The 3rd and last game of the 3-match ODI series between New Zealand Women and South Africa Women will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (1:00 AM GMT) (6:30 AM IST).
This game will be live on Sky Sport TV in New Zealand.
New Zealand Women lost yet another ODI series; this time the opponents are South Africa Women against whom they never lost a bilateral series in any format before. While the first ODI saw a devastating opening partnership while New Zealand were defending 260, the second game was all about Marizanne Kapp’s bowling spells. She picked a 4-wicket haul and helped the visitors to win the match by 8 wickets. The last game of this 3-match ODI series will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton before the T20I series starting on Sunday.
The NZ-IND T20I was played under overcast conditions but the Women’s ODI on Thursday could witness sun coming out.
Only one Women’s ODI has been hosted at this venue in the last 10 years – Between New Zealand and India last year. The match was played on a pitch used for Men’s ODI a day before on which the Indian team were bowled out for 92. The Indian Women made only 144 batting first in the following game. The match on Thursday is likely to be played on the surface used for the T20I. If then, we might see slow bowlers and spinners get assistance as the track looked bit slow with the softer ball.
Average 1st innings score: 149 (Women’s ODIs since 2015)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
New Zealand Women:
Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Lauren Down, Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (C), Katey Martin/Maddy Green/Rachel Priest (WK), Katie Perkins, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Anna Peterson/Leigh Kasperek, Holly Huddleston, Jess Kerr.
Bench – Katey Martin/Maddy Green/Rachel Priest, Rosemary Mair, Anna Peterson/Leigh Kasperek.
South Africa Women:
Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luss, Dane Van Niekerk (C), Mignon du Preez, Trisha Chetty, Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas.
Bench – Tumi Sekhukhune, Nadine De Klerk, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nondumiso Shangase.
The domination of the pacers and top-order didn’t let Dane Van Niekerk put an impactful performance with both bat and ball. However, when the team is in need, she could be the first one to rescue them with a special performance. Amelia Kerr too hasn’t had great performances in both ODIs but is likely to be key on Thursday where she could be bowling on a slower track. Her elder sister Jess Kerr made her ODI debut in the previous match and picked up a wicket. In current form, she could be picking up a couple of wickets if they bowl first. Marizanne Kapp could well run through the home team if the Seddon Park will be under overcast conditions. The 4-fer in the previous match was only her 4th in this format.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Sophie Devine, Dane Van Niekerk, Suzie Bates
Vice-captain options – Laura Wolvaardt, Amelia Kerr, Marizanne Kapp
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Trisha Chetty
Batters – Suzie Bates, Mignon du Preez, Lauren Down
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine (C), Marizanne Kapp (VC), Dane Van Niekerk, Amelia Kerr
Bowlers – Ayabonga Khaka, Jess Kerr, Hayley Jensen
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Trisha Chetty
Batters – Laura Wolvaardt, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Katie Perkins
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine, Dane Van Niekerk (C), Marizanne Kapp, Amelia Kerr (VC)
Bowlers – Shabnim Ismail, Jess Kerr, Holly Huddleston
Over the last two years, New Zealand Women won only two matches in the ODI championship; both after losing the respective series. In both those matches, the senior players Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine came to the part with the bat. Hence, we can expect a special all-round effort with from Devine who is looking for her maiden ODI win as captain.
New Zealand Women are expected to register a consolation win.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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