EN-W VS NZ-W MATCH DETAILS:
Match: England Women vs New Zealand Women, Match 12, Women’s T20, Commonwealth Games 2022.
Date and Time: Thursday, August 4, 2022, 10:30 pm IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham.
England Women (EN-W) and New Zealand Women (NZ-W) will square off in the 12th match of the Women’s T20 competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Thursday (August 4) at Edgbaston in Birmingham in a Group B fixture.
England Women have won both their games so far and are placed second in the table. They beat South Africa Women by 26 runs in their last match and are only behind New Zealand on net run rate.
New Zealand Women, on the other hand, are on top of Group B given their superior net run rate. They have also won both of their games thus far. The White Ferns registered a comfortable 45-run win against Sri Lanka Women last time out.
Hence, this is also a top-of-the-table contest in Group B, making it a highly anticipated clash.
England Women started as one of the title favorites and are doing extremely well in a bid to announce their candidature for the gold medal. They have been unbeaten up until now and would want to keep it that way. A win here in this match will ensure their meeting with India Women in the semis and that is exactly what they will be aiming for.
On the points table at the moment, they are placed at the second spot with four points to their name. They are right behind the Kiwi Women, who are ahead just based on the net run rate. They have scored two back-to-back wins, against South Africa Women and Sri Lanka Women respectively, and will be looking to carry on with the momentum
On paper, England Women have one of the better-balanced sides and will want to get the best out of it on the field. All they’ll need to do is to play to their potential and if they can do so, getting past them could prove to be incredibly difficult.
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN
This was a competitive group and New Zealand Women have just done an excellent job to stay at the top of the group, at least up until now. This upcoming match will be of massive importance for that too as a win over England Women will not only send a message to the other opponents but will also brim their side with confidence.
On the points table at the moment, they are placed at the top position with four points and a net run-rate of 1.450. They started their campaign with a win against South Africa Women and topped that off with another remarkable win over Sri Lanka Women. Coming into the match against England Women, they will be brimming with confidence owing to the momentum they have garnered.
On paper, New Zealand Women have an excellent side and despite missing some of their key players, they have done an excellent job. This assignment against England Women will be a difficult test for them but if they can play as they have so far, getting past them could prove to be incredibly difficult.
EN-W VS NZ-W PITCH REPORT
The pitch at this venue will have enough for both the batters and the bowlers. Batters will need to spend time in the middle. The surface is expected to assist pacers with the average first-innings total being 129.
EN-W VS NZ-W WEATHER REPORT
The weather is clear for a full game of cricket without interruptions. Temperatures will hover around 13 to 20 degrees Celsius.
Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver (c), Amy Jones (wk), Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Issy Wong, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Freya Kemp.
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN
Sophie Devine (C), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Izzy Gaze (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair, Eden Carson.
PROBABLE BEST BATTER
Natalie Sciver was dismissed for just 12 off 14 balls against South Africa, however, she would be looking to make up for it. She has got the big shots and is quite tough to bowl against once she gets her eyes in. With the experience she has got in T20Is for England, Sciver will be looking to lead the way in the absence of Heather Knight.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER
Katherine Brunt bowled an economic spell against South Africa and her all-around effort played a big role in the victory for the England side. The right-hander started with an unbeaten 23-ball 38, which included four fours and one six, and stepped up with the ball giving away just 16 runs and picking up a wicket in her three overs.
England Women have played very well as a unit with all of their players stepping up. They are well balanced and will look to carry momentum into this contest.
New Zealand Women are also unbeaten and have done well to win both their games so far. Fans can expect an even and tight contest between the two sides. The team that handles the pressure well is expected to come out on top in this match.
As the host team, England Women will start with an advantage and are likely to finish the group stage with three consecutive wins.
Prediction: England Women to win this encounter.