Star Sports Live Cricket, IND Women vs NZ Women, 9th Match 2/27/2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
India Women Squad: Taniya Bhatia(w), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Smriti Mandhana, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol
New Zealand Women Squad: Sophie Devine(c), Rachel Priest(w), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr, Holly Huddleston, Anna Peterson, Lauren Down, Rosemary Mair
Two games played. Both matches won. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian side has been on a roll in the ongoing T20 World Cup. After overcoming the defending champions and tournament favourites, Australia, India sealed an 18-run victory versus Bangladesh to continue their winning run.
Shafali Verma, the teenage sensation, has provided quickfire starts at the top of the order. Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma have also been among the runs. Going into their crucial game versus New Zealand in Melbourne, the India camp would be delighted with the fact that they are winning without substantial contributions from the experienced duo of Kaur and Smriti Mandhana.
However, India also would be a tad concerned with the poor form of Kaur. The India captain hasn’t compiled a fifty-plus score in T20Is since the impressive century that she cracked against New Zealand in the World T20 in 2018. Maybe New Zealand would again inspire Kaur to lift her game. Meanwhile, India’s bowling has again been spearheaded by the spinners. Poonam Yadav, the legspinner, who is also known for possessing a lethal googly, has seven wickets to her name. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, the left-arm spinner, has also done well.
Shikha Pandey, the veteran medium pacer, has also played her part with incisive bowling in the slog overs. The way she cleaned up Bangladesh’s Rumana Ahmed with the toe-crusher capsulises her present form. On the other hand, in their only game in the tournament so far versus Sri Lanka, Sophie Devine continued her great run with a stroke-filled 55-ball unbeaten 75. The New Zealand all-rounder has passed the 50-run mark in all her last six T20I innings. Devine and Suzie Bates have to shore up the batting. The experienced Katey Martin Rachel Priest are the other key members of the batting order.