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NZ-W vs AUS-W, 2nd ODI: Record making Australian team look to wrap up series

Match: New Zealand Women vs Australia Women (NZ-W vs AUS-W, 2nd ODI)

Date: April 7, 2021

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

The Australian Women’s team established themselves as the top side in the world after they registered their 22nd successive ODI win on the trot after defeating New Zealand in the last game. Their streak of most wins on the trot is now the highest in the world – among both men’s and women’s cricket – and they will be eager to extend their winning run, which dates back to 2017. 

The visiting team were clinical in the first game as they managed to restrict the New Zealand Women for only 213 before Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardener struck fine fifties to help the side easily over the line. The home team have been disappointing with the bat thus far, and without skipper Sophie Devine, they look all the more vulnerable. However, they can cause an upset – as they did in the T20Is – but they will have to drastically raise their game if they want to stop the Aussies in their winning run.

Weather Update and Pitch Report of NZ-W vs AUS-W, 2nd ODI:

The temperatures will hover around the 14 degree mark on Wednesday, with humidity at a high of 87 percent. There is next to no chance of rain, and we can expect a full game on our hands. 

A batting track beckons at the venue, and the fast bowlers will have plenty of aid as well. Biding time in the middle will be the need of the hour upfront, after which the runs will be easy to come by. The team that wins the toss will look to bat first. 

NZ-W Expected XI and Team News:

Sophie Devine has been ruled out of the entire series due to fatigue, and has returned home. Amy Satterthwaite is leading the side in her absence, and we expect the Whie Ferns to play the same XI despite losing the last match by six wickets.

X Factors: 

Amy Satterthwait: The skipper of the side in the absence of Sophie Devine will have the onus if she wants her side to defeat a strong Australian unit. She has played a total of 126 ODIs in her career thus far, scoring 4099 runs at an average of an impressive 39.41. She struck 32 off 50 in the last game, and will want to get a big knock. 

Lea Tahuhu: The strike bowler has picked up a total of 71 wickets in 70 games, and has been the key bowler for the team over the last few seasons. She did not pick a wicket in the last game, but should be backed in the upcoming match.

Probable XI: 

Lauren Down, Hayley Jensen, Amy Satterthwaite (C), Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin (wk), Maddy Green, Brook Halliday, Hannah Rowe, Jess Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair

AUS-W Expected XI and Team News:

The Australians have been bolstered by the return of Ellyse Perry and Tayla Vlaeminck, who had injured herself in the T20 World Cup last year. After their convincing win in the last game, the Aussies are unlikely to make any changes in their playing XI.

X Factors: 

Meg Lanning: The skipper is one of the greats in women’s cricket, and has been leading her team from the front. In 83 games, she has amassed 3861 runs at an astonishing average of over 54. She did not get a big knock in the last game, but can be expected to come good on Wednesday. 

Megan Schutt: The cricketer won the Player of the Match award in the last game after picking up four wickets for only 32 runs in her 10 overs. She just needs four more wickets to get to 100 ODI wickets.

Probable XI

Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (C), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck.

Head to Head record of NZ-W vs AUS-W: 

Overall: The two teams have played each other 130 times in the history of ODI cricket, with New Zealand winning only 31 games. They have lost a whopping 97 ODIs against Australia, with two matches ending in No Result.

Last 5 matches: New Zealand Women have lost the last five games against Australia. In fact, they have lost their last nine ODIs against the Aussies, with their last win against them coming back in 2017.

Last meeting in NZ: The last time the two nations played in New Zealand was way back in 2017, when Australia won the three match ODI series 2-1 

Match prediction of NZ-W vs AUS-W, 2nd ODI: 

The Australian are the team to beat, and are the overwhelming favourites to get over the line. The White Ferns have plenty of issues with their batting, and unless a player can play a big knock, they are the underdogs. 

MPL Fantasy XI: 

A Healy, L Down, A Gardner, A Satterthwaite, Beth Mooney, Nicola Carey, A Kerr, E Perry, Megan Schutt, H Rowe, Lea Tahuhu

Captain and vice-captain selection:

Ellyse Perry: The all-rounder scored a fifty in the last game, in what was her return to ODI cricket after a long injury lay-off. She has scored 3078 runs in 113 ODI games thus far at an average of over 53. She has also picked up 152 wickets and can keep things tight, which makes her a must pick. 

Alyssa Healy: After a quiet T20 International series, Healy returned to form with a good knock of 65 in the last game. Overall, the wicket keeper has scored 1837 runs at an average of 33.40 with a strike rate of nearing 103 in 77 games.

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Sarah Waris
A postgraduate in English Literature, I have taken on the tough task of limiting the mystic world of cricket to a few hundred words


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