Bronze Medal Match: ENG-W vs NZ-W Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between England Women vs New Zealand Women, Commonwealth Cricket Game 2022, Bronze Medal Match

England Women had beaten New Zealand in the group staged by seven wickets.

KARTHIK NAIR

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Published - Aug 07, 2022, 11:00 IST | Updated - Aug 07, 2022, 11:00 IST

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England Women will be taking on New Zealand in the Bronze Medal match of the Women’s Cricket Competition at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday, August 7. Both the teams who were vanquished in the semifinals would now be looking to salvage pride by bagging bronze medals.

England suffered an agonizing four-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the first semifinal. Chasing a gettable target of 165, the former world champions looked in a good position before run-outs of skipper Nat Sciver (41) and wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones (31) changed the complexion of the game. In the end, Sophie Ecclestone’s last-ball six also was not good enough to change the overall results.

The Kiwis, on the other hand, were dismantled by the favourites Australia by five wickets. Even though captain Sophie Devine (53) and middle-order batter Amelia Kerr (40) staged a good fightback, they were restricted to 144/7 which was chased down by the opposition in the final over.

The Nat Sciver-led side has an upper hand heading into this final having beaten New Zealand by seven wickets in the group fixture. The low-scoring encounter saw the Black Caps batters being restricted to a paltry 71/9.

ENG-W vs NZ-W Match Details

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Date and Time: August 7, 2:30 PM IST

Telecast & Live Streaming: SONY TEN Network, Sony LIV app

ENG-W vs NZ-W Pitch Report

The Edgbaston surface is expected to be good for batting with a nice amount of carry. The spinners might not get much assistance, but the pacers would be hoping to make the most of this wicket. A high-scoring encounter can be pretty much on the cards in this third-place playoff fixture and batting will be easier in the second innings. Therefore, the captain winning the toss would be looking to bowl first.

ENG-W vs N-W, Bronze Medal Match Probable Playing XIs:

England Women:

Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Natalie Sciver(c), Amy Jones(w), Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong, Sarah Glenn

New Zealand Women:

Sophie Devine(c), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Georgia Plimmer, Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, Isabella Gaze(w), Hannah Rowe, Fran Jonas

ENG-W vs NZ-W, Bronze Medal Match Probable Top Performers

Probable best batter

Nat Sciver:

Nat Sciver played a valiant knock of 41 runs off 43 deliveries against India in the first semifinal and looked well-set to help her team find a place in the Gold Medal match before her unfortunate run-out in the penultimate over proved to be the turning point of the contest as England suffered a heartbreaking loss. She would now be hoping to replicate an even better performance against New Zealand.

Probable best bowler

Katherine Brunt:

The last time these two sides had locked horns in the CWG 2022 group stages, Katherine Brunt had ripped apart the Kiwi batting lineup with match-winning figures of 2/4 from her three overs at an outstanding economy rate of 1.3 including a maiden. Moreover, the seasoned bowler also has a big match temperament and would be looking to star with the ball yet again and help England manage a podium finish.

Today’s Match Prediction: England to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.