Batters have got value for their shots in all three games at Queenstown. However, with rain forecast for the game, the nature of the pitch could change.
Probable XI for New Zealand: Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (c), Lauren Down, Amy Satterthwaite, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Katey Martin (wk), Jess Kerr, Frances Mackay, Hannah Rowe, Fran Jonas
Probable XI for India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Varma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh/Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Not only is Amelia Kerr the favorite to walk away with the Player of the Series award but has also accumulated the maximum fantasy cricket points till now.
In playing the sheet anchor role at No.4, Mithali Raj has been India’s best batter. She has got a start in every game on this tour- 23, 66*, and 59.
Deepti Sharma is the leading wicket-taker (7) in this series. Interestingly, she was also India’s top-scorer (69) in the previous game. She has accumulated the second-most fantasy points in this series.
Jhulan Goswami was brilliant with the new ball in the last match, removing both New Zealand openers cheaply. She finished with figures of 3 for 47.
Sophie Devine has picked up a wicket in every game of this series. She is also expected to open the batting, where she can generate useful fantasy points with the willow.
With two fifties in three outings, Amy Satterthwaite is not the one to be ignored in fantasy cricket. Despite the low strike rate in the last match, she managed to hold the innings together.
Lauren Down’s 64 off 52 proved to be the difference between both sides in the last ODI. She is likely to get promoted up the order for her brisk batting.
Smriti Mandhana is expected to play her first game of the tour. When she last toured New Zealand in 2018, she had scores of 105, 90*, and 1.
India are yet to win a game on this tour. With a potential whitewash staring at the tourists, it will be interesting to see how they respond.
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