 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for AUS-W vs NZ-W T20I

Edgbaston, Birmingham is an excellent batting pitch and we have seen this in most of the games played in this tournament. Fast bowlers get plenty of assistance from the surface but spinners do not get enough turn. A total of 18 T20 internationals have been played at this venue in the past, of which 12 matches have been won by the teams batting first.  The average first innings score on this ground is 139, while the average second innings score is 118. The highest total recorded is 221 for 5 while the lowest total recorded is 46 for 10. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first.

The weather during the game will be overcast and we could see showers interrupt the game. The temperature will fluctuate between 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Australia women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Australia, the world champions, are the favourites to win the gold medal. They started their campaign with a win against India, followed by a win over Barbados and Pakistan each. Australia have lost only two of their last 15 T20 games and are on a red hot winning streak.

Squad: Alyssa Healy(wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning(c), Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown, Ellyse Perry, Nicola Carey, Amanda Wellington, Annabel Sutherland.

Predicted XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown

New Zealand women team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand’s confidence will be slightly dented as they faced a humiliating defeat in their last league game. Batting first, they managed only 71 runs on the board.  

Squad: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Izzy Gaze, Claudia Green, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.  

Predicted XI: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Isabella Gaze (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair, Eden Carson

Head to head record

Australia women and New Zealand women have met each other in 46 T20 matches, all of which Australia have won 24 and New Zealand have won 21. One game produced no result.

Total games – 46

Australia women – 24

New Zealand women – 21

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for AUS-W vs NZ-W

Meg Lanning: batter, Australia

Australian skipper Meg Lanning has underperformed in the three games so far, with her highest score being an unbeaten 36 in the second game. However, given her experience, she is still a must-have player in your MPL team. Lanning recently did well in the T20I series against Ireland, which includes scores of 39* and 74. She is also among the most experienced players in this fixture, having played 124 T20 internationals from which she has a batting average and strike rate of 36.83 and 116.55.

Jess Jonassen – bowler, Australia

Jess Jonassen was simply brilliant in the game against India, where she picked up four wickets in her four overs while conceding 22 runs. Her economy rate of 5.50 was also the best among all the bowlers. Most recently in the game against Pakistan, she picked up one wicket for 26 runs.  In all, Jonassen has picked up 85 wickets in 92 T20Is and is a great pick for your fantasy cricket team.

Beth Mooney – batter, Australia

Beth Mooney underperformed in the first two games, but bounced back to form with an unbeaten 70 in the third game. Mooney has an impressive average of over 36 in 68 T20Is and a strike rate of over 122.

Suzie Bates – batter, New Zealand

Suzie Bates scored an unbeaten 91 against South Africa women and followed it up with a knock of 34 against Sri Lanka women. In her most recent outing, Bates was dismissed for just six runs and will be looking to get back to runs in the all important semi-final. In all, she has played 129 T20 internationals, scoring 3511 runs at an average and strike rate 30.26 and 110.65.

Sophie Devine – all-rounder, New Zealand

Apart from the 48 against South Africa women, Sophie Devine has underperformed with the bat. With the ball too, she has remained wicketless since picking up three wickets against South Africa women. But her experience of 105 T20Is still makes her an important player for your MPL team.

MPL fantasy XI – AUS-W vs NZ-W

AUS-W vs NZ-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Commonwealth Games 2022 will be televised live on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 10.30 PM IST on August 6.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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