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NZ-W vs IND-W 2022 – New Zealand Women to host India Women for one T20I, five ODIs ahead of 2022 ODI World Cup

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The bilateral series kicks off on February 9 and ends on February 24, with the Women’s ODI World Cup starting on March 4 in Mount Maunganui

India will play a six-match bilateral series comprising a T20I and five ODIs in February on their tour of New Zealand, before the two teams join six other sides in the Women’s ODI World Cup scheduled for March-April.

The series, key to both teams fine-tuning their plans and combinations for the World Cup, will get underway on February 9 with the one-off T20I at McLean Park in Napier and will be followed by the first ODI at the same venue two days later. The Saxton Oval in Nelson will then host the second and third ODIs, on February 14 and 16, with the final two ODIs to be played at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown on February 22 and 24. None of the venues are slated to host any of the 31 World Cup fixtures, which will be played at Eden Park, Seddon Park, Bay Oval, University Oval and Basin Reserve, with Hagley Oval hosting the final.

The bilateral series will be both teams’ first assignment in 2022, a year with two major events on the women’s cricket calendar – the rescheduled ODI World Cup, to be hosted in New Zealand for the first time in 22 years, and the Commonwealth Games in July-August.

The World Cup, originally scheduled for 2021, was postponed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. NZC chief executive David White acknowledged the delay in announcing the summer schedule, explaining it was inevitable given the impact of the pandemic both in New Zealand and abroad, and the knock-on effects on international travel.

“It hasn’t been a straight-forward process and we’ve needed to work through a number of unexpected changes before finalising the arrangements,” White said in an NZC release. “Having said that, I’m delighted with the volume and quality of the international cricket to be played over the summer, particularly given the importance of, and the relevance connected to these games. The India series is a crucial part of the WHITE FERNS’ [New Zealand Women’s] World Cup preparations.”

The two teams last squared off against each other in a bilateral series in January-February 2019, when New Zealand hosted India for six limited-overs games. India clinched the ODI series 2-1 while New Zealand handed them a 3-0 sweep in the T20I leg of the tour.

India’s last international outing was a seven-match tour of Australia in September-October this year, which featured three ODIs and T20Is apiece and a pink-ball Test. New Zealand, meanwhile, last played in September, when they toured England, losing the T20I series 1-2 and the five-ODI series 1-4.



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Recent Match Report – India vs New Zealand 1st Test 2021/22

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The visitors went to tea at 72 for 0 in Kanpur in reply to India’s 345 built on Shreyas Iyer’s debut ton

Tea New Zealand 72 for 0 (Young 46*, Latham 23*) trail India 345 (Iyer 105, Gill 52, Jadeja 50, Southee 5-69, Jamieson 3-91) by 273 runs

Tim Southee delivered one of the great Test-match spells by a visiting fast bowler in India to almost singlehandedly drag New Zealand back into the Kanpur Test. Having nursed a groin strain that took him off the field for parts of the first day’s play, Southee recovered sufficiently – or bowled through residual pain – to pick up four wickets in an unbroken spell of 11 overs on the second morning to complete his 13th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and his second in India.
Starting the day at 258 for 4 with two half-centurions at the crease, India were bowled out for 345 soon after lunch. The bulk of the runs they made came from Shreyas Iyer, who became the 16th India batter to score a century on debut, and R Ashwin, who made a counterattacking 38 at No. 8.

Despite that comeback with the ball, New Zealand were still chasing the game when they began their reply, knowing they would be batting last on a pitch already showing plenty of signs of inconsistent bounce, against an attack including two world-class spinners and another extremely accurate one. In that context, they did very well to go to tea at 72 for no loss, even as India’s attack probed away threateningly, looking to exploit any vagaries of turn or bounce on offer.

India twice had Tom Latham given out lbw – once to Umesh Yadav, once to a massively-spinning ball from Ravindra Jadeja – only for reviews to show he had inside-edged both times. At tea, he was batting on 23. Will Young, meanwhile, began watchfully against the quicks before opening out against the spinners, finding the boundary with a series of sweetly timed drives, both along the ground and lofted, to go to tea on 46.

Kyle Jamieson was New Zealand’s most impactful performer on day one, but he began day two completely out of rhythm, and Iyer, resuming on 75, hit him for five fours in his first three overs of the morning to hurry into the 90s. He brought up his hundred in Jamieson’s next over, with a sliced drive for two backward of point.

By then, though, Southee had already made a crucial incision. He began the day with four balls wide of Jadeja’s off stump, delivered from around the wicket, and the left-hander shouldered arms to all of them. He followed it with one that swung sharply into the stumps, and Jadeja, stuck in his crease, played down the wrong line and was struck on the back pad, with an umpire’s call verdict on height saving him after New Zealand reviewed the initial not-out decision.

Southee didn’t have to wait long to get his man, though. A similar delivery in his next over drew a similar, leaden-footed response, and this time the ball rattled into the stumps via the inside edge.

The wickets kept coming. A pair of full outswingers that weren’t quite full enough to drive prised out Wriddhiman Saha and Iyer; the first, delivered from wide of the crease, drew an off-drive down the wrong line, and the second, delivered from the middle of the box and swerving away straight out of the hand, scrambled the batter’s shape on the drive, the slowness of the pitch also contributing to the ball being spooned to cover point.

Then, in his eighth over of the morning, Southee alternated inswingers to the left-handed Axar Patel with scrambled-seam balls that straightened off the pitch. Axar played and missed at the first scrambled-seam ball, and hung his bat out and edged the second to the keeper. India were 313 for 8.

By then, Ashwin was already on 20 off 22 balls, having come in and taken on Southee’s outswingers, steering, slicing and driving him for three fours in the arc between backward point and extra-cover. Southee kept his spell going for three more overs in the quest to finish the innings off, but Ashwin farmed the strike, refusing singles in the early part of his overs to keep Umesh away from the strike as much as possible.

Ashwin could have been dismissed for 16 when he stepped out to Ajaz Patel and missed an attempted lofted hit, with the ball scooting through unexpectedly low. The ball, however, narrowly missed off stump and bounced off Tom Blundell’s pad before he could react. It could have been the first wicket to fall to a spinner in this Test match, but as on day one – when he missed reviewing an lbw decision against Shubman Gill – the luck wasn’t quite with Ajaz.

It turned after lunch, though, as he spun one out of the footmarks and past the outside edge to bowl Ashwin, and got one to skid through with the arm to trap Ishant Sharma plumb in front.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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WBBL 2021 – Prolific Beth Mooney-Sophie Devine pairing shapes as key to WBBL final

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Adelaide Strikers will back their impressive bowling attack to make their mark again

Perth Scorchers import Sophie Devine is ready to carry Beth Mooney off the ground if her fellow star opener can put in one more heroic display in Saturday’s WBBL final against the Adelaide Strikers.

Devine and Mooney have formed the best opening partnership in the WBBL, with the duo both named in the team of the season.

National team mainstay Mooney has plundered a league-leading 528 runs at an average of 52.80 and a strike rate of 132 for the Scorchers this season, while New Zealander Devine has scored 407 runs at an average of 33.92.

The duo loom as key figures against a powerful Strikers’ bowling attack that has strangled the Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades in back-to-back elimination final wins.

A top of 36 degrees is forecast for Perth on Saturday, but Devine is confident Mooney will be able to handle both the heat and the Strikers’ attack.

“She’s an absolute machine,” Devine said. “It probably doesn’t look like it at times in the past. I think I was watching replays of her in the Heat colours – she was crawling pretty much in between overs.

“But she’s an absolute champion. She’s done this time and time again – not just in Australian colours, but for the Scorchers and for the Heat as well. I’ve got no doubt about her preparation. She’s the ultimate professional, she knows what she needs to do.

“Fingers crossed she has a big one out there. If I have to carry her off, so be it, I’ll take that.”

Strikers captain Tahlia McGrath was straight to the point when asked about the key to beating the Scorchers.

“For us it’s about breaking the partnership of Soph and Moons really early. That’s going to be a crucial decider in the game,” she said.

While the Scorchers earned direct passage into the final after finishing on top of the table, the fourth-placed Strikers had to win two elimination games in the space of two days to get there.

Adelaide thrashed the Heat on Wednesday and destroyed the Renegades on Thursday before making the flight to Perth on Friday. McGrath is adamant her team won’t enter the decider weary.

“Everyone was full of energy at the airport this morning,” McGrath said. “There’s a lot of belief, there’s a lot of fight in the group. It’s a dream group to captain when everyone knows their role and performs. We’ve definitely got one more left in us.”

The Scorchers are hopeful of attracting a crowd in excess of 42,000 for the match at Optus Stadium.



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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs Netherlands 1st ODI 2021/22

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Visitors make three changes from the last ODI they played; hosts recall Wayne Parnell, Kyle Verreynne and Khaya Zondo

Toss Netherlands chose to bowl vs South Africa

Zubayr Hamza and Sisanda Magala were handed their ODI caps as South Africa fielded a new-look side for their opening ODI against Netherlands. There were recalls for Kolpak-returnee Wayne Parnell, wicketkeeper-batter Kyle Verreynne and middle-order batter Khaya Zondo. David Miller turned out to be the most experienced player in the team after South Africa chose to rest six regulars, including captain Temba Bavuma, for this series.
Netherlands made three changes from the last ODI they played, against Ireland in June. Batter Colin Ackermann, allrounder Roelof van der Merwe and quick Brandon Glover, all of whom were born in South Africa, came into the side for Musa Ahmed, Ben Cooper and Logan van Beek, respectively. Neither Cooper nor van Beek are part of the touring party. The other South Africa-born player in the Netherlands’ XI is opening batter Stephan Myburgh, who will partner Max O’Dowd at the top of the order.

The fixture marks the start of South Africa’s home summer, which has been thrown into doubt after a new Covid-19 variant was discovered by scientists in the country this week. Travel restrictions from several countries – including the UK and Singapore – have come into immediate effect, and the Dutch administrators will be meeting with Cricket South Africa today to decide the fate of the rest of the series.

The match also begins a new era in anti-racism demonstrations for South Africa. CSA confirmed that the team will take a knee throughout the summer after being instructed to do so at the T20 World Cup.

South Africa: 1 Janneman Malan, 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Zubayr Hamza, 4 Kyle Verreynne (wk), 5 David Miller, 6 Khaya Zondo, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Keshav Maharaj (capt), 10 Sisanda Magala, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Netherlands: 1 Max O’Dowd, 2 Stephan Myburgh, 3 Scott Edwards (wk), 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Bas de Leede, 6 Pieter Seelaar, 7 Roelof van der Merwe, 8 Timm der Gugten, 9 Fred Klaasen, 10 Vivian Kingma, 11 Brandon Glover

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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