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New Zealand Women vs India Women 2019, 2nd T20I - Preview & Prediction

  • The White Ferns would be aiming to seal the series in the upcoming match.
Modified 07 Feb 2019, 14:04 IST
Team India needs to bounce back in this must-win match
Team India needs to bounce back in this must-win match


The New Zealand Women are set to host the Indian Women for the second T20I at Eden Park, Auckland. Indian Women would be aiming to bounce back in this crucial contest. For the visitors, it’s a must-win match as they look to tie the three-match series. After the ODI series triumph by 4-1, this was a reality check for the Blue Brigade.

The White Ferns emerged victorious in the first encounter by 23 runs to take a lead of 1-0 in the series. Having won the toss, Team India decided to ball first which backfired as they ended up losing the opening match in Wellington.

The home side posted a par score of 159 runs on the board, courtesy Sophie Devine’s fireworks top of the order. She scored 62 (48) while building a crucial partnership with the skipper Amy Satterthwaite 33 (27) to take her side to a decent total.

India started the chase brilliantly and they looked in total command till the halfway line. In the process, Smriti Mandhana scored the fastest T20I fifty in Women’s cricket in just 24 balls. Her heroics went in vain as India failed to capitalize on the perfect start.

At one stage India were cruising at 102-1 on the board in just 14 overs. The visitors required 49 runs in 36 balls and the Indian batswomen looked well in control to take their side over the line but the inexperienced middle-order collapsed once again. India lost 9 wickets for 34 runs and were bundled out for 136 runs in 19.1 overs.

Team India needs to address their weaknesses heading into this must-win match. Mithali Raj might be brought back into the side to strengthen their middle-order. The hosts, meanwhile, would be hoping for the same kind of clinical performance to seal the series in the second match itself.


Date: Friday, February 8, 2019.


Time: 07:30 AM IST

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

League: India tour of New Zealand

Live Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

Ground Stats T20

Total Matches- 17

Matches won batting first- 9

Matches won bowling first- 6

Average 1st Inns scores- 172

Average 2nd Inns scores- 149

Highest total recorded- 245/5 (18.5 Ov) by AUS vs NZ

Lowest total recorded- 107/10 (14.5 Ov) by NZ vs RSA

Highest score chased- 245/5 (18.5 Ov) by AUS vs NZ

Lowest score defended- 165/7 (20 Ov) by RSA vs NZ

Head-to-Head (in T20Is)

Total – 09

India – 03

New Zealand – 06

Team News

India Women

  • Mithali Raj can feature in this match to strengthen the middle order

New Zealand Women

  • Bernadine Bezuidenhout is out of the series due to her finger injury


New Zealand Women – Amy Satterthwaite(c), Rosemary Mair, Amelia Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Suzie Bates, Leigh Kasperek, Hayley Jensen, Caitlin Gurrey, Frances Mackay, Katey Martin, Sophie Devine, Lea Tahuhu

India Women – Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Smriti Mandhana, Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia

Probable Playing XI

New Zealand

  1. Katey Martin
  2. Suzie Bates
  3. Amy Satterthwaite (c)
  4. Caitlin Gurrey
  5. Frances Mackay
  6. Amelia Kerr
  7. Sophie Devine
  8. Leigh Kasperek
  9. Hannah Rowe
  10. Lea Tahuhu
  11. Rosemary Mair


  1. Taniya Bhatia
  2. Smriti Mandhana
  3. Priya Punia/Mithali Raj
  4. Jemimah Rodrigues
  5. Harmanpreet Kaur (c)
  6. Dayalan Hemalatha
  7. Deepti Sharma
  8. Anuja Patil
  9. Arundhati Reddy
  10. Radha Yadav
  11. Poonam Yadav
Published 07 Feb 2019, 14:04 IST
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