New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women Prediction
- New Zealand will look to build on a dominant opening win as they hit back from their ODI series defeat with a comfortable nine-wicket victory last time out.
- South Africa struggled to 116/7 at the Bay Oval, and in-form Sophie Devine scored yet more runs as she hit 54* from 32 balls; New Zealand needed just 12.2 overs to reach the target.
- This is a warm-up tournament for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, and New Zealand are looking for another T20i series whitewash after thrashing India in their most recent previous bilateral series.
New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women Match Prediction, 2nd T20
New Zealand can double their series lead when they take on South Africa in the second match of this five-game WT20i series – which is serving as a warm-up for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The match takes place at Seddon Park, Hamilton, on February 6 and is scheduled to start at 14:00 local time.
The hosts were in dominant form in the first game of the series as both Leigh Kasperek and Amelia Kerr took 2-17 from their four overs to help limit South Africa to 116/7. In reply, Sophie Devine continued her supreme form with another half-century – hitting 54* from 32 balls as New Zealand took just 12.2 overs to wrap up a nine-wicket win.
It was in stark contrast to the ODI series which preceded this one, which South Africa surprisingly won 3-0, and New Zealand are now big favourites to rack up a big series win to build momentum ahead of the World Cup. South Africa will hope the return of Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp and Sune Luus will make a difference this time.
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New Zealand won the toss and fielded first last time out, though Seddon Park may be more favourable to the team batting first than the Bay Oval was.
Hamilton will be clear, dry and sunny on Thursday, with temperatures in the mid-20s. There will be a bit of wind around, however.
Seddon Park tends to be good for batting, though Sune Luus’ success at the ground in the ODI series shows there is turn too.
New Zealand Women Team News & Playing 11
NZW Team News
Lea Tahuhu, back in the squad after skipping the WODI series as wife Amy Satterthwaite gave birth to their first child, was straight back into the team for the first game of the series. Rachel Priest took the gloves and opened the batting, but Suzie Bates could slot back in at the top of the order after dropping to three. New Zealand may stick with the same personnel after that win, however.
NZW Key Players
Sophie Devine: Her fine T20 form continues, hitting 54* from 32 balls to pick up where she left off in the WBBL and then the Women’s Super Smash. The only surprise was that her bowling did not match last time out.
Suzie Bates: Dropped down to number three last time out, but the world’s top-ranked WT20i batsmen may have a bigger impact on proceedings this time out.
Leigh Kasperek: Figures of 2-17 last time out means she has now taken 60 wickets in 35 T20 internationals.
NZW Team Form
New Zealand whitewashed India in their previous T20i series to this one and their winning form continued last time out as Sophie Devine hit yet another half-century in a nine-wicket win – chasing just 117 – to beat South Africa at Mount Maunganui. She was outshone with the ball, however – Amelia Kerr and Leigh Kasperek both taking 2-17 to limit the tourists to 116/7.
New Zealand Women Predicted Playing 11
Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Rachel Priest (wk), Maddy Green, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Rosemary Mair
SA Women Team News & Playing 11
SAW Team News
Sune Luus did not play last time out but could return to the team for this game after her excellent performance at Hamilton in the WODI series. If she does, she could open – as she did in South Africa’s previous WT20i before this one. Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk were other notable absentees last time out who could be set to return. All three missed out with minor injuries last time out.
SAW Key Players
Mignon du Preez: Scored a patient 20 last time out but she knows – and has showed with her recent T20 batting form – she is capable of more with the bat.
Lizelle Lee: In excellent form in the recent WODI series, if she fires at the top of the order, South Africa will score much more than last time out.
Marizanne Kapp: One of the three key players whose absence was keenly felt last time out, she is key with the ball and showed decent batting at the WBBL too.
SAW Team Form
South Africa lost their previous WT20i series to India and have now lost the opening game of this series too – albeit they were hampered by three key absences. Nevertheless, they will be disappointed to have struggled to just 116/7 with the bat – a score which New Zealand needed just 12.2 overs to chase down.
SA Women Predicted Playing 11
Lizelle Lee (wk), Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Dane van Niekerk (c), Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka
NZW vs SAW Head to Head
Sophie Devine was in good form when these teams last met and continued that last time out as New Zealand stretched their dominant WT20i record to seven wins in eight matches in the format against South Africa.
NZE vs SAW Head to Head Stats
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