Hamilton, February 10, Sunday at 08:30 AM IST
New Zealand sealed the series with 4-wicket win over India in the last ball thriller at Auckland and would be eyeing on the whitewash with the third and final game scheduled to be played tomorrow at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
While it was a close contest in Auckland, the batting was again a big issue with the visitors. Having put into bat first, India Women pulled 135-6 on the board in 20 overs. Barring Smriti Mandhana (36 of 27) and J Rodrigues (72 of 53) nobody else managed to score in double digits. However, bowlers did a commendable job this time with their accurate and disciplined attack.
Coming to chase, Suzie Bates (62 of 52) was in the runs this time. Skipper Amy Satterthwaite (23 of 20) was also looking great but the wicket kept falling regularly. At one point, New Zealand needed 14 runs off the final two overs and Deepti Sharma conceded just four runs in the nineteenth over and the White Ferns were left with nine runs to get in the final six deliveries. However, New Zealand held on their nerve to register a 4 wickets win with a single of the last delivery.
Now, with the series already lost, it will be interesting to watch if the veteran Mithali Raj gets a game or not. The hosts are expected to remain unchanged and would be eyeing on series whitewash to compensate the ODI series loss.
India – L, L
New Zealand – W, W,
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The probable NZ-W vs IN-W playing 11 is listed below.
New Zealand –
Wicketkeeper: Katey Martin
Batswomen: Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Caitlin Gurrey,
All-rounder: Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine
Bowlers: Leigh Kasperek, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair, Anna Peterson
Wicketkeeper: Taniya Bhatia
Batswomen: Smriti Mandhana, Priya Punia/Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c)
All-rounder: Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma
Bowlers: Arundhati Reddy, Mansi Joshi/S Pandey, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav
New Zealand Women – Amy Satterthwaite(c), Katey Martin, Rosemary Mair, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Suzie Bates, Hayley Jensen, Caitlin Gurrey, Frances Mackay, Sophie Devine, Lea Tahuhu
India Women – Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Arundhati Reddy, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Mithali Raj, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Jemimah Rodrigues, Priya Punia
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Fantasy picks from India Women-
Smriti Mandhana and J Rodriguez are the key batters for the side. Only these two have managed to score runs in the series
Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav will be the key in bowling
Fantasy picks from New Zealand Women-
Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and skipper Amy Satterthwaite will be the key in batting
Bates scored a fifty in the last match and looked in good touch
Lea Tahuhu, Leigh Kasperek and Amelia Kerr will be the key in bowling