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ENG-W vs NZ-W, 3rd ODI: Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: England Women’s vs New Zealand Women’s, 3rd ODI (ENG-W vs NZ-W)

Date: 21st September, 2021 (05:30 PM IST)

Venue: Grace Road, Leicester

ENG-W vs NZ-W, 3rd ODI: Where and what time to watch the match live in India?

The Indian viewers will be able to watch live action from the third ODI match between England Women and New Zealand Women live on the Sony Liv app and also on the Sony Liv website, from 5:30 PM on Tuesday, 21st September.

ENG-W vs NZ-W, 3rd ODI: What to expect?

Previously in the T20I series, we saw England winning the first match very comfortably, but New Zealand making a strong comeback in the second match. That was, however, not the case in the ODI series, as England won the second match of the five-match series by 13 runs. However, it has to be said that the victory in the last match was not half as convincing as the one in the first match.

Batting first, England started off well, as they crossed the 50-run mark at the fall of only one wicket. But what following after that was a procession of departure towards the pavilion. From 59/1, England found themselves struggling at 85/5, and many would have started to write the hosts off at that particular point. However, a fighting 63 from Danielle Wyatt and a supporting act from Tash Farrant helped England score 197 runs.

Like England, New Zealand also started off well, as the likes of Suzie Bates, Lauren Down and Sophie Devine all batted well. However, they lost their last five wickets for 55 runs, as Charlie Dean picked up a four-wicket haul. This match is a do-or-die affair for New Zealand, while England will want to clinch the series early, so that they can experiment with new faces in the remaining matches.

Pitch report of ENG-W vs NZ-W, 3rd ODI

The Grace Road in Leicester has not hosted any match in the ongoing season of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, but we have seen four matches of the Royal London One-Day Cup, England’s men’s domestic 50-over tournament, being staged on this ground. In those matches, we saw a score of under 250 runs only once, which clearly shows that the pitch will help the batters. For the team winning the toss, batting second will be the perfect option.

England Women’s Expected XI and Team News

Having impressed in the T20I series, England gave Danielle Wyatt a chance in the ODI team in the last match, and she proved why the decision was perfect from the Lionesses’ management. She played a match-winning knock of 63 runs from 72 balls. She is now certain to retain her place, but England still can make a change for the upcoming match. After a poor first match, Sophia Dunkley scored only 11 runs in the last match. She might6 be replaced with the experienced Katherine Brunt for the upcoming match.

England Women’s Playing XI: Lauren Winfield-Hill, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones (wk), Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt/Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean, Kate Cross, Tash Farrant.

New Zealand Women’s expected XI and Team News

The decision to have trust in underperforming Lauren Down paid off for the White Ferns, as she played a good knock of 22 runs. It will now be interesting to see whether England will show similar faith in Maddy Green, who has scored only 28 runs. If they do want to change things up, Green can be replaced by Hayley Matthews, who can contribute with both bat and ball.

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

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

The head-to-head records between these two teams looked very much in the balance, but now, it has swung in favour of England. Last match was the 75th meeting on these two teams. England have won 38 of those 75 fixtures, while New Zealand have won 35 matches. There has been one match without a result between these two teams, while we also have witnessed a tied fixture.

England Women – 38

New Zealand Women – 35

Tie – 1

No Result – 1

3rd ODI: Five players to watch out in the match against ENG-W vs NZ-W

Danielle Wyatt: Batter, England Women

Danielle Wyatt was not lucky to get selected in England’s ODI squad, as she performed well in almost every match of the T20I series. She had to sit out in the first ODI, but after being given a chance in the last match, she proved why leaving her out was a mistake on England’s part. The highly versatile batter adjusted to the middle-order role and scored 63 runs from 72 balls, hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes in the process.

Lauren Winfield-Hill: Batter, New Zealand

Previously, it was thought that England can afford to play any one of Danielle Wyatt and Lauren Winfield-Hill in their ODI team. But now that Wyatt has adjusted well to her role as a finisher, Lauren Winfield-Hill should get an extended run in the team. After a good first match, she once again batted well in the second ODI, where she scored 39 runs from 66 balls. The English opener hit 4 fours in her inning.

Heather Knight: All-Rounder, England Women

England have played exciting cricket in recent times and much of the credit for that should go to their fantastic leader, Heather Knight. She scored only 18 runs in the last match, but is the highest run-scorer of this series, with 107 runs to her name. Knight’s average of 53.50 is the highest by any batter from her team.

Sophie Devine: All-Rounder, New Zealand Women

Like England are dependent on Knight’s form, New Zealand also rely on their captain Sophie Devine to do the majority of the hard work. She was once again good with the bat in the last match, as she scored 28 runs from 41 balls. Devine also picked up the wickets of two of England’s more dangerous batters in Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones.

Amy Satterthwaite: All-Rounder, New Zealand Women

The last match was perhaps the first time in a long time when Amy Satterthwaite had a bad day in the office, as she scored only a single run. She is still New Zealand’s highest run-scorer in this series, having scored 80 runs in two matches. Though she is yet to pick up any wickets in the ODI series, she was her team’s highest wicket-taker in the T20I series.

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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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