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CWG 2022 match 3: NZ-W vs SA-W T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: New Zealand women vs South Africa women T20I (NZ-W vs SA-W)

Date: July 30, 4:30 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

New Zealand Women will take on South Africa Women in Match 3 of CWG Women’s Cricket 2022. The White Ferns were not able to make it to the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup, but were impressive in the bilateral limited-overs series against India. It can be mentioned that New Zealand have not played any international cricket after the World Cup in February, and thus do not have enough match practice.

South Africa, on the other hand, very recently played against England in a multi-format series, but lost both the ODI and T20I series 3-0. Earlier, they qualified for the semi-final of the World Cup before being eliminated.

South Africa Women haven’t performed well against New Zealand Women historically, having won only two games against them. To add to their woes, some of their key players are out of form. New Zealand, meanwhile, boast of players like Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates and Amelia Kerr and are one of the strongest teams in the shortest format.

Both the teams will look to start their Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign on a winning note. But going by how both the teams look on paper, the White Ferns are the favourites to win this encounter.

Ahead of match 3 of CWG cricket 2022, 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 SA-W T20I

Edgbaston, Birmingham is an excellent batting pitch. Fast bowlers get plenty of assistance from the surface but spinners do not get enough turn. A total of nine T20 internationals have been played at this venue in the past, of which only one match has been won chasing. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first. The average first innings score on this ground is 164, while the average second innings score is 146. The highest total recorded is 221 for 5 while the lowest total recorded is 121 for 10.

The weather during the game will be overcast and we could see showers interrupt the game. The temperature will fluctuate between 27 to 30 degrees Celsius.

New Zealand women team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand boast of players like Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates and Amelia Kerr in their ranks, and are one of the strongest teams in the shortest format. On the bowling front, the likes of Hannah Rowe and Fran Jonas will be expected to do well with the new ball. New Zealand have played just one T20I game in all of 2022 and will be looking to start the CWG on a winning note.

Squad: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Izzy Gaze, Claudia Green, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.  

Predicted XI: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Jessica McFadyen (wk), Brooke Halliday, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair, Hannah Rowe, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas

South Africa women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Trisha Chetty and Tumi Sekhukhune have been ruled out of the entirety of the tournament due to back and groin injuries, respectively. Meanwhile, Marizanne Kapp is also not available due to personal reasons.

Squad: Suné Luus (c), Chloé Tryon, Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt

Predicted XI: Sune Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Trisha Chetty (wk), Ayabonga Khaka, Chloe Tryon, Shabnim Ismail, Tumi Sekhukhune, Lara Goodall, Nonkululeko Mlaba

Head to head record

New Zealand women and South Africa women have met each other in 11 T20 matches of which South Africa women have won only two.

Total games – 11

New Zealand women – 9

South Africa women – 2

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for NZ-W vs SA-W

Suzie Bates: batter, New Zealand women

Suzie Bates is the highest run-scorer in women’s T20 internationals, and that makes her indispensable to your MPL fantasy team. Most recently in the fairbreak invitational tournament which was held in Dubai, Bates put up some fine performances which includes knocks of 60 and 41*. Before that, she was the Player of the Match in an ODI against Pakistan for scoring 126 runs from 135 balls. In all, Bates has played 127 T20Is, from which she has a batting average and strike rate of 30.44 and 110.78.

Shabnim Ismail: bowler, South Africa women

Probably one of the best fast bowlers South Africa’s women team has ever had, Shabnim Ismail is another must-have player in your MPL team. She did not play a few games against England recently owing to an injury, and will now be looking to make a strong comeback. In all, she has played 103 T20Is, picking up 112 wickets.

Sophie Devine: all-rounder, New Zealand women

Sophie Devine was one of the best performers in the Fairbreak tournament. Among some of her impressive knocks were two half centuries. Devine is one of the most experienced players in the squad with 103 games under her name, from which she has a batting average of 30 and 101 wickets.

Laura Wolvaardt – batter, South Africa women

Laura Wolvaardt scored a half century each in the T20Is and ODIs against England and will be high on confidence ahead of South Africa’s first match in the CWG 2022. In 40 T20 internationals, Wolvaardt has a batting average and strike rate of 27.22 and 112.21.

Lea Tahuhu – bowler, New Zealand women

Lea Tahuhu had done well against India earlier this year, picking up three wickets for 17 runs in one of her spells. In all, she has 53 wickets in 62 T20Is.

MPL fantasy XI – NZ-W vs SA-W

NZ-W vs SA-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Commonwealth Games 2022 will be televised live on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 4.30 PM IST on July 30.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

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. 

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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