The winner of the fixture will move to the finals, whereas the loser will fight again for the bronze medal.
The women’s tournament in Commonwealth Games 2022 is nearing its end, and after a week full of league-stage games, four teams have made it to the semi-finals. While England and New Zealand stood in the first and second position in Group B, Australia and India topped the Group A charts with the former being unbeaten throughout the league stage.
The World Champions will now take on the White Ferns in the second semi-final of the tournament. Australia are in great form, having sailed past India, Barbados, and Pakistan with sheer ease to bag three wins in as many games. New Zealand, on the other hand, faced a heartbreaking defeat against England in the final game of the group stage as they could not even cross the three-figure mark on the scoreboard. Thus, the Aussies will be the favourites in the game to make it to the finals.
AUS-W vs NZ-W Match Details
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date and Time: August 6, 10:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: SONY TEN Network, Sony LIV app
AUS-W vs NZ-W Pitch Report
The game is likely to be a high-scoring one. Australian batters are known for big knocks, and as the Edgbaston pitch is batter-friendly, they would look to utilize it to their best. Even the New Zealand top-order has power hitters. Apart from the batters, it also supports the spinners. The captain winning the toss will look to bat first in order to put up a high total.
AUS-W vs NZ-W, 2nd Semi-final Probable Playing XIs:
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:
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, 2nd Semi-final Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter
Opening the innings for New Zealand, Suzie Bates tries to accumulate as many runs as possible. The team gets a good start only because of her, and she is currently the leading run-scorer in the tournament. This being a do-or-die match, Bates will look to be at her best yet again.
Probable best bowler
The leading wicket-taker for Australia in this tournament currently, McGrath has been good with the bat as well as the ball. The allrounder has been a proven match winner and moulds her game as per the need of the hour. Thus, she will be the one to look out for.