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CWG 2022 match 12: ENG-W vs NZ-W T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

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

Date: August 4, 10:30 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

England Women will take on New Zealand Women in Match 12 of CWG Women’s Cricket 2022. England Women recently won both the T20I and ODI series against South Africa, and also began their CWG 2022 with two back to back wins. England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in their opening game of the event, and followed it with a 26-run win over South Africa. A half century from Alice Capsey helped England post a total of 167 runs in 20 overs, which their bowlers successfully defended by restricting South Africa to 141 for 4.

New Zealand, too, have got off to a good start in the CWG 2022. They beat South Africa by 13 runs in their first game, and Sri Lanka by 45 runs in their second game. Batting first, they put up 147 runs on the board, which seemed insufficient at first. But five wickets between Hayley Jansen and Eden Carsen helped them defend the target. Both England and New Zealand have already qualified for the semi-finals. Both the teams look strong on paper, which means a well fought game is likely on the cards.

Ahead of match 12 of 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 12 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 146. 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 are one of the most competitive teams in the game’s shortest format and also one of the favourites to win the gold medal. They have looked strong in both their first two games and will now be eyeing another win to keep their confidence intact ahead of the semi-finals. England have plenty of match winners like Heather Knight, Sophie Ecclestone and Nat Sciver in their ranks.

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 have looked confident in both their first two games, but their batting has plenty of room for improvement.

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 28 T20 matches, of which 22 have been won by England.  New Zealand have eight wins against England in the game’s shortest format.

Total games – 28

New Zealand women – 8

England women – 22

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 world number one bowler in ICC T20I rankings, and she has held that position for quite some time now. In her last five outings, Ecclestone has four wickets in her first two games at the CWG 2022 and will be hunting for more in the next game. She can also chip in with a few runs with the bat and help you score more points in your fantasy team.

Nat Sciver – all-rounder, England

Nat Sciver is an excellent pick for your fantasy cricket team. The all-rounder has not had the best of starts in the CWG 2022 but with the experience she brings to the table, Sciver is still important to your fantasy team. From 96 T20Is she has a batting average and strike rate of 25.05 and 113.10. With the ball, she has 74 wickets in the format.

Hayley Jansen – bowler, New Zealand

Hayley Jansen was absolutely terrific in the match against Sri Lanka, where she picked up three wickets while conceding merely five runs. She was also among the wicket-takers for New Zealand in the ODI World Cup earlier this year. In all, Jansen has 33 wickets in 42 T20Is.

Suzie Bates – batter, New Zealand

One of the biggest names in women’s cricket, Suzie Bates is indispensable to your fantasy team. She is yet to perform as per her standards, scoring 34 and 6 runs in the first two games. But with the experience she brings to the table, Bates can put up a match winning performance any way. She has so far played 128 T20Is, scoring 3505 runs at an average and strike rate of 30.47 and 110.74.

Amelia Kerr – all-rounder, New Zealand

Amelia Kerr has picked up a wicket each in the first two games and will be looking for better figures in the next game. The all-rounder has played 44 T20Is, scoring 261 runs and picking up 43 wickets.

MPL fantasy XI – NZ-W vs ENG-W

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 10.30 PM IST on July 30.

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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