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CWG 2022 bronze medal match: ENG-W vs NZ-W Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: England women vs New Zealand women T20I (ENG-W vs NZ-W)

Date: August 7, 6:30 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

England Women will take on New Zealand Women in the bronze medal match CWG Women’s Cricket 2022. Both the teams lost their respective semi-final games and will now be eyeing a prize in the bronze medal game.

England suffered a four-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the first semi final. Chasing 165 runs to win, England put up a good fight for most of the chase before eventually losing the game by merely four runs. Danny Wyatt, skipper Nat Sciver and Amy Jones were among runs. The Kiwis, on the other hand, were defeated by Australia by five wickets. After restricting New Zealand to a total of 144 in the first innings, they chased down the target comfortably. Beth Mooney top scored with a knock of 36, while Tahlia McGrath, Rachel Haynes and Ashleigh Gardner were also among runs.

When England and New Zealand met in the league stage, the Nat Sciver-led side won by seven wickets. Both the teams will now look to make the most of their resources and grab the bronze medal.

Ahead of the bronze medal match at CWG cricket 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 ENG-W vs NZ-W T20I

Edgbaston, Birmingham is a decent batting pitch. Pace bowlers get plenty of assistance from the surface but spinners have historically not fared well here. A total of 17 T20 internationals have been played at this venue in the past, of which 15 games have been won by the teams batting first. The captain winning the toss is thus likely to opt to bat first. The average first innings score on this ground is 164, while the average second innings score is 134. The highest total recorded is 221 for 5 while the lowest total recorded is 121 for 10.

The weather during the game will be overcast and we could see showers interrupt the game. The temperature will fluctuate between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.

England women team news and predicted XI

Team news: England lost their semi-final to India. Chasing 165 runs to win, they put up a good fight before eventually losing the game by four runs. With match winners like Heather Knight, Sophie Ecclestone and Nat Sciver in their ranks, expect them to go all guns blazing in the bronze medal match.

Squad: Heather Knight (c), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Nat Sciver, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt.

Predicted XI: Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Bryony Smith, Amy Jones (wk), Maia Bouchier, Sophie Ecclestone, Kathrine Brunt, Issy Wong, Sarah Glenn.

New Zealand women team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand beat England in their group stage fixture and will be looking to replicate the same in the bronze medal match. Despite losing the semi-final, they are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.

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, Izzy Gaze (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair, Eden Carson

Head to head record

England women and New Zealand women have met each other in 29 T20 matches, of which 21 have been won by England.  New Zealand have eight wins against England in the game’s shortest format.

Total games – 29

New Zealand women – 8

England women – 21

Five players to watch out for

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

Sophie Ecclestone – bowler, England

Sophie Ecclestone is currently the best bowler in women’s cricket as per the ICC T20I rankings. The slow left arm spin bowler has been economical in all the games so far. She started her CWG 2022 campaign with three wickets for 25 runs against South Africa. In the next two games, she picked up a wicket each while conceding very few runs. Ecclestone can also chip in with a few runs with the bat and help you score points in your fantasy team.

Nat Sciver – all-rounder, England

Nat Sciver is a great investment for your fantasy cricket team. Apart from a knock of 41 against India in the semi-final, Sciver is yet to produce a performance of substance. But that doesn’t take away much from her being one of the best all-rounders in women’s cricket. From 97 T20Is she has a batting average and strike rate of over 25.05 and 113.10. With the ball, she has 76 wickets in the format.

Hayley Jansen – bowler, New Zealand

Hayley Jansen was New Zealand’s match winner in the match against Sri Lanka, where she picked up three wickets while conceding merely five runs. These are now among the best bowling figures in not just women’s cricket but also men’s cricket. In all, Jansen has 36 wickets in 45 T20Is.

Suzie Bates – batter, New Zealand

Suzie Bates scored an unbeaten 91 against South Africa, which was also one of the best performances at the cricket games at CWG 2022. But her form has dipped after that knock and she will be looking to get back to runs in the bronze medal match. Bates has overall played 131 T20Is, scoring 3531 runs at an average and strike rate of 29.92 and 110.89.

Katherine Brunt: bowler, England

In the group stage game between New Zealand and England, Katherine Brunt registered figures of 2/4 from her three overs and will want to do the same in the bronze medal game.

MPL fantasy XI – NZ-W vs ENG-W

Amy Jones, Danielle Wyatt, Brooke Halliday, Alice Capsey, Katherine Brunt (VC), Natalie Sciver ( C ), Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr, Sophie Ecclestone, Lea Tahuhu, Freya Kemp

NZ-W vs SA-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 6.30 PM IST on August 7.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

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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