After winning the first T20I, England will be looking to wrap up the three-match T20I going into the second match which will be played on September 4 at the County Ground in Hove. Heather Knight and co. defeated New Zealand by 46 runs in the opening game of the series at Chelmsford. Tammy Beaumont was awarded the player of the match for her blistering knock of 97. In a must-win game for the White Ferns, Sophie Devine and co. will have to pull up their socks to stay alive in the series. Here’s the preview for the second T20I
England: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight(c), Amy Ellen Jones(w), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers, Freya Davies, Natasha Farrant, Emma Lamb, Charlotte Dean, Maia Bouchier
New Zealand: Sophie Devine(c), Hayley Jensen, Amy Satterthwaite, Lauren Down, Suzie Bates, Katey Martin(w), Brooke Halliday, Jessica McFadyen, Hannah Rowe, Jess Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek, Thamsyn Newton, Claudia Green, Molly Penfold
Players to watch out for
Tammy Beaumont (England): The swashbuckling English opener will be riding high on confidence after that master-class of an innings in the first T20I. The right-hand bat muscled 97 off just 65 balls, including 13 boundaries and a six. She played a pivotal part in helping her team put up 184 in 20 overs.
Katherine Brunt (England): The veteran right-arm seamer was the most effective bowler for England in the first T20I. Giving away just nine runs in three overs and picking up two key wickets of Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite, England will want their pace spearhead to fire for the rest of the series.
Amy Satterthwaite (New Zealand): After losing two quick wickets of Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates, this right hand bat steadied the New Zealand ship. She top-scored with 43 runs off 31 balls and her innings was embellished with eight boundaries. With the ball, the right arm speedster chipped in with a icket of Amy Jones.
Hayley Jensen (New Zealand): She was the most successful bowler for the White Ferns in the first T20I. The quickie scalped 2-26 in her four overs, which included the wickets of Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver. Going into the next game, she would look to shoulder the responsibility of keeping the England batters at bay.
It is a 7pm local start at Hove. The weather looks good throughout the course of the match as there is no chance of rain. The average temperature is around 18 degrees Celsius with a gentle breeze blowing from the north-east. Sunny intervals are expected.
The last time a women’s T20I was played at this venue was on July 11, 2021 between India and England. It was a nail-biting finish as the Women in Blue snatched a win from the jaws of defeat. Harmanpreet Kaur and co. defended 148 as they reduced England to 140-8 in 20 overs. It is a good cricketing venue as it offers a healthy contest between bat and ball.
Fantasy playing XI
Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Amy Satterthwaite, Sophia Dunkley, Hayley Jensen, Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, Sophie Devine, Sarah Glenn, Tash Farrant, Leigh Kasperek
Date: September 4, 2021
Time: 11.30pm IST
Venue: County Ground, Hove
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