New Zealand Development Women vs Australia U19 Women, 3rd match
16th March 2019, 03:00 AM IST
Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, New Zealand
The Bert Sutcliffe Oval is a good track to bat on. 4 ODIs have been played at this venue, with the team batting first having won 2 matches and the team chasing also winning 2.
The average first innings score seen at the Sutcliffe Oval in these 4 matches is 255, and the average 2nd innings score is 245.
The ball comes on nicely on to the bat here. The 2nd match played between New Zealand Development Women and Australia U19 Women was a highly competitive one and in line with the average score here. The 3rd match is also likely to see teams amassing 200+ totals.
It was a comfortable win for the New Zealand Development Women in the first match. However, the 2nd match was an extremely tight encounter.
Australia U19 Women won the toss and elected to bat. Annabel Sutherland was the star of the show as she smashed a sublime century; the youngster made 103 off 117 deliveries. Phoebe Litchfield also played a good hand and added 31 runs for her side, while Hannah Darlington’s cameo of 22 off 22 helped the visitors reach a total of 248.
In response, Kiwi opener Lauren Down took charge for the hosts. She piled on 82 off 98 deliveries to give New Zealand a healthy start. Jess Watkin and Thamsyn Newton played their part by contributing 23 and 30 runs respectively, while Kate Anderson played an important knock of 30.
Ultimately, with 6 needed off 3 deliveries, Skye Bowden held her nerve to smash a huge six and take her team to victory. With the win, the hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
The visitors will be looking to win the 3rd match and gain some momentum ahead of the solitary T20 match to be played after it. Although it was a much-improved performance by them in the 2nd match, they would want to convert that into a win and end the series on a high.
Meanwhile, the Kiwis will be in no mood to relax; they would hope to complete the whitewash by winning the third match as well.
Previous Match XI and Probable Changes
New Zealand Development Women:
Lauren Down, Saachi Shahri, Jess Watkin (c), Thamsyn Newton, Polly Inglis (wk), Kate Anderson, Jacinta Savage, Arlene Kelly, Jess Kerr, Skye Bowden, Jessica Simmons
Probable Changes: None
Australia U19 Women:
Tahlia Wilson, Josie Dooley, Rachel Trenaman (c), Annabel Sutherland, Maddy Darke (wk), Phoebe Litchfield, Hannah Darlington, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Charli Knott, Stella Campbell, Isabelle Afaras
Probable Changes: None
Sportskeeda’s Dream XI
Nicole Faltum could not do much for Australia U19 Women in the first match and Maddy Darke was given an opportunity in the 2nd encounter. The wicketkeeper made 17 runs and took 2 catches besides making a stumping in the 2nd match. She is tidy behind the stumps and explosive in front of them, making her a good pick.
Lauren Down, Saachi Shahri, Josie Dooley, Rachel Trenaman
Lauren Down has played match-winning knocks in both of the encounters. The Kiwi opener smashed 86 off 67 deliveries in the first match and 82 runs off 98 deliveries in the 2nd. Down will look to continue the good run and help her team win the series 3-0.
Saachi Shahri hit a well-timed fifty in the first match. She got a start in the 2nd match as well but had to return to the pavilion for just 14 runs. The Indian origin player played a few significant knocks for Auckland Women during the recently concluded New Zealand Cricket Women’s One Day Competition.
A big knock is due from Josie Dooley. The 19-year-old Aussie opener got starts in both the matches but the team will require a big knock from her if they want to win the 3rd match.
Rachel Trenaman made 26 runs in the first match but got out on a duck in the 2nd. It is of paramount importance that the Aussie skipper leads from the front in the 3rd encounter.
Alternative: Thamsyn Newton in place of Rachel Trenaman
Jess Watkin, Annabel Sutherland, Hannah Darlington
Both Jess Watkin and Annabel Sutherland are must-haves in the team. The Wanganui-born Watkin has been brilliant with the ball, and all the Aussies have struggled against her right-arm offbreak bowling. Watkin clinched 2 wickets in the first match and 4 scalps in the 2nd match, while also contributing 43 runs with the bat in both matches combined.
Sutherland, on the other hand, has been excellent with the bat. The all-rounder made 58 in the first match and in the second encounter was unfortunate to end up on the losing side despite making a sublime century.
Hannah Darlington has been economical with the ball. The Aussie all-rounder ended with the figures 1 for 33 in 8 overs in the 2nd match. She has also made 37 runs overall in both the matches combined.
Jacinta Savage, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Charli Knott
Jacinta Savage has clinched 2 wickets each in both the matches so far. The right-arm medium pacer has bowled economically and also has the ability to score a few runs with the bat.
Hayley Silver-Holmes and Charli Knott have played exceptionally well for Australia. Silver-Holmes scalped 3 wickets and conceded just 43 runs in her 10 overs in the 2nd match. Knott meanwhile picked up four wickets in the first match and continued the good show by picking up two wickets in the second match.
Knott also has the ability to score a few quick runs with the bat down the order.
Alternative: Skye Bowden in place of Hayley Silver-Holmes
Captain: Jess Watkin
Vice-captain: Annabel Sutherland
Player to watch out for: Annabel Sutherland
The all-rounder is in magnificent form with the bat. After making 58 in the first encounter, she smashed a terrific century in the 2nd. The youngster is expected to make a significant contribution in the 3rd match as well.