Australia Women vs New Zealand Women, 18th T20 Match Prediction2020-03-03
Junction Oval, Melbourne, Australia
New Zealand Women
New Zealand Women
Virtual quarterfinal between Australia Women and New Zealand Women!
Australia Women to win this game
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It is a virtual quarter-final in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 where hosts Australia Women would take on New Zealand Women in the Group-A clash at Junction Oval, Melbourne. Both sides have won two games each and the winner of this game would progress into the semifinals along with Indian Women from this group. The form of the two sides has been similar in the tournament so far and this would make this game interesting.
New Zealand Women haven’t had the best of records against Australia Women and have lost the last four out five games played between the two sides. They have a poor record against the hosts in Australia. They were bowled out cheaply in their last game which is a concern.
Australia Women have played well in winning back to back games after their loss in the first game. This would make the camp confident going into this one.
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Meg Lanning’s side has looked in good form since their shocking loss to India Women in the first game. They defeated Sri Lanka Women in the second game and registered an 86 run win again Bangladesh Women in the last game. Their batters and bowlers are in good form and the side would look to carry this momentum into the do-or-die clash against the Kiwi girls. Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney stitched a 151 run opening wicket stand in the last game and would be aiming for another good start in the next one.
Ashleigh Gardener, Lanning and Rachael Haynes have all scored runs in the last two games which makes their batting line-up look very strong. With Ellyse Perry and Nicola Carey having good hitting abilities down the order batting looks very strong for the team. Their bowlers have also impressed in all the three games so far where Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry have troubled batters with their good line and length. Jess Jonassen has also bowled tight lines and given nothing away. Annabel Sutherland, Carey and Georgia Wareham add variety to the bowling attack and they will look to exploit the weaknesses that New Zealand Women have.
Meg Lanning, Georgia Wareham, Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Ellyse Perry, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes
It was a good fight back from Sophie Devine’s bowlers in the last game against Bangladesh Women. They managed to win by 17 runs after putting mere 91 runs on the board. While the skipper would be happy with the performance of her bowlers the form of their batters would be worrying. They are up against one of the strongest bowling attacks and shall have to put a price on their wicket. Openers Rachel Priest and Devine are getting starts but failing to convert them and this is the area where they will need to improve.
The middle-order had a bad day in the last game but Suzie Bates, Maddy Green and Hayley Jensen have done well in previous games. Katey Martin and Amelia Kerr have good abilities with the bat and need to make contributions with the bat in the next game. It was a memorable show with the ball from Kiwi girls in the last game where they snatched a win from the jaws of defeat.
Leigh Kasperek and Lea Tahuhu were excellent with the ball at the start. Jensen bowled an impressive spell in the middle and shall want to carry her form. Kerr and Devine have also impressed with the ball and they would look to trouble the Aussies in the next game.
Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Rachel Priest, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0 mm.||2.01 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||2.4 k/h||From: E||89%|
|06h||18||0 mm.||6.47 k/h||From: SE||80%|
|09h||18||0 mm.||4.89 k/h||From: SE||20%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||6.01 k/h||From: SSE||15%|
|15h||20||0 mm.||6.98 k/h||From: SE||90%|
|18h||21||0.25 mm.||8.87 k/h||From: SSE||73%|
|21h||21||0.38 mm.||7 k/h||From: SSE||37%|
There would be odd clouds over Melbourne on March 02 but that isn’t likely to make much of difference in the game. The pitch has been on the slower side and forced errors from the batters. It is a wicket where batters will need to focus on building partnerships rather than trying to hit out of the park. Any score in the range of 150 runs would be a good total on this surface.
The pitch at Junction Oval, Melbourne has historically been a good one for the batters and boasts of a good average first innings score of 143 runs. But fast bowlers have also done well here in the past given the bounce and pace they extract from the surface. There isn’t must for the spinners at this venue.
The pitch at this venue has been a tricky one to bat on and we have seen mostly low scoring games here. There is good assistance for fast bowlers on the surface and we expect the side winning the toss to invite the opposition to bat here first and try to restrict the opponents to a low total.
It’s a virtual quarterfinal and hence there would be pressure on both the sides to perform. Australia Women have looked in good form after their loss in the first game and their batters and bowlers have done well in both the game since then.
New Zealand Women, on the other hand, have some concerns with their batting and they would be up against a good bowling unit. It is expected to be a close contest but Australia Women with their overall impressive record against the Kiwis would start favorites in the next game.
Australia Women to win this game
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