Preview: 18th Match: Australia vs New Zealand: Head to Head, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update, MyTeam11 Fantasy Tips

The Trans-Tasmanian rivals Australia and New Zealand will lock horns against each other in a do or die game on Monday at the Junction Oval, Melbourne.

 

Australia vs New Zealand in Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Australia vs New Zealand in Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

 

With a semi-final spot at stake, both the teams will strive to give their opposition a run for their money. It will be a real test of character for these two quality teams and the one who is able to hold on to its nerves will make it through. Australia will want its swashbuckling opener Alyssa Healy, who already has two half-centuries in three games, to provide them with a solid start.

On the other hand, White Ferns will want their skipper Sophie Devine to set the stage on fire with her all-round performance. While the Aussies have Jess Jonassen, the New Zealanders have Amelia Kerr, and it is going to be a spin battle at Melbourne. India which has already qualified for the semi-final is the only team to beat Australia and New Zealand in the group stage. So, who will join the Women in Blue from Group A to the semis? Let’s find out.

Head to Head

It is even-steven as far as the head to head statistics of Australia and New Zealand are concerned. They have played as many as 39 games against each other, with each team winning 19 of the games and one match having no result. The match on Monday will be the 40th encounter of the Trans-Tasmanian rivals and let’s see who inches ahead to make it to the semi-finals this World T20.

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Full squad

Australia Women Squad: Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning(c), Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Erin Burns, Molly Strano

New Zealand Women Squad: Sophie Devine(c), Rachel Priest(w), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Katey Martin, Amelia Kerr, Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair, Katie Perkins, Holly Huddleston, Lauren Down, Jess Kerr

Top fantasy picks (based on past performance)

Australia: Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Nicola Carey
New Zealand: Maddy Green, Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Lea Kasperek

Players to watch out for

Alyssa Healy: Australia’s Alyssa Healy is definitely a player to watch out for. Be it behind the stumps or ahead of it, Healy is a sheer match winner and is unstoppable when she is on song. Alyssa has the ability to use the long handle and can keep the opposition bowlers at bay. Australia will bank on the stumper to set the ball rolling against the White Ferns on Monday.

 

Alyssa Healy. Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Alyssa Healy. Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

 

Amelia Kerr: As far as the White Ferns are concerned, Amelia Kerr is a player with x-factor. Kerr is a quality leg spinner and more than handy with the bat, the glimpses of which she has shown against India last week. The 19-year old from Wellington has had an amazing World Cup so far and will leave no stone turned to take her side to the semi-finals. The pitch will offer assistance to the spinners and Kerr will be rearing to give her best shot.

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Amelia Kerr. Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Amelia Kerr. Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

Pitch conditions

The clash between Australia and New Zealand is the second match of the double-header and there is the slightest of the possibility of rain in the lead-up to the double-header. Though it is expected that the Rain God will allow the game to happen, there could be a thin cloud cover. A maximum temperature of 18 degrees is forecasted. The wicket will be slow and will aid the spinners.

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