NZ-W vs IN-W 1st T2OI Preview

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NZ-W vs IN-W 1st T2OI Preview

05 Feb 2019 085 Views Yash Mittal

The Big Picture

After taking a pounding in the 3-match ODI series, the White Ferns will look to start the T20I series on a high when they take on the Women in Blue in the first T2OI on Wednesday.

The White Ferns' have hit a bumpy road as far as their performances are concerned in the recent past- both in ODIs and T20Is. While they have lost five of their last six ODIs, the Satterthwaite-led side was knocked out the group-stage of the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean where they lost to India in their opening fixture. The win was spearheaded by a whirlwind hundred from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur before the spin troika of Ekta Bist, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav knocked the winds out of the run-chase.

Similar template ensued in the ODI series where the Kiwi batting-unit could not tackle India's spinners but they will take heart from their performance in the last One-day.

India Women vs New Zealand Women

The key to putting pressure on India is by knocking over Smriti Mandhana cheaply and expose their fledgling middle-order which is exactly what Suzie Bates alluded to in the lead-up to the game.

“She [Mandhana] is a classy player and loves pace on the ball. She has scored at a very good clip in the one-dayers. So we will have to come up with good plans to reduce her boundaries in T20Is.” Bates to ANI

This will be the first T20I that India will play after their controversial defeat to England in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 which led to the ouster of the then coach Romesh Powar after Mithali Raj was dropped for the all-important fixture.

Their template to success will once again hinge on the spinners and Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur's form with the bat. But the big question is: Will Mithali Raj open the batting?

Where- Westpac Stadium, Wellington

When- Wednesday, February 06, 2019, 08:30 AM IST

 

Head-to-Head

Total- 8

Won by India- 3

Won by White Ferns'- 5

 

What to expect?

With the drop-in pitch being used at the Westpac Stadium, the track normally aids the batting side; expect some fireworks from both sides. Teams bowling first seem to have the advantage here as they have won seven of the nine matches played at the venue.

Team News & Playing 11

The White Ferns' have named a 13-member squad for the T20I series including two uncapped players in Katie Gurrey and Rosemary Mair.

Playing 11- Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Katie Martin, Katie Gurrey, Amy Satterthwaite, F Mackay, Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair, Hanna Rowe

India has released a 15-women squad for the series.

Playing 11- Smriti Mandhana, Tanya Bhatia, Mithali Raj, Jemmimah Rodriques, Harmanpreet Kaur, Daylana Hemlatha, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bist, Shikha Pandey

Yash Mittal

Bharat Army Cricket Writer

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