The first game of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 will pit hosts New Zealand Women against West Indies Women. Both teams would like to get off to a good start in the tournament. West Indies appeared to be in poor form during the warmup games, and the team would need to perform better in this game to earn their first points of the season.
In recent years, New Zealand Women have dominated West Indies Women, winning the last four games between the two teams. Their batters appear to be in good form, which should boost the team’s confidence. West Indies has several match-winners on their team, so it will be interesting to see if they can put on a good performance here.
The game between the two teams will take place on March 4th, 2022 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Match Details to Note
Match: New Zealand Women vs West Indies Women, 1st ODI Match, ICC Womens World Cup 2022
Date: March 04, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 6:30 AM IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
New Zealand Women vs West Indies Women Team Previews
Sophie Devine would enter this competition with a lot of confidence. In the warmup game, they defeated Australia Women by a huge margin. Bowling is the only area of concern for the team, and Devine would like to see her bowlers hit form in this game and earn their first points of the tournament.
Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine will look to form a strong partnership at the top, and they performed admirably in the last warmup game. Amelia Kerr has performed admirably since being promoted to the top of the order, and he would like to add runs with Maddy Green and Amy Satterthwaite. Georgia Plimmer, Katey Martin, and Hayley Jensen help the team’s batting.
The West Indies batters are struggling, and the new ball pair of Hannah Rowe and Lea Tahuhu will look to capitalise on this weakness. Devine, Rosemary Mair, and Jensen are experienced bowlers who can limit the scoring rate in the middle overs. For the team to win, Fran Jonas and Kerr must perform well in the supporting roles.
New Zealand Women Squad
Sophie Devine (c), Amy Satterthwaite, Suzie Bates, Georgia Plimmer, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Jess Kerr, Amelia Kerr, Frances Mackay, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Predicted XI: Sophie Devine (c), Katey Martin (wk), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Fran Jonas, Rosemary Mair, Georgia Plimmer
If the results of the warmup games are any indication, Stafanie Taylor’s team has a lot of work to do before this game. Their batting isn’t looking its best right now, and their bowlers must bowl in the right areas as well. Their recent record against New Zealand Women has been dismal, and Taylor hopes to change that in this game.
Rashada Williams and Deandra Dottin will be needed to get the team off to a good start in this game. Taylor, along with Kycia Knight and Haley Matthews, would need to anchor the innings in the middle of the order. Shemaine Campbelle and Chedean Nation have strong hitting abilities, and quick runs should be expected from them later in the lineup.
Because New Zealand Women have a very strong batting line-up, their bowlers would have to bowl good lines in the game. Shamilia Connell and Matthews must make early inroads. Anisa Mohammed is a seasoned campaigner who must play an important role. In this game, Afy Fletcher, Taylor, and Shakera Selman will have to bowl tight lines.
West Indies Women Squad
Stafanie Taylor (c), Anisa Mohammed, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Shakera Selman and Rashada Williams
Predicted XI: Stafanie Taylor (c), Hayley Matthews, Rashada Williams, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight (wk), Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, Shamilia Connell, Shakera Selman
New Zealand Women vs West Indies Women Toss Prediction
The last four games at this venue have been won by the team which bats first. We’ve seen some big scores in recent games played at this venue. At the toss, both captains will have this in mind, and the winning side is expected to bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui is a typical New Zealand venue with something for both batters and bowlers. Fast bowlers have done well with the new ball at this venue, and batters can play through the line on this surface. Spinners cannot rely on surface assistance and must rely on their own abilities.
On March 4, the weather in Mount Maunganui would be clear and ideal for batting. The pitch aids fast bowlers early on, but the conditions are generally favourable for batting. For this event, we anticipate a flat surface. To be safe, the team that bats first must score 275 runs.
New Zealand Women vs West Indies Women Match Prediction
The West Indies Women don’t appear to be in the best of shape going into this game. Their batting has been poor, and the team will need key players to step up and help them get off to a good start in the tournament. New Zealand Women, on the other hand, have been looking ahead to this competition. They are aware of the circumstances, which makes them favourites.
New Zealand Women is the favourite to beat West Indies Women at the odds of 1.11.
- In the last four games between the two teams, New Zealand Women have beaten West Indies Women.
- New Zealand Women play at home, where they have a good understanding of the conditions.
- The West Indies Women looked out of shape in their warmup games, losing both by large margins.