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ENG-W vs NZ-W, 1st ODI: Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: England Women’s vs New Zealand Women’s, 1st ODI (ENG-W vs NZ-W)

Date: 16th September, 2021 (05:30 PM IST)

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

ENG-W vs NZ-W, 1st ODI: Where and what time to watch the match live in India?

The Indian viewers will be able to watch live action from the first ODI match between England Women and New Zealand Women live on the Sony Liv app and also on the Sony Liv website, from 05:30 PM on Thursday, 16th September.

ENG-W vs NZ-W, 1st ODI: What to expect?

After a surprising slip, England managed to regroup themselves in no time and secure a series win against New Zealand. In the recently-concluded three-match T20I series, England had a great start as they won the first match by 46 runs.

Many expected them to have a similarly comfortable win in the second match as well, but the White Ferns managed to catch them by surprise. They won the match by 4 wickets to take the series into the third and final T20I.

In that match, England won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Thanks to Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine’s impressive knocks, New Zealand managed to put up a competitive score of 144. England lost their best batter Tammy Beaumont in only the fourth over, and just three overs later, Natalie Sciver was also dismissed. Thanks to Heather Knight and Amy Jones’ fighting innings, England managed to chase the total down with a ball to spare. The action will now shift to a five-match ODI series, where we can expect similar competitiveness as well.

Pitch report of ENG-W vs NZ-W, 1st ODI

The County Ground in Bristol hosted two matches in the ongoing edition of England’s domestic 50-over women’s tournament, the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, in which we saw two innings of 250+ runs, but also saw a team getting bundled out for 166. This shows that the pitch will assist both batters and bowlers, and those who will get their application right will come out on top.

England Women’s Expected XI and Team News

After recovering from a hamstring injury, English skipper Heather Knight played a good knock in the last T20I, and she will lead the team in this series as well. Thanks to her impressive performances in the T20I series, Danielle Wyatt has found her way back into the Lionesses’ ODI squad. Maia Bouchier and Mady Villiers, who features in the T20I series, have not been included in the ODI squad. It is expected that their places will be taken by Anya Shrubsole and Charlie Dean.

England Women’s Playing XI: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver (c), Amy Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Charlie Dean, Tash Farrant

New Zealand Women’s expected XI and Team News

New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates will have the entire squad at her disposal. After two poor ourings, Brooke Halliday justified her selection by scoring 25 runs in the last match. So, she is likely to retain her place in the playing XI. The player who has not managed to justify her selection os Thamsyn Newton, as she scored 14 runs in the T20I series. If New Zealand want to change things, they can replace Newton with the experienced Lea Tahuhu.

New Zealand Women’s Playing XI: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Katey Martin (wk), Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu/Thamsyn Newton, Hannah Rowe, Jess Kerr, Leigh Kasperek

Head to head record of ENG-W vs NZ-W

In terms of the head-to-head records between these two teams in ODI cricket, there is hardly anything to separate the sides. England and New Zealand have crossed swords 73 times in ODI cricket, in which the Lionesses have walked away with a win on 36 occasions, while New Zealand had the last laugh on 35 occasions. One match ended up being tied, while one game did not yield any result.

England Women – 36

New Zealand Women – 35

Tie – 1

No Result – 1

1st ODI: Five players to watch out in the match against ENG-W vs NZ-W

Tammy Beaumont: Batter, England Women

Tammy Beaumont was dismissed for only 3 runs in the last T20I, but she was the still highest run-getter of the series. The English opener scored 113 runs and was the only batter to reach triple figures. In 77 ODI matches, Beaumont has scored 2715 runs for the Lionesses, which includes seven centuries and third half-centuries.

Danielle Wyatt: Batter, England

Danielle Wyatt is making a return in the English 50-overs squad, and from what we saw in the T20I series, it is a completely justified decision. She played a supporting act to Tammy Beaumont and scored 84 runs. She has played 122 ODI matches for England, in which she has scored 1882 runs, hitting two centuries and eight half-centuries in the process.

Sarah Glenn: Bowler, England Women

As for England’s bowling department, Sarah Glenn was arguably the best performer for England. She was her team’s joint-highest wicket-taker with 4 wickets, while her economy rate of 6.18 was the lowest among those English bowlers who bowled 10 or more overs. In 24 ODI matches, she has picked up 33 wickets, and has also scored 62 runs.

Sophie Devine: All-Rounder, New Zealand Women

Sophie Devine had to take matters into her own hands in the ODI series, as she was her team’s best batter. Devine scored 87 runs in three innings, and also picked up 3 wickets in 12 wickets. The 32-year-old has played 111 ODI matches, in which she has scored 2697 runs. She has also picked up 75 wickets in ODI cricket.

Amy Satterthwaite: Batter, New Zealand Women

Amy Satterthwaite was not only New Zealand’s best bowled in the T20I series, but she also played important knocks. She picked up 6 wickets and was the highest wicket-taker of the series. The 34-year-old scored 67 runs too, hitting 9 fours in the process. Satterthwaite has scored 4125 runs and has also picked up 45 wickets in ODI cricket.

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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.

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