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NZ-W vs IND-W, Women’s WC 2022 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: New Zealand Women vs India Women, (NZ-W vs IND-W, Match #8)

Date: March 10, 2022 – 6:30 AM IST

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, the women’s WC 2022 will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network. Catch the live action of the New Zealand vs India match on Star Sports 2 & 3 at 6:30 AM IST. You can also watch the match live on online streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar.

New Zealand Women vs India Women: 

New Zealand Women bounced back strongly in the second game after losing their first fixture. India Women also claimed a comprehensive victory in their first game. The two teams will now lock horns in match no. 8 of the Women’s ODI World Cup 2022 at Seddon Park on Thursday. 

The hosts New Zealand suffered a heartbreaking loss in the opening game against West Indies by just 3 runs. In the second game, they hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets. In a rain-curtailed 27-over match, White Ferns restricted the opponents to 140/8 on the back of Amy Satterthwaite’s 3 for 25. Suzie Bates scored 79 while Amelia Kerr smashed 47 as they chased down the target in 20 overs. 

India Women defeated Pakistan by 107 runs in their first game of the WC. Batting first, Smriti Mandhana (52) and Deepti Sharma (40) put on a 92-run stand for the second wicket but soon a collapse reduced India to 114/6. Sneh Rana (53) and Pooja Vastrakar (67) added 122 runs for the seventh wicket to dig them out of the hole. Defending 245, India skittled Pakistan out for just 137 with Rajeshwari Gayakwad picking four wickets. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for NZ-W vs IND-W

Seddon Park in Hamilton is a terrific venue for batting while the pacers could also get assistance on these pitches. The average first innings total from 38 ODIs played here reads 239. The highest total registered at this ground was 363/4 by West Indies men while the lowest of 92 belongs to India men. In the first game of the ongoing WC played here, Australia women posted 310 while England scored 298 in response. 

The weather in Hamilton, New Zealand is expected to be generally clear on Thursday. The humidity will be around 59% while the temperature is likely to hover around 27°C. 

New Zealand – Expected XI and Team News 

White Ferns made a couple of changes in the last game. They brought in Frances Mackay for Brooke Halliday and Hayley Jensen for Fran Jonas. Lauren Down was ruled out of the WC due to a thumb fracture, with Georgia Plimmer taking her place. They’re likely to go in with the same playing XI.

Probable XI – Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (c), Amelia Kerr, Amy Satterthwaite, Maddy Green, Frances Mackay, Katey Martin (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Hayley Jensen

India – Expected XI and Team News 

India seems to have found their best playing XI combination. Deepti Sharma’s promotion to no. 3 is an excellent move for them as well as for fantasy players. India are unlikely to make any changes to their side after winning the last game comprehensively. 

Probable XI – Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Head to head record of NZ-W vs IND-W

New Zealand Women had the upper hand over India in ODI cricket. Out of 53 contests between the two, NZ women have 32 matches while India women have claimed 20. In the last five meetings, NZ lead the scoreline by 4-1.

New Zealand – 32

India – 20

Tie – 1

Match : Five players to watch out for in the NZ-W vs IND-W match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Sophie Devine: All-rounder, New Zealand

Sophie Devine, one of the best players in the game, has a stellar career. She has scored 3040 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 31, including six hundreds and 13 fifties. The right arm seamer also has 86 wickets in the format. Devine hammered 161* in the warm-up game against Australia and followed it up with 108 in the first WC game. Devine is a solid C/VC option, coming at 10 credits. 

Smriti Mandhana: Batter, India 

Smriti Mandhana is amongst the very best batters in the game. The Indian opener has scored 2513 runs from 57 ODIs at an average of 42, with the help of four hundreds and 21 fifties. She smashed 66 in the warm-up game against West Indies and followed it up with 52 in the first match. Mandhana is priced at 9.5 credits and is a good C/VC option. 

Amelia Kerr: All-rounder, New Zealand

Amelia Kerr is amongst the most valuable players in women’s cricket. The leg-spinner has 68 wickets to her name from 47 matches at a strike rate of 35.2, with best figures of 5/17. The NZ no. 3 has scored 1099 runs in ODIs at an average of 41, including two hundreds and five fifties. Amelia is coming off 47* and can be a terrific C/VC option at 10.5 credits. 

Suzie Bates: Batter, New Zealand

The 34yr Suzie Bates is one of the pillars of White Ferns over the years. The opening batter has amassed 4872 runs in 137 games at an average of 41, including 11 hundreds and 28 fifties. Bates is coming off an excellent knock of 79* against Bangladesh. She is priced at 9.5 credits. 

Rajeshwari Gayakwad: Bowler, India

The 30yr old left arm orthodox spinner boasts of a fantastic record in the fifty-over format. Rajeshwari Gayakwad has snared 85 wickets from just 52 matches at a strike rate of 31.9. She’s coming off a brilliant 4 for 31 in the last game and will have plenty of right-handers to bowl at in the NZ batting line-up. She’s priced at 9 credits. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

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