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Match Preview: 2nd ODI – New Zealand vs India

Date: 29 January 2019

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

New Zealand take on India on their home turf on Bay Oval to avoid a series loss. India also would be in a good space considering their start to the series. New Zealand needs to back themselves after the staggering 9 wicket win by India. India have a chance to seal the ODI series.

Indian openers look in a commendable form, having a mammoth partnership of 190 runs with Smriti Mandhana making 104 and Jemimah Rodrigues adding 81.  It will be crucial to see how New Zealand players play the spinners. It was only during the Devine and Bates partnership that New Zealand had the game under control.

As New Zealand play to level the series and India to win, it’s going to be a battle cricket lover’s cannot miss.

 

Players to watch out for:

Smriti Mandhana: After a century in the first ODI, she is a player you must watch out for. This left handed opener has 13 half centuries and 4 centuries to her name. As the Bay Oval is said to be a high-scoring pitch, the team hopes their opener to give them a blazing start.

Suzie Bates: The experienced opener has been a pillar to her team. She holds the no. 7 spot on ICC ranking for batting in ODI. She has scored 10 centuries and 24 half centuries. New Zealand will need Bates to bat well to be able to dominate India in this match.

 

Conditions:

Bay Oval is generally high-scoring pitch and considered good to bat on. It may be slower than usual.

“This pitch will also help the spinners I guess.” said Virat Kohli during the 3rd ODI held at Bay Oval earlier today.

 

Who said what:

“Our campaigns, be it at the World Cup or T20 World Cup, it has been an away tour. We have played in England conditions, in the West Indies, now touring New Zealand. Girls have come prepared; most of them though for New Zealand conditions they might be inexperienced, otherwise the team is an experienced lot who has been together for 4-5 years. I do not think we are ‘troubled tourists’.”- Mithali Raj

“The series is really significant, not only in terms of having the men around as well but also in terms of showcasing where we are as a team in being able to show the whole country and the world the cricket we are playing and also getting women’s cricket out there more and more.” –Amy Satterthwaite

 

Teams:

India: Mithali Raj(c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Taniya Bhatia(w), Dayalan Hemalatha, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Punam Raut, Mansi Joshi, Mona Meshram

New Zealand: Amy Satterthwaite(c), Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Bernadine Bezuidenhout(w), Leigh Kasperek, Hannah Rowe, Holly Huddleston, Lea Tahuhu, Anna Peterson, Katie Perkins

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