ICC Women's T20 World Cup: India take on New Zealand
The Indian women's cricket team is set to face New Zealand in a crucial Group A encounter of the ICC World T20 on Thursday. India won both their games earlier and will be hoping to script a third win on the trot in the ongoing ICC Women's T20 World Cup. Here is the complete match preview.
Timing, TV listing and pitch report
The match between India Women and New Zealand Women is set to be held on Thursday at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and will start at 9:30 AM IST. 150-160 is a par total at this venue while batting first. Teams could be looking to chase here.
India will hope to continue being solid in their approach
India have done well so far and pocketed both the matches against Australia and Bangladesh respectively. The focus will be on Smriti Mandhana's fitness. Her presence will lift the side. Meanwhile, Veda Krishnamurthy and Deepti Sharma will hope to make their presence felt in the middle order. Bowling wise, India look sorted and that will be the biggest strength.
New Zealand Women have a settled side on offer
New Zealand Women were excellent against Sri Lanka. The White Ferns have a settled batting unit with Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine being critical to their fortunes. They bat deep and the bowling too looks solid. Lea Tahuhu and Leigh Kasperek will aim to be influential with the ball alongside Jess Kerr, who can cause issues upfront.
Dream11: Poonam, Devine get the leadership nods
Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues get the nod as openers of this Dream11 side. Suzie Bates, Jemimah Rodrigues and Veda Krishnamurthy add solidity in the batting. All-rounders Sophie Devine is the vice-captain of this side. Hayley Jensen and India's Deepti Sharma join her. Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu and Poonam Yadav are the bowlers. Poonam, who is in fine form, gets the captaincy nod.