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NZ-W vs AUS-W, 3rd T20I: Plenty of action expected in series decider

Match: New Zealand Women vs Australia Women (NZ-W vs AUS-W, 3rd T20I)

Date: April 1, 2021

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland – New Zealand

The White Ferns managed to stay alive in the three-match T20I series as they managed a close win against world champions Australia in the second T20I that was played on Tuesday. After a fine start, the New Zealand Women stuttered but finally got over the line with a last ball four. 

It was the team’s second win in eight T20 Internationals, and they will be pleased with the showing that they put up. Australia, the defending champions in the format, were handed a reality check in the second game, and will have to be on their toes against the home side on Thursday. 

The second T20I saw Frances Mackay bagging the Player of the Match award courtesy her performance with both bat and ball. However, she had injured her hamstring while batting, and it remains to be seen if she regains fitness. The home team will also be without the services of Sophie Devine due to fatigue, and it remains to be seen if she returns for the series decider.

Weather Update and Pitch Report of NZ-W vs AUS-W, 3rd T20I:

The temperatures will hover around the 20 degree Celsius mark,and moderate rain is expected on match day. However, the chances of the game getting abandoned is unlikely.

The short boundaries will make run scoring easy and the batters will be able to easily play their shots, but the wicket might dry out as the game progresses. The team that wins the toss is likely to bat first. 

NZ-W Expected XI and Team News:

The White Ferns are hampered by the unavailability of Suzie Bates, and they might even miss the services of Sophie Devine for the upcoming match. Devine did not play the last game due to fatigue. Frances Mackay injured her hamstring in the last match, and she might miss out. 

X Factors: 

Frances Mackay: The New Zealand batter opened the innings in the last game, and grabbed onto her chances as she made a fine 46 in only 39 deliveries, with the help of three fours and two sixes. She was on fire with the ball as well, picking up two wickets in her four overs whilst conceding only 20 runs. Mackay won the Player of the Match award in the last game, and if fit, will be eager to carry on her form. 

Amelia Kerr: The youngster scored 36 runs in the last T20I, and though she did not pick up a wicket, she conceded only 26 in her 4 overs. Kerr steadied the ship alongside Mackay in the last game, and helped her team over the line. 

Probable XI: 

Frances Mackay/Sophie Devine, Hayley Jensen, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin (wk), Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hannah Rowe, Thamsyn Newton, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair

AUS-W Expected XI and Team News:

The Australians were bolstered by the return of Ellyse Perry and Tayla Vlaeminck, who had been out of the circuit due to respective injuries throughout the last year. Though the Aussies lost the last match, they are unlikely to tinker with their combination. 

X Factors: 

Beth Mooney: The batter has been clinical in the last few seasons, and was the star of the T20 World Cup last year that her side won. She had ended the edition as the leading run scorer, with 259 runs at an average of 64.79. 

Jess Jonassen: The bowler was the star in the first T20I, and she picked up three wickets whilst conceding only 26 runs in her four overs. She did not pick up a wicket in the last game, but was economical, conceding just over 5 runs an over. 

Probable XI

Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown

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

Overall: The two teams have played each other 45 times in the history of T20I cricket, with Australia Women winning 23 and New Zealand registering 21 wins. One game had ended in a tie. 

Last 5 matches: New Zealand Women have won two of the last five games between the two nations. Overall, they have lost eight of the last ten games between the two sides. 

Last meeting in NZ: The last time the two nations played in New Zealand was way back in 2016, when Australia had lost the three-match T20I series 1-2. 

Match prediction of NZ-W vs AUS-W, 3rd T20I: 

The Australians are expected to bounce back from their narrow defeat in the last game and seal the series. All eyes will be on their match winning duo of Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry, who are yet to get going in the ongoing series.

MPL Fantasy XI: 

Beth Mooney (C), Alyssa Healy, Amy Satterthwaite, Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Frances Mackay (VC), Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Megan Schutt, Jess Kerr

Captain and vice-captain selection:

Alyssa Healy: The opener is one of the most lethal players if she gets going. She has played 117 games for the country thus far, scoring 2113 runs at a strike rate of more than 130. She had a successful outing in the Women’s Big Bash League, where she scored 402 runs in 12 games. 

Ellyse Perry: The all-rounder has been a match-winner for the side in the last few seasons, and will have a huge role to play yet again. She averages nearing 29 with the bat in T20Is and has picked up 115 wickets with the ball at an average of less than 20.

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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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