New Zealand lead the five match ODI series 2-0 after beating India in the second ODI on February 15 by three wickets. The two teams will lock horns against each other in the third ODI at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown on February 18.
India: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh Thakur, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Jhulan Goswami
New Zealand: Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite(vc), Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Melie Kerr, Frankie Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Players to watch out for
The captain of the Indian team has looked in great touch, registering two consecutive half-centuries in the series so far. In the second ODI, she picked up from where she had left in the first ODI and crafted an elegant 66 not out off 81 balls, including three boundaries. She guided India to 270-6 in 50 overs, which was India’s highest total against New Zealand in women’s ODIs.
All eyes will be on this ICC Cricketer of the Year 2021 award winner. She missed the one-off T20I and two ODIs of the five match ODI series as she was in New Zealand government’s MIQ (Managed Isolation and/or Quarantine). She will be available for the remainder of the ODI series.
The captain of New Zealand looked good with both bat and ball in the last match against India. The right arm speedster was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped 2-42 in her eight overs. Later, chasing a daunting score of 271, she opened the batting and muscled a quickfire 33 off 30 balls, smashing five boundaries.
This right-handed top-order batter of New Zealand scored a scintillating unbeaten century in the last match to guide her team to a three-wicket win against India. Her innings of 119 not out off 135 balls was embellished with seven boundaries. She ran well between the wickets pushing the Indian fielders as she churned many twos in her knock.
Prior to this match, two ODIs of the series have been played at the same venue. It is a good batting wicket as the ball comes nicely on to the bat. There is something in the wicket for the bowlers as well, provided them pitch the ball in the right areas. The average first innings score in the series so far has been 273 and average second innings score has been 243.
The weather is expected to be mostly cloudy in the morning (local) and then a bit of sunny and cloudy in the afternoon (local). The average temperature through the course of the match will be 23 degrees Celsius. A thick cloud cover of around 80 percent is on the cards. Despite this, there is just 1 percent chance of rain and 0 percent chance of thunderstorms.
Fantasy playing XI
Richa Ghosh, Mithali Raj, Yastika Bhatia, Suzie Bates, Smriti Mandhana, Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine, Jess Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Fran Jonas
Date: February 18, 2022
Time: 3.30am IST
Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown
Live streaming: Amazon Prime
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