AU-W vs NZ-W Dream11: The New Zealand women tour of Australia has come to its final stage now, and AU-W vs NZ-W will lock horns with each other on Oct 7 at the Allan Border field in Brisbane for the final time in the series. Australia has already taken the series by winning the first two games, so we can call this game a dead rubber. Australia has looked in terrific touch in this whole tour and they have dominated the Kiwis in every department. They extended their hold on the Rose Bowl to 21 years. Most importantly, they have won crucial situations which have allowed them to win games. Their senior players have stepped up whenever the team needed them to do. Now they stand a chance to equal the world record of consecutive ODI wins held by Ricky Ponting's 2003 team as they are on a record 20-match winning run.
On the other hand, the White Ferns will finally look to salvage some pride after a disappointing tour so far. Though they have given Australia some fight in some situations, but have often been unable to sustain the pressure for a long time. The loss of Suzie Bates due to shoulder injury has given NZ some headache at the top of the order. The batting line-up did well to post a decent total of 252 on the board. But the Australian batting put the pressure on NZ bowlers from ball one and maintained it till the last ball of the match despite losing 6 wickets. New Zealand had lots of positives in the game and will look forward to build on that.
Fixture name: Australia women vs New Zealand women
Competition: New Zealand women tour of Australia
Date: 7 October 2020
Time: 5:40 AM IST
Ground: Allan Border field, Brisbane
Brief score of the last result at the venue- Au Women 255/6 (45.6 overs) beat NZ women 252/9 by 4 wickets.
The loss of Ellyse Perry and fast bowler Delissa Kimmince hasn’t really affected Australia’s performances so far. They have found ways to win crucial situations. Captain Meg Lanning has been the standout performer in the series for Australia with the bat and is also a crucial contender for the Player of the Series. Other than her, the spinners have been outstanding throughout the series. Georgia Wareham, in particular, has been outstanding so far with her leg-spin. Haynes can be trusted upon to score runs as she showed some form at the top of the order in the last game. NZ, on the other hand, showed lots of positives and will look forward to build on those. Senior players Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite took the responsibility in the last game. Amelia Kerr too displayed bright form picking up 3 wickets out of 6 Australian wickets that fell. These players can be great picks in the fantasy eleven. Lea Tahuhu was expensive in the first game before she pulled out of the game with a back and side strain issue. Whether she is fit enough to play or not, we will get to know on the eve of the match. Other than this, there are no injury worries in the side and the combination is likely to remain the same.
The weather is likely to remain mostly sunny throughout the game with a humidity of 53%. There should be a full game of cricket. Again dew factor should be neglected while making this AU-W vs NZ-W Dream11 team.
AU-W vs NZ-W Dream11 playing 11:
AU-W Playing 11
Alyssa Healy (wk)
Meg Lanning (C)
NZ-W Playing 11
Sophie Devine (C)
Katie Martin (wk)
Lea Tahuhu/Holly Huddleston
AU-W vs NZ-W Dream11 Expert Picks
Meg Lanning- The skipper is in terrific form of late and scored a century in the last game which was followed by a match-winning half-century in the first game. Most importantly, she is yet to be dismissed in the ODI series. NZ bowlers have had no answers to her batting and she is expected to grind them one more time. An average of over 50 justifies her talent and the hunger to score runs in all conditions against all the teams.
Alyssa Healy– She has had some great starts in both the games but has been unable to convert her starts into bigger ones. The last couple of years have been a dream for her since she has opened the innings for Australia. If she gets going, she alone has the ability to take the game away from the opposition with a flurry of boundaries. Expect her to come good this time around.
Rachel Haynes- Haynes has been in the Australian scheme of things for some time now but hasn’t been a regular in the regular eleven despite producing some eye-catching performances. With Ellyse Perry injured, she has been given an opportunity at the top of the order with Healy and she repaid the faith by scoring a brilliant 82 off just 89 balls. She can be trusted to play a good innings this time around.
Amy Satterthwaite- She was timing the ball beautifully in the first game and scored runs at a good strike rate too. The left hander’s elegance was on full show on Sunday and she can be expected to repeat her heroics this time around. Had she continued a little longer, NZ could have reached 280 too. Being a good player of spin, her experience will come into fore with NZ looking to salvage some pride from a rather disappointing tour so far.
Amelia Kerr- She showed in the last T20I that she has those nerves required to win against big teams and big situations. In the last ODI too, she picked up 3 wickets which included 2 wickets in 2 balls. If she gets going, she can turn the tide around with her all-round performance. Expect her to play freely in this game.
Sophie Devine- The skipper impressed with both bat and ball in the second ODI. She stitched a crucial partnership with Satterthwaite and also bowled her full quota of 10 overs picking up 2 crucial wickets. Expect her to score runs at the top of the order.
Megan Schutt– The premier fast bowler for Australia hasn’t particularly looked at her best in this series. She herself was also stated as saying that she hasn’t been overly pleased with the way she has bowled in this series. But good players always make great comebacks. With the last game of the series, expect her to play with a free mind with Australia already having won the series. She can make a difference in this AU-W vs NZ-W Dream11 today match prediction.
Katie Martin- The wicketkeeper-batsman is underrated but has impressed with the shots with the limited opportunities that she has got till now. In the last game too, she scored a quickfire 26 off 14 balls which included 3 fours and 1 six. If she gets going, she can be that middle-order batter that NZ desperately need.
Rosemary Mair- Another underrated NZ player who has bowled beautifully in the series so far. She had impressive figures of 2 for 21 in 7 overs in the first game and conceded just 41 runs in her quota of 10 overs in the second game when Australia were going at over 5 runs an over. Particularly good with the new ball, she can be expected to pick up crucial wickets upfront.