The performance of New Zealand Women had been average in this big event of cricket. They had played two matches till now with one win to their name. They have lost one match and are holding the 4th position on the table. On the other side, India had a superb start to this tournament and had won their opening match against their rivals, Pakistan by a margin of 107 runs.
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN PREVIEWS
The most recent match of New Zealand Women against Bangladesh Women was rain-affected which was reduced to 27 overs per side. The performance of their bowling unit was average. They leaked 140 runs in their inning of 27 overs. Satterthwaite was the most successful and highest wicket-taker from their side who picked three wickets in her five overs bowled out against 25 runs. F Mackay and Jensen picked one wicket each.
The batting order of New Zealand was also good. They chased the target of 141 runs in just 20 overs. Almost all batters from their side put some runs on the board. Suzie Bates was the most successful and highest run-scorer from their side who remained not out after scoring 79 runs. She faced 68 deliveries and smashed eight boundaries during her inning. Amelia Kerr also remained not out after scoring 47 runs on 37 balls with the help of five boundaries.
INDIA WOMEN PREVIEWS
The way the batting order of India Women performed in their opening match was just outstanding. They scored 244 runs in their inning of 50 overs. Pooja Vastrakar was the most successful batter from their side who scored 67 runs. She faced 59 deliveries and smashed eight boundaries during her inning. Sneh Rana scored 53 runs while Smriti Mandhana had 52 runs to her name.
The performance of the bowling unit of India was just superb. They defended the target of 245 runs and sent the full team of Pakistan back to the pavilion on a total of 137 runs in 37 overs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the most successful and highest wicket-taker from their side who picked four wickets in her 10 overs bowled out against 31 runs. Jhulan Goswami and Sneh Rana picked two wickets each while Meghna Singh and Deepti Sharma had one wicket each to their names.
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN VS INDIA WOMEN MATCH DETAILS:
Match: New Zealand vs India, Match 8, ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.
Date and Time: March 10, 2022, Thursday, 06:30 AM IST.
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton.
The weather conditions would be slightly overcast at Hamilton on March 10. The wicket is expected to play well as it did in the last game and batters are likely to find it easy on this surface. Bowlers would have to come up with good spells to do well at this venue. A score of 250 odd runs batting first should have the team’s confidence to defend it.
Seddon Park, Hamilton is a typical New Zealand wicket where there is assistance for the fast bowlers. However, the ball comes onto the bat nicely and this allows batters to play their strokes and score runs. Spinners must rely on their variations as there isn’t much assistance for them from the surface.
TOSS: TO BAT
More than 600 runs were scored in the last game that was played here. Batting conditions were excellent, and we expect to see a similar kind of surface in this game. The side winning the toss here wouldn’t have hesitation to bat first.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER: SUZIE BATES
New Zealand opener Suzie Bates had a fantastic outing in the previous game against Bangladesh and ripped apart the bowling attack with some strong displays of batting. The right-hander scored an unbeaten 79 in just 68 deliveries to take her side home in a rain-affected game and her match-winning knock included eight fours as well. The 34-year-old recently scored a century against India in the five-match ODI series before the World Cup and will be looking to exhibit the same form in this game.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER: LEA TAHUHU
Lea Tahuhu can run through sides when she gets into her groove and has been playing an important role for the White Ferns. The right-arm seamer could bowl just two overs in the previous game against Bangladesh and be taken out of the attack after conceding 19 runs. However, she was the pick of the bowlers against West Indies in the tournament opener with three wickets to her name and will fancy her chances against India as well.
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN VS INDIA WOMEN MATCH PREDICTION
New Zealand has turned the tables around after getting off to a losing start to the competition. India, meanwhile, defeated Pakistan Women in their last encounter and will be eager to carry forward the winning momentum. Both sides are well-balanced and we expect a cracking contest.
The home conditions will prove to be an advantage for New Zealand and they will be favorites to come out on top on Thursday.
Prediction: New Zealand to win this encounter.