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WI-W vs NZ-W 1st T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: West Indies Women vs New Zealand Women, 1st T20I (WI – W vs NZ – W)

Date: September 28, Wednesday, 11:00 PM IST

Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua

West Indies will square off against visitors New Zealand in the 1st T20I at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on September 28, Wednesday. New Zealand won the ODI series 2-1 earlier in the month and will be eyeing another series win.

This will be the first T20I series for West Indies Women since September 2021 when they drew 1-1 against South Africa Women at home. Anisa Mohammed was at the helm of the team but for this series, Hayley Matthews is the skipper. They have lost only one of their last six women’s T20 internationals and will be looking to keep the winning streak unbroken in the upcoming series.

New Zealand Women, on the other hand, last played T20 international at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham in the month of August. They went all the way to the semi-final and finished as the bronze medalists.

The squad of both the teams is not much different from the teams that played in the ODI series. Amelia Kerr was the leading run scorer in the ODI series while Jess Kerr was New Zealand Women’s top wicket taker. Although the White Ferns appear to be a stronger side on paper as compared to the hosts, we expect the T20I series to be a close-fought one.

Ahead of the first T20I between West Indies Women and New Zealand Women in Antigua, 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 WI-W vs NZ-W, 1st T20I  

The pitch at Sir Vivian Richard stadium is balanced for both batters and bowlers in white-ball cricket. But the fast bowlers do better at this venue as compared to the slow bowlers.

Overall, the ground has hosted 12 T20I matches to date, of which 6 were won by the teams batting first, and five games were won by teams chasing the target. 126 is the average first innings score from those 29 games, while the highest and lowest T20I total recorded at this venue is 165 for 3 and 71 for 10.

The weather in Antigua will be mostly cloudy with some chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 24 to 29 degrees Celsius.

New Zealand women team news and predicted XI

Team news: New Zealand are currently placed third in the ICC Women’s T20I team rankings. On paper, they appear to be a stronger side as compared to the hosts and are the favourites to win this series.

Squad: Sophie Devine (captain), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Lauren Down, Izzy Gaze, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr, Molly Penfold, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu

Predicted XI: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Georgia Plimmer, Amelia Kerr, Brooke Halliday, Lea Tahuhu, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Isabella Gaze (wk), Hannah Rowe, Fran Jonas

West Indies women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Shemaine Campbelle has been ruled out of the series with an injury.

Squad: Hayley Matthews (Captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Shabika Gajnab, Chinelle Henry,  Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams

Predicted XI: Natasha McLean, Hayley Matthews (c), Stefanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbelle (wk), Kyshona Knight, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Aaliyah Alleyne, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell, Cherry Ann Fraser

Head to head record

West Indies Women and New Zealand Women have played 18 T20I matches against each other, of which West Indies Women have won 4 and New Zealand Women have 13 wins.

Total games – 18

New Zealand women – 13

West Indies women – 4

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for WI-W vs NZ-W 1st T20I

Sophie Devine –all-rounder, New Zealand Women

New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine has scored 208 runs in her last six T20I outings at an average of more than 40. Devine is currently the world’s top ranked all-rounder in the ICC T20I all-rounder rankings and she brings with her the experience of more than a 100 T20I matches. The right hand batter has a batting average and strike rate of 30.42 and 123.17 in 107 T20Is along with 104 wickets.

Amelia Kerr – all-rounder, New Zealand Women

Amelia Kerr is another all-rounder you can pick in your fantasy team. In the recently concluded The Hundred Women 2022 tournament, she scored 199 runs in six matches and also took nine wickets. She was also impressive at the Commonwealth Games, in which she made significant contributions with both the bat and ball.  

Hayley Matthews – all-rounder, West Indies women

Ranked fifth in ICC’s T20I all-rounders rankings, Matthews is another all-rounder indispensable to your fantasy team. She scored 86 runs and took five wickets in three games at the recent Women’s CPL 2022, before which she batted at a strike rate of over 143 at the Commonwealth Games. The experienced all-rounder has overall played 62 T20Is, from which she 1113 runs and 60 wickets.

Suzie Bates – batter, New Zealand women

Suzie Bates scored 232 runs in seven matches in the Women’s Hundred 2022 and is also one of New Zealand Women’s most dependable batters. . Bates brings with her the experience of 131 T20I games, from which she has a batting average of almost 30. She also has 50 wickets in the format.

Hayley Jansen – bowler, West Indies women

Hayley Jensen has had a good year so far. She has taken nine wickets in six matches in 2022, and has bowled at an economy rate of 5.76. Add to that, she is coming into this series on the back of impressive performances in the ODI series.

MPL fantasy XI – WI-W vs NZ-W, 1st T20I

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

The West Indies Women vs New Zealand Women T20I series will not be televised live in India. But you can watch the game on the Fancode app. The match will begin at 11.00 PM IST on September 28.

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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