About the Match
Australia women defeated New Zealand women in the recent ODI series and now they are geared up to repeat the feat in the T20 series of the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship, with the 1st T20 scheduled to be held between the two teams on 28th February at Wellington. The hosts failed to dominate against rivals Australia in the 50-over format but they will be eager to bounce back here with a better show; both sides have talented players who can help the team win the contest and whichever team succeeds in keeping their nerves together under crunch situations will emerge victorious.
New Zealand Women
Suzie Bates is in good nick with the bat and she scored a brilliant 110 off 133 against Australia recently; along with others like Satterthwaite, McGlashan and Rachel Priest, the Kiwis can try to build a good foundation whether batting first or during chase. They have good all-rounders like Bates, Devine and Satterthwaite, who can provide depth to the bowling attack with their skills.
Lea Tahuhu, Morna Nielsen, Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine will try to outwit the Aussies with their pace attack while Bermingham and Leigh Kasperek can bring in their spin tactics to the table; overall, they have the resources to restrict the Australian women in their run-flow. Kasperek claimed 2-37 in her 7-over spell while Tahuhu proved to be the most economical in the last game against Australia.
If New Zealand can post a big total with contributions from the middle and lower-middle order, the bowlers will get a better chance to fight; in case of a chase, they must ensure not to lose early wickets and try to keep the scoreboard ticking with quick singles and two’s. The Kiwis will be eager to do well here and with a proper strategy, they can surely avenge their recent defeats here.
Chasing 244 against New Zealand, captain Meg Lanning posted a well-made 127 off 135 to take the team safely home; half-century by Blackwell and good contribution by Ellyse Perry helped them win the one-day match by 6 wickets. They look good to continue with their hard-hitting form and put up match-winning performances yet again.
The bowlers did well to restrict New Zealand to 243 runs thanks to Farrell and Jonassen, who took a wicket each and also stifled the opposition in their run-flow. Perry and Schutt also took a wicket each and along with others like Coyte and Beams, the Australian bowling squad looks confident to dominate on the field.
Overall, they are a tough unit to beat and with the recent victories, they definitely have the psychological advantage to take on tough oppositions like New Zealand and triumph in the T20 format of the game too.
While both teams are equally matched in terms of talent and determination, more often the not, Australians had the last laugh when the two teams met in recent past. New Zealand will enjoy home advantage for yet another time in the series, but with women in yellow looking in prime form, the kiwis will have to fight hard. We think that the visitors, thanks to their form and balance, will win the first T20 of the series