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NZ-W vs AUS-W, Women’s World Cup 2022: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: New Zealand women vs Australia women, Women’s World Cup 2022 (NZ-W vs AUS-W)

Date: March 13, Sunday, 6:30 AM IST

Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand Women will take on Australia Women in match 11 of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. The game will be played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on March 13.

Australia, who have lost just one ODI game in the last four years, are second in the points table after winning both of their first two games. They beat England by 12 runs in their opening game of the tournament, which was followed by a seven-wicket win over Pakistan. A third straight win will take them to the semi-finals.

New Zealand, on the other hand, have played three games so far, winning two of those. They lost their tournament opener to the West Indies, but bounced back to win their next two games against Bangladesh and India, respectively. The White Ferns have not been able to beat Australia in an ODI since 2017 but trumped them by nine wickets in the World Cup warm-up game earlier this month. Sophie Devine was the best performer with an unbeaten 161, while Amelia Kerr scored 92. The hosts will be looking to replicate their performance from the warm-up into the main game and win their first ODI against Australia in five years.

Ahead of match 11, 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 NZ-W vs AUS-W

The conditions in New Zealand have favoured the batters so far, but the bowlers have also enjoyed their moments. This is the first game of the 2022 World Cup which will be played at Wellington, which is another batting-friendly pitch. The expected first innings score is between 250 to 300 runs. It is advisable to pick as many batters as possible for this MPL game.

As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 12 to 16 degree Celsius. It is going to be mostly cloudy and windy, but chances of rain are not high.  

New Zealand women team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand come into this game after a solid performance against India. Their middle order put up a good display of batting while Lea Tahuhu and Hayley Jensen shared five wickets between them.

Predicted XI:  Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (c), Amelia Kerr, Amy Satterthwaite, Maddy Green, Katey Martin (wk), Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr, Frances Mackay, Hannah Rowe

Australia women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Ashleigh Gardner has finished her quarantine and is available for the next match. Tahlia McGrath who sat out in the last game against Pakistan due to a foot injury is also available for the upcoming game.

Predicted XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (c), Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Amanda Wellington

Head to head record

Australia women and New Zealand women have faced off 15 times in the ODI format, with Australia leading with 12 wins. The White Ferns have only three wins.

Five players to watch out for

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

Sophie Devine – All-rounder, New Zealand

MPL price – 10 credits

Wellington being Sophie Devine’s hometown, she has plenty of experience playing at the Basin Reserve. The all-rounder scored an unbeaten 161 against Australia in the warm-up, and will look to do something similar in the league game. Devine scored a century in New Zealand’s opening game, before being unable to convert her starts into big knocks in the next two games. The senior player brings with her the experience of playing 124 ODIs, from which she has an average of 30.75, including six centuries.

Amelia Kerr – All-rounder, New Zealand

MPL price – 10.5 credits

Another New Zealand all-rounder you cannot miss having in your MPL team is Amelia Kerr. She has amassed 110 runs with the highest score of 50 in three matches so far, while also picking up four wickets with the ball. The legbreak bowler picked up three wickets in her most recent outing and will be looking to carry that form into the next game. In 49 ODIs, Kerr has a batting average of 41, along with 71 wickets.

Rachael Haynes – Batter, Australia

MPL price – 9 credits

Haynes has scored 164 runs in 2 matches in this tournament at an average of 82. This includes a knock of 130 against England. A great timer of the ball, Haynes has a batting average of 38.16 in 70 ODIs and will be expected to play match-winning knocks in the remaining of the games.

Meg Lanning – Batter, Australia

MPL price – 10 credits

Meg Lanning is the most expensive batter on the MPL app for this game with 10 credits. But she is worth the investment. In the last two matches, Manning has scored 121 runs at an average of 60.5. Additionally, she boasts of great records against New Zealand – six of her 14 ODI centuries have come against the White Ferns and she averages 62.68 against them. In all, Lanning averages an incredible 53.03 in 93 ODIs, which includes 14 centuries.

Jess Jonassen – Bowler, Australia

MPL price – 8.5 credits

Jess Jonassen, who picked up two wickets for 18 runs against England, is Australia’s best bowler against New Zealand. She has taken 40 wickets in 21 games at an average of 17.15 and economy of 4.14. Lea Tahuhu is another excellent pick from among the bowlers – she is the second highest wicket-taker for New Zealand women in ODIs and has six wickets in three games this tournament.

MPL fantasy XI – NZ-W vs AUS-W

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

The Women’s World Cup 2022 will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The New Zealand women vs Australia women match will begin at 6.30 AM IST on March 13.

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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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