AUS-W vs NZ-W, CWG 2022 2nd semifinal: Match Preview, Head to Head, Playing XI and Broadcast Details
An unbeaten Australia will be eyeing a place in the CWG 2022 Gold Medal match.
Updated - Aug 5, 2022 3:30 pm
Australia Women will be locking horns with New Zealand Women in the second semifinal of the women’s cricket competition in the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG 2022) at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Saturday, August 6. Both teams would be hoping to showcase outstanding performances in order to qualify for the final match.
The Meg Lanning-led side is the undisputed favourites to win this competition and have been unconquerable so far having won all their three matches against India, Barbados, and Pakistan respectively which obviously makes them strong contenders to win this crucial knockout clash. More importantly, the reigning T20 world champions are playing as a unit, and their potential to handle big-match pressure in these types of games is what makes them a formidable side in big tournaments.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have also been impressive, having won their first two games convincingly which rightfully earned them a last-four berth. They beat South Africa by 13 runs and Sri Lanka by 45 runs before getting a reality check from England in their final group stage game which they lost by seven wickets. That match saw the Kiwis being restricted to a paltry 71/9.
It now remains to be seen whether the BlackCaps would be able to bounce back from that humiliating defeat and standing before them are the world beaters Australia, who have already won the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ODI World Cup earlier this year as they look forward to staking their claim on the Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Pitch and conditions
The Edgbaston wicket is a batting-friendly one and is expected to produce a high-scoring encounter with both teams having a rock-solid batting lineup. There is no dew factor in this knockout fixture and batting is expected to be easier in the second innings. Therefore, the captain winning the toss will look to bowl first.
Playing Combinations for AUS-W vs NZ-W
Australia have a strong batting line-up in the form of openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney followed by a strong middle-order comprising Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, etc. The multiple-time world champions also have a lethal bowling attack that is capable of dismantling any opposition. They include Alana King, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt.
Predicted Playing XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
New Zealand Women:
The Kiwis would be hoping that their star opening pair of skipper Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates rise to the occasion with a finals’ berth on the line. A lot will be expected from other players like Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair and Lea Tahuhu after their forgettable performance against England just a couple of days back.
Predicted Playing XI: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Isabella Gaze (wk), Lea Tahuhu, Hannah Rowe, Rosemary Mair, Eden Carson
AUS-W vs NZ-W Head to Head
Played – 46 | Australia – 24 | New Zealand – 21 | No Result – 1 |
AUS-W vs NZ-W Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 10:30 PM
Telecast & Live Streaming – SONY TEN Network, Sony LIV app