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NZ-W vs IND-W 5th ODI: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: New Zealand women vs India women, 5th ODI (NZ-W vs IND-W)

Date: February 24, Thursday, 03:30 AM IST

Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown, New Zealand

India and New Zealand will face off in the fifth and final ODI of the on-going series in Queenstown on Thursday. The hosts are unbeaten in the series so far, and will be eyeing a whitewash by winning the last game as well.

New Zealand won the rain-curtailed fourth ODI by 63 runs. Batting first, they put up 191 runs in 20 overs. Amelia Kerr remained unbeaten on 68, while Suzie Bates was the other standout batter with a knock of 41 runs. Chasing 192, India got off to the worst start possible, with their top four in the batting line-up scoring only 17 runs combined. Except for Richa Ghosh’s 52 and Mithali Raj’s 30, no other batter could do anything substantial. Three of India’s batters registered a duck, while four others were dismissed on single digit scores. The side was bundled out for 128 runs in 17.5 overs.

This series has presented both the teams an opportunity to finalise their playing combinations for next month’s Women’s ODI World Cup, which begins on March 6 in New Zealand. For India, there is plenty to ponder over ahead of the mega event, especially their batting.

Ahead of the fifth and final 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

Going by how the pitch played out in the two four ODIs so far, the pitch is batting friendly but gives assistance to the bowlers too. It is thus advised to pick as many all-rounders as possible in your fantasy team. The average first innings score in the series has been 273 while average second innings score has been 243. The team winning the toss would be looking to bat second.

As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 14 to 20 degree Celsius. The sky is expected to be clear with no chances of rain.  

New Zealand women team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand have not lost any game to India this series – they won the one-off T20I before winning all of the four ODIs.  Their batting as well as bowling has looked good throughout and they and they will be looking to carry the same team performance into the final game to register a whitewash.

Predicted XI: Sophie Devine (C), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Amy Satterthwaite, Lauren Down, Lea Tahuhu, Katey Martin, Frances Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Hannah Rowe.

India women team news and predicted XI

Team news: India made five changes to their line-up from the third ODI. Smriti Mandhana, who missed the first three ODIs due to extended quarantine, played her first game of the series, while an out-of-form Harmanpreet Kaur was dropped. Despite making five changes for the fourth ODI, nothing much went right for India in the game.

Predicted XI: Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Sneh Rana, Richa Ghosh, Deepti Sharma, Renuka Singh, Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami.

Head to head record

In the 52 matches played between these two teams, India Women have won 19 and New Zealand Women have won 32. This is their first bilateral ODI series since 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 5th ODI

Mithali Raj– Batter, India women

The captain of the Indian team has looked in great touch in the series, having hit two consecutive half-centuries in the first two games, which was followed by substantial knocks in the next two games. In the fourth ODI, Raj was India’s second-highest run-scorer with a knock of 30, which was laced with two boundaries and a maximum. The veteran batter brings with her the experience of playing international cricket for more than 19 years and is a must-have in your MPL team.

Smriti Mandhana – Batter, India women

Smriti Mandhana played her first game of the series in the fourth ODI after missing other games due to extended quarantine. But the opening batter failed to get going on her return, and could manage only 13 runs. However, the southpaw still remains a must-have player in your MPL team. ICC Cricketer of the Year 2021, Mandhana is among the best batters in women’s cricket– she has a batting average of over 40 in her 63-match ODI career.

Amelia Kerr – All-rounder, New Zealand women

Amelia Kerr has been the standout performer for the hosts in this series. Player of the Match in the fourth ODI, the right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 68 off 33 balls that was laced with 11 boundaries and a maximum. With the ball, she picked up three wickets in 3.5 overs. Earlier in the second ODI, Kerr had scored a knock of 119 off 135 balls, finding the boundary seven times. In four ODIs this series, Kerr has 287 runs and six wickets. The 21-year-old has overall played 45 ODIs for New Zealand Women, from which she has a batting average of 38.92 along with 66 wickets.

Suzie Bates– Batter, New Zealand women

Suzie Bates scored a century in the opening ODI, but managed only 21 runs combined in the next two games. However, she found form again in the fourth ODI, in which she scored 41 runs off 26 balls that were laced with seven boundaries. Bates has played over a 100 ODIs for New Zealand, and has a batting average of more than 40.

Jess Kerr – Bowler, New Zealand women

Right arm medium pacer Jess Kerr has picked up nine wickets in four games and has also been largely economical. In the fourth ODI, Kerr picked up two wickets for just 11 runs in her three overs. Although relatively new to ODI cricket, Kerr has been impressive with 17 wickets in 13 games.

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 24. 

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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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