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Another day, another disappointment for the Kiwis. Such has been the Australian tour for the New Zealand Women Cricket team thus far. Barring a solitary win in the T20Is, New Zealand Women have looked dismal and the same was the case in the recently concluded 2nd ODI as well. The two teams will now be up against each other to play the final ODI of the series on 7th October 2020 at Allan Border Field, Brisbane.
Though the match is a dead-rubber as far as the series is concerned, it is of massive importance for both sides. Australians will be looking to register a win here and match the 21-match winning streak record of Ricky Ponting's team. On the other hand, New Zealand Women would want to end this tour on a happy note with a consolation win.
With a win in the 2nd ODI, Australia Women completed their 20th successive win with their skipper leading from the front. While they have looked iffy at times on this tour, those times have been far and few. Besides, Australia Women have looked better with every passing match and their performance with the bat in the last match was strong evidence of that.
Chasing a 252-run total, Australian Women got off to the best possible start with Rachel Haynes and Alyssa Healy adding 37 runs for the first wicket followed by a superb 114-run second-wicket partnership. Although they did lose Rachel Haynes and Beth Mooney with only 14 runs between the two dismissals, it didn't seem to affect Meg Lanning, who completed a match-winning hundred and returned not-out. While their top-order batting seems to be improving with every passing match, the Aussies will not want to leave too much for their lower-middle order. Primarily because most of their recent matches were finished before the lower-middle order, the lack of match-practice with the bat could prove to be fatal in crunch situations. Otherwise, on paper, this Australian batting certainly covers all aspects.
Australian bowling attack led the foundation for their win in the first match and although their bowlers' performance with the ball in the second match wasn't as good, it was still pretty decent. Ideally, the Australians would have wanted to keep the depleted Kiwis lineup to around the 230-run mark, which was the par score as well, they'd take the effort they produced as well. Jess Jonassen was easily the pick of their bowlers, picking up four wickets of 36 runs. She was ably assisted by Megan Schutt and Sophie Molineux, who both picked up a couple of wickets each. Molineux and Schutt, however, gave away too many loose deliveries, inflating their economy rate. They would want to be a lot tighter in the upcoming contest.
All in all, Australian Women couldn't have asked for a better result, especially coming in to play after a six-month-long gap. Although we believe that they are still far from their best, they will be a tough team to deal with in the upcoming match even if they continue to perform at the same levels as they have done in the two matches gone so far.
Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes, Annabel Sutherland, Beth Mooney, Sophie Molineux, Ashleigh Gardner, T McGrath, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
Even though the Black Caps failed to emerge on top in the second ODI, it was an inspiring performance from them. They were coming off a deflating loss in the first match and much to their disappointment, they didn't have the services of Suzie Bates available. Still, they did a superb job of posting a decent total, which eventually didn't prove to be enough. Had it not been for the superb batting effort by the Aussies, the Kiwis could have actually pulled-off an upset.
New Zealand's batting performance revolved around the efforts of Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite, who together added 93 runs for the second wicket. This partnership came in after the dismissal of Natalie Dodd, who also did pretty well, scoring 34 off 59 deliveries. While the Kiwis were in a decent position with the scoreboard reading 168 for 1 at one stage, they would be a tad disappointed for not finishing their innings with a flourish. They lost seven wickets in the last ten overs and their run-rate in that period remained largely subdued because of that. Overall, it was still a pretty good effort, considering they didn't have Suzie Bates available in the middle-order for them.
New Zealand's bowling, however, once again proved to be toothless as Australia cruised to overhaul the total with remarkable ease. Barring two wickets picked up by Amelia Kerr towards the end of the match, New Zealand's bowling looked rather flat throughout the match. Injury to Lea Tahuhu, who had to leave after bowling just 2.4 overs didn't help the visitors' cause either. Apart from Kerr, Devine, and Mair, all of their bowlers conceded runs at more than six runs an over and gave away too many loose deliveries to score-off. They were never able to build any pressure whatsoever as Australia eventually won the match with four wickets in hand and 29 balls to spare.
It's certainly heartening to see the magnitude by which the Black Caps have improved in the ODI series. However, there are still a lot of gaps that they'd like to plug going into the upcoming match. With Suzie Bates absent, their lower middle-order appears to be a little inexperienced and, therefore, the onus will be on their top-order to deliver with the bat. If their batsmen do well and get ample support from their bowlers, New Zealand are certainly capable of toppling even this in form Aussie unit.
Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Amy Satterthwaite, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Katie Perkins, Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair, Holly Huddleston.
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The two teams have had contrasting fortunes in the tournament so far, but an improved performance from the Kiwis in the second match certainly makes this match something to look forward to. Also, Australia have a huge incentive to complete 21 consecutive wins in the ODI matches, something that only Ricky Ponting's Australian side has done before. Just as they did in the T20I series, the Kiwis would want to end this series on a high and fly home on a happy note. They certainly have a capable team and are expected to come out hard in the upcoming match. Having said that, Australian Women are a better-balanced team between the two and have the momentum as well. With a record to look forward to, we expect Australians to play with the same intensity as they did in the opening match. Given that and the factors stated above, Australia Women are better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming encounter.
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