Time: 24 Feb, 3.30 AM IST
Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown
Despite a true surface, India have played poor cricket. Therefore, the toss is not going to be much of a concern. Unlike the last match, where rain interrupted play, clear weather is forecast for the final ODI.
Probable XI for New Zealand: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Amy Satterthwaite, Frances Mackay, Lauren Down, Katey Martin (wk), Hayley Jensen, Hannah Rowe, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair
Probable XI for India: Smriti Mandhana, Shefali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj (c), Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
287 runs. 6 wickets. 9 catches. It has been a dream series for Amelia Kerr. Understandably, she has topped the My11Circle fantasy points (291) as well.
Despite being India’s highest run-scorer (178), Mithali Raj has failed to provide any impetus to the innings. That said, fantasy players may not be bothered with her inability to accelerate.
More than Jess Kerr’s two-wicket haul in the rain-curtailed game, it was her frugal economy of 3.70 that created pressure on the Indians. She is also the leading wicket-taker for the White Ferns.
For her all-round effort, Deepti Sharma has generated maximum fantasy cricket points (196) for an Indian player.
Amidst the disappointing performance by India, Richa Ghosh’s aggressive batting has been refreshing to watch. Not only has she scored 139 runs in three innings but also has been impressive at scaling up the run-rate.
As the Indian bowlers got belted across the park in the last game, Rajeshwari Gayakwad conceded only 6.50 runs per over. She has taken four wickets in this series.
After scoring a century in the opening game, Sophie Devine’s recent scores read 41, 5, and 16. However, expect her to open the batting and that is where she can exploit the powerplay overs.
Amy Satterthwaite has found a liking to the Indian attack, especially in the 50-over format. Since 2019, she averages 53.
New Zealand have been clinical, owing to which they are only a game away from a achieving a clean sweep over India. Meanwhile, the challenge for the tourists will be to restore some pride and confidence ahead of the World Cup.
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