Match: New Zealand women vs India women, 1st ODI (NZ-W vs AUS-W)
Date: February 12, Saturday, 03:30 AM IST
Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown, New Zealand
Ahead of next month’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2022, India and New Zealand are all set to lock horns in a five-match ODI series, the first of which will be played on February 12 in Queenstown. All of the games will be played at the same venue to avoid exposing the players to the threat of Covid19.
The two sides played a one-off T20I a day ago, which India lost by 18 runs. Batting first, the hosts put up 155 on the board, in reply to which India could muster only 137.
Both the teams are yet to find their playing combination for the ODI World Cup, and this series will provide them the opportunity to do the same. For India, especially, the five ODIs will help them acclimatize to the playing conditions in New Zealand – where the marquee event will be held in March.
Captain Mithali Raj, opener Smriti Mandhana, and veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami are back in the ODI team after not playing the only T20I. Mandhana missed the game due to extended quarantine but is with the team now.
Ahead of the first ODI, 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 IND-W
The John Davies Oval in Queenstown has hosted 10 ODI games so far, in which the team batting first has won only a single game. Generally it is a good surface for batting but we saw both bowlers and batters play their roles in the recent one-off T20I. It is advised to pick as many all-rounders as possible in your fantasy team.
As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 12 to 17 degree Celsius. Although it is going to be partly cloudy all through the day, the chances of rain are not too high.
New Zealand women team news and predicted XI
Team news: New Zealand last played an ODI series against England in September and were handed a 1-4 series defeat. The White Ferns will be looking to make a fresh start against India and gain momentum ahead of the World Cup.
Predicted XI: Katey Martin, Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, Hayley Jensen, Sophie Devine(C), Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday
India women team news and predicted XI
Team news: India last played an ODI series in September against Australia. They lost the first two games before winning the last one. Smriti Mandhana is back in the team after missing the one-off T20I due to extended quarantine.
Predicted XI: Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav
Head to head record
In the 48 matches played between these two teams, India Women have won 19 and New Zealand Women have won 28. They last played an ODI series in 2019 when India toured New Zealand.
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for NZ-W vs IND-W 1st ODI
Harmanpreet Kaur – Batter, India women
Harmanpreet Kaur is one of the marquee players for this series. The T20I skipper was in fine form in the Women’s Big Bash League, and will be looking to maintain that form ahead of the World Cup. Playing for Melbourne Renegades, the 32-year-old scored 406 runs in 13 games and also picked up 15 wickets which won her the Player of the Tournament Award. Kaur is also among the most experienced players in the side – she brings with her the experience of playing 107 ODIs, from which she has a batting average of 34.70 along with 26 wickets. Kaur’s price on the MPL app for the opening ODI is 9.5 credits.
Smriti Mandhana – Batter, India women
Smriti Mandhana missed the lone T20I due to extended quarantine, but is now back with the team for the five ODIs. Like Kaur, Mandhana was also impressive in WBBL 2021 – 2022, where she scored 377 runs in 13 games at an average of 34.27 and strike rate of 130.44. This includes a century as well. In the 50-over format, the opening batter has played 62 games, from which she has 2377 runs at an average of 41.70. Her price on the MPL app is 9.5 credits.
Jhulan Goswami – Bowler, India women
Veteran seamer Jhulan Goswami, who retired from the shortest format in 2018, will lead the pace attack for India. Goswami currently tops the list of all-time wicket-takers in women’s ODIs, having taken a total of 240 wickets in 192 matches since her debut in 2002. At the age of 39, she still continues to bamboozle the best of batters. Goswami’s price for the opening ODI between New Zealand and India is
Sophie Devine – All-rounder, New Zealand Women
The captain of the New Zealand team scored a 23-ball 31 in the one-off T20I and will be looking to hit a longer knock in the ODI. She is coming into this tournament after a good domestic season last month – she picked 7 wickets in four games while also scoring 153 runs with the bat. Before that, Devine was the third-highest run-scorer in the WBBL, having scored 442 runs in 14 innings. In all, the 32-year-old has played 116 ODIs for New Zealand women, from which she has 2806 runs at an average of 30.50. With the ball, she has picked up 82 wickets. Devine’s price for the fantasy game is 10 credits.
Lea Tahuhu – All-rounder, New Zealand Women
The all-rounder was the Player of the Match in the on-off T20I against India. With the bat, she hit a 14-ball 27 that was laced with four boundaries and a maximum. With the ball, she picked up one wicket for 27 runs in her four over. In all, she has played 75 ODIs from New Zealand, picking 82 wickets and scoring 300 runs. Tahuhu is priced at
MPL fantasy XI – NZ-W vs IND-W
NZ-W vs IND-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India
The New Zealand Women vs India Women series will not be televised live on TV. But you can watch it live on the Amazon Prime app. The match will begin at 3.30 AM on February 12.