Date: March 5, 2021
Time: 7:30 AM IST
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
After England Women thrashed New Zealand Women in the first T20I on Wednesday, the two teams will lock horns for another exciting contest on Friday. It was an all-round performance from Heather Knight’s side as they clinched the series opener by 7 wickets in a low-scoring contest. While England Women will come out all guns blazing to seal the series, Sophie Devine’s team will be aiming to take the series into a decider. With the stakes so high, the stage is set for an exciting T20I contest in Wellington.
New Zealand Women had a pretty disappointing outing in the first T20I contest of the 3-match series. Only 4 players could register double-digit scores as they were bundled out on 96 in the first innings. Wicket-keeper Katey Martin was the only batter who looked comfortable at the crease, scoring 36 runs. The bowling was also equally dismal as Leigh Kasperek (2/24) was the lone wicket-taker for the Kiwis.
England Women, on the other hand, were at their absolute best on Wednesday. In the bowling department, Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn took two wickets each. Chasing a modest target of 97, openers Tamsin Beaumont (25 off 31) and Danielle Wyatt (33 off 26) laid a solid platform. Nat Sciver (26* off 25) played a solid knock as England Women clinched the victory by 7 wickets.
Probable Playing XI
New Zealand Women:
Sophie Devine(c), Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Amy Satterthwaite, Katey Martin(w), Amelia Kerr, Brooke Halliday, Thamsyn Newton, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair
Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones(w), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers, Freya Davies
Wicket-Keepers: Katey Martin, Amy Ellen Jones
Batsmen: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Thamsyn Newton
All-Rounders: Sophie Devine, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Brooke Halliday, Amelia Kerr
Bowlers: Mady Villiers, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr, Sophie Ecclestone
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