The 9th match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 will take place between India and New Zealand. While India have won both their games so far, England too started the campaign with a win. Here is the India vs New Zealand Dream 11 Prediction.
The ninth match between India and New Zealand will take place at the Junction Oval, Melbourne. It will start at 03:00 PM local time (04:00 AM GMT) (9:30 AM IST). Anyone can watch it LIVE on Star Sports and Hotstar.
Both today’s teams and Australia are all strong contenders for the World Cup title from Group A but only two out of these three will be able to qualify for the semis. India are already at the top of the group with two wins while Australia have lost one and won one. New Zealand won their only match of the tournament they have played so far.
If they manage to win this game, they will nearly ensure their qualification for the semi-finals. On the other hand, if India lose, it will be interesting to see which two teams will qualify. India started with a 17-run victory against the hosts Australia and then registered another 18-run win against Bangladesh.
Shafali Verma is the key in both games alongside the bowlers. She has scored 68 runs from two matches with an impressive strike rate of 212.50 which has given India a flying start in both the games. Mandhana, who missed the last game due to viral, is expected to be back. Poonam Yadav and Shikha Pandey have picked up 7 and 5 wickets respectively so far.
Probable Playing XI
Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Arundhati Reddy, Shafali Verma
New Zealand faced Sri Lanka in their first game and defeated them convincingly by 7 wickets. Amelia Kerr and Hayley Jensen shared 5 wickets between them while Sophie Devine played an unbeaten knock of 75 from only 55 balls.
Sophie Devine’s form will be crucial for New Zealand as she can turn the table anytime and that too single-handedly. If she started attacking, it will be tough to get rid of her big hits.
Probable Playing XI
Sophie Devine (C), Rachel Priest (WK), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Katie Perkins, Katey Martin, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr
Pitch Report and Weather Condition
The pitch maintains a fair balance between the bat and the ball. Recently-concluded tri-series between India, Australia, and England witnessed that already. While India chased down 173 against Australia with ease, the targets like 132 and 155 were successfully defended by both fast bowlers and spinners. It will be interesting to see what will happen in today’s game.
It is likely to be a bright and sunny day in Melbourne on Thursday. While the temperature is set to be between 18-20 degrees Celsius, the humidity is set to be around 61% with the chances of rain is 10℅