Cricket match date: 6th February 2019
Cricket match time: 08:30 am IST
Cricket match location: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: India Women tour of New Zealand
Team A: New Zealand women
Team B: IND Women
Team A Captain: AE Satterthwaite
Team B Captain: Harmanpreet Kaur
Cricket Match Preview:
After the ODI cricket series, India women will take on New Zealand women in New Zealand in a three-match T20 cricket series. India men cricket team is also in New Zealand at the moment and will be playing a three-match T20 cricket series as well. India women team won the ODI cricket series earlier on the tour.
India women are coming into this tournament after a successful World T20 cricket tournament played in West Indies. They ended up as semifinalist under the leadership of Harmanpreet Kaur. However, what followed was a great turmoil for the team as India’s most successful player, Mithali Raj, had a clash with India’s then coach Ramesh Power. It led to a huge controversy with both parties blaming each other. It led to the ouster of Ramesh Powar as a coach from India women team. Now, WV Raman has been made the coach of the team.
It is almost certain that Mithali Raj will be part of the playing eleven in this cricket series. It will be interesting to see how Harmapreet Kaur leads the cricket side now. The earlier bitterness of the World Cup needs to go away if the team has to play at its potential. It was a successful tournament for India and it was unfortunate to see what followed thereafter.
New Zealand women team had a change of power as their skipper for many years, Suzie Bates, decided to relinquish the captaincy and hand it over to Amy Satterthwaite. They last faced India in the World T20 and was beaten comprehensively there. They also had a poor tournament as they failed to qualify for the next round.
This cricket series brings a wonderful opportunity for both sides to move away from their problems and play freely. With the next World T20 being far away, there is no real pressure on both sides and they can try various new players for the future.
Cricket Match Information:
India women and New Zealand women will take on each other in the first T20 cricket game at Wellington. It will be a three T20 cricket match series. It will be the first time India will be playing a T20 cricket game after their WT20 campaign. Also, it will be the first T20 cricket game between these two sides since the WT20 clash.
New Zealand Women
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
New Zealand women are playing a T20 cricket series after the World T20. Our prediction is they will go with the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game in the World T20.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- Suzie Bates
- AM Peterson
- SFM Devine
- AE Satterthwaite
- KJ Martin
- ML Green
- Katie Martin
- Haidee Tiffen
- Amelia Kerr
- Leigh Kasperek
- LMM Tahuhu
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India women will be led by Harmanpreet Kaur in this cricket series. Our prediction is they will go with the same playing eleven that played in the semifinal of the World T20.
Here is our prediction of India Women’s playing XI:
- Mithali Raj
- Smriti Mandhana
- JL Rodrigues
- Harmanpreet Kaur
- Veda Krishanmurthi
- D Hemalatha
- DB Sharma
- RP Yadav
- T Bhatia
- A Reddy
- Poonam Yadav
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Smriti Mandhana is the best Indian batswoman in the women’s team. She was, in fact, named the top batter in the world recently. With her aggressive style of playing, she will be the key to India’s success.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international cricket T20 played here produced the scores of 196 and 184 by New Zealand and England, respectively. The pitch had something in it for the pacers. Our prediction is of a middling-scoring cricket game between the two sides with the scores of around 140. Conditions are expected to be dry.
India women will begin the game as favourites. They are coming into this tournament after a successful WT20 tournament. Hence, despite New Zealand being the host side, our prediction is of India’s victory in the first game of cricket.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Smriti Mandhana (IND) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Poonam Yadav (IND) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Smriti Mandhana (IND)
New Zealand Women – 2.15
India Women – 1.54
*odds may change anytime