Match: New Zealand women vs India women, one-off T20I (NZ-W vs IND-W)
Date: February 9, Thursday, 05:30 AM IST
Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown, New Zealand
Ahead of the much-anticipated ICC Women’s World Cup 2022, India and New Zealand are set to lock horns in a bilateral series comprising one T20I and five ODIs. The series will start with the one-off T20I which will be played at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown on February 9. All of the games will be played in Queenstown to avoid exposing the players to the threat of Covid19. Team India completed a 10-day quarantine in Christchurch before arriving in Queensland earlier this week.
Both the teams are yet to finalize their playing combinations for the World Cup, and this series will provide them the opportunity to do the same. For India, especially, the series will be more beneficial as they will be able to acclimatize to the playing conditions in New Zealand – where the World Cup will be played.
India will be led by Harmanpreet Kaur, while the likes of Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol and Shikha Pandey have been left out of the T20I team. The hosts will be led by Sophie Devine and the likes of Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and Lea Tahuhu will be expected to play key roles.
Ahead of the one-off T20I, 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
This will be the first game that will be played at the John Davies Oval across men’s and women’s T20Is. But the venue has hosted 10 ODI here, in which the team batting first has won only a single game. Generally it is a good wicket for batting and 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. However, it is going to be partly cloudy towards afternoon with a 79 percent chance of precipitation. There are high chances of rain interrupting the game.
New Zealand women team news and predicted XI
Team news: New Zealand last played a T20 series in September last year against England, winning it 2-1. Before that, they played Australia in three T20Is in April, which they drew 1-1.
Predicted XI: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin (wk), Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr, Hannah Rowe.
India women team news and predicted XI
Team news: India last played a T20I series against Australia in October last year. But they were not able to win any of the games. Prior to that in July, they had lost another three-match T20I series against England 1-2.
Predicted XI: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav
Head to head record
New Zealand women and India women have faced each other a total of 12 times in the shortest format, with the White Ferns winning eight games and India four. The last time these two sides met in a T20I game was in the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 which India won by three runs.
NZ-W vs IND-W: 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, one-off T20I
Harmanpreet Kaur – Batter, India women
The India skipper was in fine form in the Women’s Big Bash League, and will be looking to translate those performances into international T20s. The 32-year-old, playing for Melbourne Renegades, scored 406 runs in 13 games and also picked up 15 wickets which won her a Player of the Tournament Award. However, if we talk about her performances in T20 internationals over the last one year, she has managed only 121 runs in six games. The experienced batter will be looking to leave behind her T20I performances and replicate the T20 performances in the one-off T20I. Kaur’s price on the MPL app for the lone T20I is 9.5 credits.
Smriti Mandhana – Batter, India women
Smriti Mandhana has been one of India’s best batters in their last 10 T20I matches. She has 266 runs from her last 10 matches at an average of 29 and a strike rate of 131. 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. Mandhana will be one of India’s key players at the World Cup and will be looking to hit form ahead of the marquee event. Her price on the MPL app is 9.5 credits.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad – Bowler, India women
Rajeshwari Gayakwad has picked up nine wickets from her last seven matches while bowling at an economy rate of 6.00. The slow left-arm bowler has also been impressive in her recent outings in domestic cricket. She picked up 4 wickets in the last game she played in the Women’s Challenger Trophy and will be eager to produce similar spells in New Zealand. Deepti Sharma is another good pick – she too has seven wickets in her last 10 games. Gayakwad is priced at 8.5 credits, while to pick all-rounder Sharma you need to shell out 9 credits.
Sophie Devine – All-rounder, New Zealand Women
The captain of New Zealand team is among the world’s best T20I all-rounders. 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. Prior to that, she was the third-highest run-scorer in the WBBL, having scored 442 runs in 14 innings. In all, she has over 2000 T20I runs and 97 wickets, which also make her the leading wicket-taker for the White Ferns in the shortest format. Devine’s price for the fantasy game is 10 credits.
Suzie Bates – Batter, New Zealand Women
Suzie Bates is New Zealand Women’s highest run-scorer in T20Is. From 125 matches, she has 3344 runs at an average and strike rate of 29.59 and 110.18. With the ball, she has picked up 50 wickets in the format at an economy of 6.73. Her price for this game is 9.5 credits.
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 on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney+ Hotstar app. The match will begin at 5.30 AM IST on February 9.