LATEST UPDATE: The toss has taken place, which New Zealand have received. The White Ferns have determined to bowl first, because the New Zealand bowlers look to exploit the moisture on the pitch early on. If India are ready to set an enormous complete although, the match will definitely go all the way in which down to the wire.
PREVIEW: The Indian ladies’s cricket workforce will look to all however cement their spot within the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 semi-finals once they tackle New Zealand in a Group A recreation at Melbourne on Thursday (February 26).
Both sides come into this recreation having not dropped any factors within the match to date. India beat Australia and Bangladesh of their first two group video games whereas New Zealand recorded a victory over Sri Lanka of their first group recreation.
A win for India would nearly safe their spot within the semis whereas a win for the White Ferns would see them go degree on factors with the Harmanpreet Kaur-led aspect, opening up a number of attention-grabbing prospects within the group since as of now, each Bangladesh (P1 L1) and Australia (P2 W1 L1) have an out of doors likelihood of qualifying for the semis.
A youthful-looking India aspect have achieved higher than anticipated to date however may have a number of points to kind out forward of what’s positive to be a stern check towards the Sophie Devine-led unit.
The middle-order stays a supply of fear as even within the final recreation towards Bangladesh, the batsmen failed to rating at an honest fee towards Bangladesh and had to depend on a late surge from Veda Krishnamurthy to set a complete of 142-6.
Shafali Verma has given India strong begins atop the order however workforce administration will hope the 16-year previous will convert her begins into larger scores sooner reasonably than later.
On the opposite hand, whereas New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets the win was not as complete because the scoreline suggests. Chasing a below-par complete of 128, they misplaced opener Rachel Priest early and scoring grew to become tougher within the center overs.
Devine ultimately guided them residence with a well-made 75* however the truth she batted by means of the innings was down to the Lankans’ generosity within the discipline as she was dropped when on 18.
History is on New Zealand’s aspect on this fixture as they’ve crushed India eight instances in 11 T20Is. However, India will likely be hoping to proceed their current wealthy vein of type and put one foot into the knockout stage of the match.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Richa Ghosh.
New Zealand: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (c), Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin (wk), Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest (wk), Lea Tahuhu.