The third and final match of the three-match T20I series between Bangladesh and New Zealand will be played on December 7 at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown. The game will begin at 6.30 AM IST (2 PM LOCAL). New Zealand have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series.
In the second T20I, batting first, New Zealand piled up 148/4 in 20 overs, thanks to Amelia Kerr’s unbeaten 46. For Bangladesh, Marufa Akter was the pick of the bowlers with two scalps. In reply, the visitors were reduced to 111/8 in 20 overs, falling short of 37 runs. Captain Nigar Sultana top-scored with 31, while for the hosts, Hayley Jensen scalped two wickets.
Bangladesh: Nigar Sultana (C, WK), Sharmin Akter, Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Lata Mondol, Salma Khatun, Nahida Akter, Murshida Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Fahima Khatun, Sanjida Akther, Fariha Islam, Marufa Akter, Rabeya Khatun, Dilara Akter, Disha Biswas
New Zealand: Sophie Devine (C), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Jess McFadyen, Georgia Plimmer, Lea Tahuhu
Players to watch
The captain of Bangladesh led the run chase from the front with a fighting 31 off 33 in the second T20I against New Zealand. The right-handed middle-order batter peppered the boundary rope four times in her knock. She held the innings together from the fifth to the 16th over of the match.
The right-arm pace sensation of Bangladesh made a good start to her international career as she bagged 22/2 in four overs playing her first-ever T20I. In the second T20I of the series against New Zealand, Akter opened the bowling with Jahanara Alam and bowled well with the new ball.
The star all-rounder of New Zealand top-scored with an undefeated 46 off 30 in the second T20I against Bangladesh. Batting at number five, the right-hander muscled five boundaries. With the ball, the right-arm leg-spinner bowled her full quota of four overs and conceded 20 runs.
The right-arm speedster of New Zealand was the pick of the bowlers in the second T20I against Bangladesh. She claimed 12/2 in three overs and was the most economical bowler for her side. She came into bowl as the first change and was effective in the middle and death overs.
The venue has hosted just one women’s T20I so far. It was played in February this year between India and New Zealand. After putting up 155 on board in 20 overs, the hosts had won the game. The wicket is expected to be good for batting. A high-scoring contest could be on the cards as the surface used will be a hard and fresh one. However, the cloudy conditions could assist the fast bowlers.
The weather is expected to be mild and see low clouds. The highest temperature attained during the day will be 18 degrees Celsius. There will be a 100 percent cloud cover and a nine percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the northeast.
Fantasy Playing XI
Maddy Green, Nigar Sultana, Suzie Bates, Fargana Hoque, Murshida Khatun, Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine, Ritu Moni, Lea Tahuhu, Hayley Jensen, Marufa Akter
Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 6.30 AM IST
Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network
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