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CWG 2022 match 8: NZ-W vs SL-W T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: New Zealand women vs Sri Lanka women T20I (NZ-W vs SL-W)

Date: August 2, 10:30 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

New Zealand Women will take on Sri Lanka Women in Match 8 of CWG Women’s Cricket 2022. New Zealand Women beat South Africa Women in their opening match by 13 runs and sit in the second spot in Group B. Batting first, the White Ferns put up a total of 167 runs on the board. Suzie Bates remained unbeaten on 91, while skipper Sophie Devine (48) and Amelia Kerr (20) also made significant contributions. Later in the game, Devine picked up three wickets as well to help defend the target.

Sri Lanka Women, on the other hand, lost their first match against England Women and are placed in the last position in Group B. They put up a substandard performance with the bat, collectively managing only 106 runs in 20 overs. The top score of 25 came from Nilakshi de Silva. Unsurprisingly, their bowlers were unable to defend the target as England wrapped up the chase in 17.1 overs. Sri Lanka will now look to get off the mark in CWG 2022 when they clash against New Zealand. However, getting the better of the Sophie Devine-led side is not going to be an easy task.

Ahead of match 8 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 SL-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 13 T20 internationals have been played at this venue in the past, of which only four matches have been won chasing. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first. The average first innings score on this ground is 147, while the average second innings score is 133. 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 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.

New Zealand women team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand are one of the best teams in the game’s shortest format and also one of the favourites to win the gold medal. They have plenty of match winners in their ranks like Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr and the others, and are unlikely to change their winning combination from the previous game.

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, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe, Isabella Gaze (wk), Fran Jonas, Eden Carson

Sri Lanka women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Sri Lanka will look to bounce back from their loss against England. Their weak zone was the batting – four of the batters scored in single digits while the highest individual score was just 25. But despite the loss, they are likely to stick with the same combination.

Squad: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Vishmi Gunaratne, Malsha Shehani, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Rashmi de Silva, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Anushka Sanjeewani.

Predicted XI: Vishmi Gunaratne, Chamari Atapattu (c), Hasini Perera, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Ama Kanchana, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani.

Head to head record

New Zealand women and Sri Lanka women have met each other in 8 T20 matches, all of which have been won by New Zealand. Sri Lanka are yet to open their win account against New Zealand in the game’s shortest format.

Total games – 8

Sri Lanka women – 0

New Zealand women – 8

Five players to watch out for

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

Chamari Athapaththu – batter, Sri Lanka

Chamari Athapaththu, Sri Lanka’s opening batter and captain, scored just 10 runs in the first game, but is still an excellent pick for your MPL team. Athapaththu recently scored 125 runs in three T20Is against India in June and was also Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker and run-scorer in the CWG 2022 qualifiers. In all, she has played 96 T20 internationals for Sri Lanka, from which she has 2064 runs at an average and strike rate of 22.57 and 104.68.

Inoka Ranaweera – bowler, Sri Lanka

Inoka Ranaweera was Sri Lanka’s best bowler in the game against England. She picked up three wickets for 29 runs and will be looking to continue with the good form in the next game. She was also Sri Lanka’s best bowler in the ODIs and T20Is against India, picking up a total of 12 wickets in six matches. In all, she has 52 wickets in as many T20Is.

Suzie Bates – batter, New Zealand

Suzie Bates scored 91 runs from just 64 balls against South Africa Women at a strike rate of over 142 and will be eyeing another big knock in the next game. She brings with her the experience of 127 T20Is, from which she has a batting average and strike rate of 30.44 and 110.78. Bates is a good choice for your MPL team’s captaincy too.

Sophie Devine – all-rounder, New Zealand

The New Zealand skipper and opening batter scored 48 runs in the first game and missed a half century by just two runs. A couple of months back, she was also one of the best performers in the Fairbreak tournament. The all-rounder overall has 2640 runs and 101 wickets from 103 T20Is.

Amelia Kerr – all-rounder, New Zealand

Amelia Kerr is another all-rounder who can help you win points in your fantasy game. She scored 20 runs and picked up a wicket in the first game and overall has 254 runs and 42 wickets in 43 matches.

MPL fantasy XI – SL-W vs NZ-W

NZ-W vs SL-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 10.30 PM IST on August 2.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

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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