Time: 4 March, 6.30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Going by the last two international games at this venue, one can expect a decent batting wicket. Clear weather is forecast for the entire game.
Probable XI for New Zealand: Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite, Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Katey Martin (wk), Lea Tahuhu
Probable XI for West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (c), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight (wk), Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Amelia Kerr is in great form. Only recently she tormented India by scoring 353 runs and taking 7 wickets in five games. She also remained unbeaten on 92 in the warm-up match against Australia.
West Indies will know the importance of dismissing Suzie Bates early. She has amassed 664 runs in 16 games at 51.07. Interestingly, the veteran cricketer has also held onto 9 catches against the same opposition.
Not only is Sophie Devine the second-highest run-scorer (532 at 40) for New Zealand against West Indies but she also hit 161 off only 117 in the warm-up match against Australia.
West Indies will rely on the experience of Stafanie Taylor. With 728 runs at 52, she has been the best batter against New Zealand. Additionally, on her previous tour in 2018, Taylor had scores of 90, 86, and 26.
Although Deandra Dottin didn’t impress in the practice games, she finished the recently concluded South Africa tour as the highest run-scorer (235). Her attacking stroke play during the powerplay can make a difference in fantasy leagues.
Hannah Rowe dented Australia’s hopes in the warm-up game by running through their middle-order. She finished with figures of 4 for 49.
Kycia Knight is likely to bat up the order and can also add useful fantasy points with her glovework. She has scored 143 runs in her last five outings, including the highest score of 69.
Hayley Mathews has been a regular contributor in fantasy leagues with both bat and ball. She scored 68 runs and picked 4 wickets in the two warm-up games.
Amy Satterthwaite recently played the role of a sheet anchor against India (12, 32, 59, 0, 63). She can also be called upon to break crucial partnerships with the ball.
The hosts will bank on Hayley Jensen for regular breakthroughs. She is also a decent batter, lower down the order.
Shamilia Connell went wicketless in the warm-up games but ended up as the highest wicket-taker (7) in South Africa recently. She is expected to operate with the new ball.
West Indies have lost both their warm-up games. On the other hand, New Zealand won convincingly over Australia. Moreover, playing at home is likely to tilt the advantage in favour of the hosts.
Get ready for a feisty match and make your team on the My11Circle fantasy cricket app today!