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Australia women vs New Zealand women
2018 Women's World T20
|Providence Stadium, Guyana|
|Toss: Australia won the toss and elected to bat first|
|Australia women||New Zealand women|
Australia will look to continue their unbeaten run and recent dominance over New Zealand at the Women’s World T20. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of 11am (AEDT).
The Aussies are stamping their authority as the best team in the world at this tournament.
After dominating in series against New Zealand and Pakistan on the way in to the World Cup, they have been strong in their first two outings, crunching both Pakistan and Ireland.
Alyssa Healy has been in great form, with Australia racking up 165 runs against Pakistan, before cruising past Ireland’s modest total of 93 in under ten overs.
Healy hit the fastest women’s half-century in the last match, and with that sort of form alongside a dangerous Aussie batting order including Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning, there can be few questions about the Australian team and their favouritism for the World Cup.
They can book their spot in the knockout rounds here as well, and it was all Australia when these sides met in a three-match T20 series earlier this year, with the Aussies thumping New Zealand in Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra.
New Zealand will be under extreme pressure here. They lost their tournament opener to India, failing to chase down a monster score of 194.
In the women’s game, 194 is just about unheard of, and a score which raises eyebrows. While it showed the form of India, it’s also brought the New Zealand bowling issues – which troubled them in Australia – to a head.
Despite the efforts of Lea Tahuhu, who took 3 for 18 from three overs, the rest of their attack was poor and will need to step up against an in-form Aussie batting line-up.
The New Zealand batting is their strength if it gets going, and while they fell short against India, scoring 160 is nothing to be ashamed of. Suzie Bates is a powerhouse at the top of the order and has more runs than any women in the history of T20 cricket, while wicketkeeper Katie Martin and captain Amy Satterthwaite also bring plenty of talent to the middle order.
The Australians had the wood over New Zealand at home earlier this year and should do so again here. It’s hard to see the Kiwis fighting back, and they will slump to what is a dangerous second loss on the trot to open their tournament.
Australia pretty comfortably.
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First ball: 11am (AEDT)
Venue: Guyana National Stadium, Providence
TV: Live, Fox Cricket 501
Online: Live, Foxtel app, Foxtel now
Betting: Australia $1.26, New Zealand $3.75
Umpires: Shaun George (SA) and Langton Rusere (Zim)
Meg Lanning (c), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
New Zealand (squad)
Amy Satterthwaite (c), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin